The Billionaire’s Fascination with Adult Swim’s Cult Classic
Elon Musk, the tech mogul who’s as famous for his Twitter antics as he is for his ventures into space and electric cars, has once again dipped his toes into the realm of pop culture. This time, he’s commenting on a show that has previously taken a jab at him: Adult Swim’s ‘Rick and Morty.’ The series is set to return for its seventh season on October 15th, and it seems Musk is already getting into the spirit.
Musk’s Latest Tweet About ‘Rick and Morty’
Earlier today, Musk retweeted an Adult Swim video clip from the episode titled “Something Ricked This Way Comes.” The clip features characters Rick and Summer getting “juiced up” and beating up The Devil. Musk’s reaction? A simple “lol.” But what makes this interaction intriguing is the episode’s underlying message, which seems to be at odds with Musk’s public persona.
“It seems he was amused by it since he dropped a ‘lol,’ and we’re guessing he retweeted it because it has the DMX song in it – he thinks there’s some kind of symbolic connection there or some other nonsense like that,” says the original source.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2023
The Irony of Musk’s Amusement
The episode in question doesn’t just stop at beating up The Devil. In the end credits scene, it goes on to deliver brutal justice to a neo-nazi, a schoolyard bully, a religious extremist, and a dog abuser. The message is clear: sometimes you have to offer hate-mongers a rough reminder that they’re not welcome.
“The message is that sometimes you have to offer hate-mongers a rough reminder that they’re not welcome – instead of rolling out a metaphorical red carpet for them to spin their steaming piles of conspiracies as others have,” adds the source.
A Past Jab at Musk in ‘Rick and Morty’
What’s even more interesting is that ‘Rick and Morty‘ has previously taken a dig at Musk. In an episode from the fourth season titled “One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty,” the show introduces a character named Elon Tusk, who is essentially Musk but with tusks. The episode makes it clear that Elon Tusk has a stronger sense of personal humility than our real-world Musk, thanks to those tusks.
“And if there’s one thing that our Musk needs is a decent sense of humility & humbleness,” the source comments.
A Sign of Forgiveness?
Musk’s recent tweet could be seen as a sign that he’s “forgiven” Adult Swim for their previous jabs, especially considering he once referred to Justin Roiland, one of the show’s creators, as “the heart of the show.”
“Of course, his siding up again with Rick and Morty might be a sign that he’s ‘forgiven’ Adult Swim for booting Justin Roiland – ‘the heart of the show,’ as he referred to him back at the beginning of the year,” the source speculates.
He is also the heart of the show
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2023
The Complex Relationship Continues
As ‘Rick and Morty‘ gears up for its seventh season, it’s clear that the show continues to hold a strange fascination for Elon Musk. Whether it’s a love-hate relationship or simply Musk’s way of staying in the pop culture conversation, one thing’s for sure: it’s always entertaining to see these worlds collide.