Elon Musk Trashes Bob Iger, Says Disney CEO Should Be 'Fired Immediately'
By Jace Dela Cruz
Dec 08, 2023 02:29 AM EST
Dec 08, 2023 02:29 AM EST
Elon Musk has escalated his feud with Disney CEO Bob Iger, taking to his social media platform, X, to call for his immediate ouster.
In a fiery post on Thursday, Musk criticized Iger, saying he believes the Disney executive should be "fired immediately" and suggesting that Walt Disney himself would be dismayed by the company's current state under Iger's leadership, Business Insider reported.
The tech mogul's criticism of the Disney CEO started after pouncing on the news about the recent legal action taken by New Mexico's attorney general against Meta and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, a longtime rival of Elon Musk.
The lawsuit alleged that Meta's social networks, particularly Instagram and Facebook, inadequately protect children and become "prime locations for predators to trade child pornography and solicit minors for sex."
An X user pointed out that Disney continued advertising on Meta despite these allegations. Elon Musk barged in and said, "Bob Eiger [sic] thinks it's cool to advertise next to child exploitation material. Real stand-up guy."
Musk's misspelling of Iger's name didn't detract users from reacting to his critique. When a user questioned why Iger had not been removed from his position, Musk responded unequivocally, "He should be fired immediately."
Musk further endorsed this sentiment by succinctly stating "truth" in response to a news headline reporting on his call for Iger's dismissal. Disney has recently pulled ads from X after Musk supported an antisemitic post.
This is not the first time Elon Musk has taken a combative stance against advertisers who withdrew from X.
After several companies previously pulled their ads from X following Musk's support of an antisemitic post, the tech billionaire had an abrupt and vulgar response about this issue at The New York Times' DealBook Summit, telling these firms to "Go f--- yourself."
In the same event, Musk specifically targeted Bob Iger, saying, "Is that clear? I hope it is. Hey, Bob." The public spat adds a new chapter to the ongoing tension between Musk and several entities, which showcased his unfiltered and aggressive approach to disputes on social media.
Earlier in the summit, Business Insider reported that Iger was asked about his firm's decision to pull advertising on X. The Disney CEO said: "We know Elon is larger than life in many respects and that his name is very much tied to the companies he either has founded, or he owns, whether it's Tesla or SpaceX or now X."
"By him taking the position that he took in quite a public manner, we just felt that the association with that position and Elon Musk and X was not necessarily a positive one for us," he added, which seemed to refer to Musk's boosting of an antisemitic post last month.
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