Elon Musk—Tesla and SpaceX CEO—openly shamed left-wing satire news outlet The Onion while encouraging his Twitter followers to read right-wing The Babylon Bee, on Thursday.
The Onion ran an article titled ‘The Richest Person In Every State And How They Made Their Money‘ which poked fun at the likes of Danny DeVito, Charles Koch, and Warren Buffet in addition to Musk.
But when the slideshow reaches Texas, The Onion jokes that Mr. Musk had really made his money from “apartheid,” a system of racial segregation.
Musk didn’t think it was funny, so he returned fire by both humiliating The Onion as well as complementing their rival, The Babylon Bee.
“SHAME ON YOU, ONION,” MUSK shot back at the onion, ADDING, “THIS IS WHY PEOPLE ARE SWITCHING TO @THEBABYLONBEE!
Not The Bee—a Babylon Bee offshoot covering more serious news—reveled in the fact that their sister website had just received praises from the tech titan:
Forbes notes that Musk used to enjoy The Onion’s material:
“There was a time when Elon Musk really admired The Onion, to the point where he expressed interest in buying it.
“According to the Daily Beast, Musk used to regularly email The Onion’s writers and editors about jokes he enjoyed. Nowadays, he seems to have lost his affection for the biting satirical publication, after they cut a little close to the bone.”
Musk’s appreciation for conservative humor is significant as he has made it clear in the past that he is not a conservative politically speaking.