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Elon Musk apologizes to the cave diver for calling him a ‘pedo’—sort of

Musk says his comment was 'spoken in anger.'


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 18, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:50 am CDT

Elon Musk, who seems to favor Twitter lately as his preferred medium for communicating with the public, apologized on Wednesday for calling the diver who helped locate the 12 boys and their coach in a Thailand cave a “pedo.”

In a couple of tweets, Musk (after praising a Quora article about him as “well-written”) said his comment was made “in anger” after the diver, Vern Unsworth, suggested that Musk “engage in a sexual act” with the submarine that Musk created for the rescue—a device which no one asked for and ultimately wasn’t used in the rescue. Unsworth said in an interview that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Musk went on to say that “his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.”

The apology comes days after Unsworth said he was pondering a lawsuit against Musk for the now-deleted “pedo” tweet. (Screengrab below.)

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Musk’s apology, as many people have pointed out, doesn’t feel that substantial. He called Unsworth a pedophile, which seems to purport that the diver was in Thailand for child trafficking. And he’s apologizing probably because of the backlash for his comment. He justifies the “pedo” comment because Unsworth said something negative about his submarine first. Very mature!

Unsworth hasn’t said whether or not he will still pursue the lawsuit against Musk. He told Reuters that he was aware of Musk’s apology but did not offer any more comments.


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*First Published: Jul 18, 2018, 8:43 am CDT