Ever since tech magnate and inveterate poster Elon Musk was dragged right into a lawsuit by Twitter for trying to again out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media firm, his private account has been in one thing of a flop period.
It’s a tough factor to quantify — the tweets nonetheless pull in tens or a whole lot of hundreds of likes from over a 100 million devoted followers and crypto spambots — however his identify traits much less, and particular person takes don’t break via into the broader discourse as usually. The final his “insights” bought a lot traction, Musk was warning of imminent inhabitants collapse and urging us to have extra infants, though the consultants say that no such disaster is forthcoming. (On the similar time, we had been studying of secret twins he’d fathered with certainly one of his personal high executives.)
But when his calls to be fruitful and multiply had a semi-religious taste to them, then his ex Grimes — additionally the mom to 2 of his 9 youngsters — has gone a step additional by right this moment tweeting that the Earth is simply 4,000 years previous and dinosaurs “had been planted by god to confuse us.”
Like her on-and-off-again boyfriend, the Canadian electropop musician has styled herself as an agent of on-line chaos and enjoys a little bit of trolling right here and there. It’s attention-grabbing, nonetheless, that Grimes would wish to trigger a stir on Twitter with Younger Earth creationism, a bog-standard perception of many Christian fundamentalists, as an alternative of… one thing cooler. Just a few weeks in the past, she was polling followers to ask whether or not she ought to convert to “Greco Roman polytheism or historic Egyptian polytheism,” both of which appear way more in keeping with her maximalist and transhumanist aesthetic, then mentioned she was “nearly completed creating an experimental polytheistic faith” of her personal.
So what occurred to the Cult of Grimes? The numbers communicate for themselves: Her creationist tweet bought way more engagement than the polytheism stuff inside simply two hours, and it’s spreading quick. Each she and Musk (who nonetheless interact regularly on the platform) appear to be gravitating towards a reactionary religion — if solely as a way to consideration. Musk’s misguided arguments for extra procreation got here across the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a watershed victory for the non secular proper in America. He’s additionally articulated a cosmic model of Manifest Future with the declare that god would need us to beat the universe.
Grimes’ newest tweet, then, could be interpreted as an acceleration of their mutual trajectory. Fairly than make the coded references to Christian conservatism that Musk has most well-liked thus far, she’s echoed some full-blown junk science that first arose in opposition to Darwin’s theories of evolution. Because the push to show this nonsense in public colleges continues to at the present time, parroting the concept to a big viewers, even jokingly, is type of wack. And if that is, as I believe, a trollish recreation of hen by which each events must preserve upping the ante with a dumber rationalization of the world we stay in, Musk has his work minimize out for him. Perhaps it’ll be Flat Earth subsequent — he’s at all times a number of years late to the most well liked traits.
That mentioned, don’t anticipate the pair to start out attending a dinosaur-denying church anytime quickly. They each submit sufficient rubbish that they’ve most likely each forgotten their actual opinions anyway. Every unhealthy tweet simply passes the time till they will consider one other one.
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