Elon Musk smokes marijuana live on YouTube chat show
Elon Musk is having a weird year. The Tesla billionaire is frequently making the news, choosing to spend his copious amounts of money on sending a car into space or providing US citizens with their very own flamethrowers, and gaining an avid following in the process. However, the news isn't always so positive.
"This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career," he told The New York Times in April. "It was excruciating." With all that on his plate, he had plenty to talk about when he appeared on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast, in a two-and-a-half hour live interview on Rogan's YouTube channel.
In the interview, he said that he realised he was different from other people when he was around five, and thought his intelligence may have been a "mutation" in his brain. "At first I thought I was insane," he said, before going on to talk about his relationship with Twitter.
"There's a lot of negativity on Twitter," he said, and went on to talk about making mistakes on line. "I'm not sure why anyone thinks deleting a tweet will make it go away," he said, pointing to the fact that, for people as popular as Musk, the tweets they regret will always be recovered by someone out there, usually in a screenshot.
He did insist that he does ignore the vast majority of negative comments he faces, which doesn't exactly ring true, given the fact that he was once taunted into donating money to Flint, Michigan's clean water crisis.
There was also the time that a rescue diver, who helped when the 12 Thai children were trapped underground, referred to his actions during the crisis as a "PR stunt". Musk, clearly not too bothered about the comment, called the diver a "pedo". Not stopping there, he went on a long rant in an email to BuzzFeed, where he claimed (with absolutely no evidence) that the same man had a "child bride," and referred to him as a "child rapist".
Yeah, doesn't seem like he was that bothered by it at all.
But, to show us all how totally chill he really is, he smoked up in the interview. At one point during the video, Musk, who was drinking whiskey, was offered a joint containing tobacco and marijuana. Musk admitted that he wasn't a "regular smoker of weed," and had maybe tried it once in the past, but tried it out regardless.
You can see that Musk, much like with the Flint situation, was likely tempted into doing it by Rogan's comment that "you probably can't because of stockholders, right?"
Yeah, that's always going to work on this particular billionaire. It seems fairly clear by now that you don't tell Elon Musk what he can't do. This is, after all, this is the man who launched a car into space because he felt like it.