Elon Musk life-size bronze statue in Manhattan mocked online

Social media is a place where beautiful things happen, such as sharing information with family and friends, keeping in touch with loved ones, and posting photos of our daily lives. However, it can also be a scary place because of online bashing and mocking.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no beginner when it comes to online parody, but he usually posts funny memes and quirky remarks on his infamous Twitter account. He’s got the brains and billions of bucks to invest in spacecrafts and futuristic electric cars and is a household name around the world – and now Elon Musk is being celebrated on the streets of the Big Apple.

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla celebrated his 50th birthday on 28 June and in his honour, public investing app public.com created a one-of-a-kind, life-sized Elon statue. It celebrates the billionaire’s brilliance and half a century’s worth of life.

But recently, he became the target of social media’s fierceness, or at least, his statue did. Despite his birthday, people all over Twitter could not help but mock the statue. The response from social media users has been fierce, suggesting it may not be safe, even with calls for the head to come off.

“Thank you for installing these new public toilets,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Wow thank you ugly giant statue no one asked for,” wrote another.

“The worst statue I have ever seen for one of the worst people alive. Perfect.” said another.

One of them even posted an image of an unidentified statue – next to another with the head missing, with the caption: “Re-enact”.

Musk’s life-size sculpture arrived in Manhattan on 28 June 2021, organised by Public.com. The investing website tweeted that whether you love or hate Musk, he still turned 50. The website also gave away 100 pieces of tiny Elon Musk statues and mentioned that what users do with their mini Musk’s would be up to the owner.

Musk, who was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1971, has become one of the wealthiest people in the world thanks to the value of his electric car company Tesla. He has an estimated net worth of around US$184 billion (£132 billion).