What is the Babylon Bee? Elon Musk slams CNN, wokeness in no-holds-barred interview
Elon Musk also called woke culture a 'mind virus' and clapped back at Elizabeth Warren over taxpaying jibe
In a recent hour-long interview with The Babylon Bee, Elon Musk slammed woke culture describing it as a "mind virus" and "arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization." "Wokeness wants to make comedy illegal," Musk continued in the interview, saying "Do we want a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation, and hate? At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be cruel, armored in false virtue."
Babylon Bee EIC Kyle Mann also asked Elon Musk why had been mean to Senator Warren on Twitter lately. "Please don't call the manager on me, Senator Karen," Kyle read out one of Musk's tweets addressed to Senator Warren after she accused him of not paying enough taxes.
traceroute woke_mind_virus— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2021
To this, Musk replied saying that she had started the rather heated exchange after calling him a freeloader and claiming that he doesn't pay enough taxes."She struck first, obviously. She called me a freeloader and a grifter who doesn't pay taxes, basically. And - I'm literally paying the most tax that any individual in history has ever paid, this year, ever. And she doesn't pay tax... basically at all. And her salary is paid for by the taxpayer, like me," Musk told Babylon Bee.
One of the Babylon Bee guys told Musk that he could use the term 'irony' for it to which Musk replied that "If you could die of irony, she would be dead," referring to Senator Warren. Furthermore, when asked why Musk had not been appearing on CNN, he stated that it was because he was "not perverted enough"
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon asked Musk if he ever grew tired or annoyed from the continuous questions about his wealth and taxes. Musk went on to explain that most of his wealth was in stocks which is not taxable. Unless he sold stock, he would not have to pay taxes on that money. He said that he owned relatively little wealth in cash.
He also talked about the 'not paying taxes' accusations from 2018. He explained that he had overpaid in 2017 which netted out in 2018. Since the lion's share of his wealth actually exists in the form of taxes, he was relieved from a bunch of taxable events.
What is the Babylon Bee?
Founded in 2016, the Babylon Bee is a conservative satirical site that has taken on a range of topics from religion and politics to science and health. Due to its right-leaning slant the site's content has often been labelled 'fake news' by fact-checker Snopes and Facebook's slew of third-party investigators, leading to lawsuits and threats of litigation by the Bee. This even after the website is very clearly labelled satire, and has never claimed otherwise.
Babylon Bee articles have often been mistaken for factual reporting and its articles have been mistakenly covered by a number of major news outlets thinking them to be factual. One of its pieces was even retweeted by former President Donald Trump.
The Babylon Bee founder's launched a sister non-satirical site caled Not The Bee in 2020.