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Elon Musk Likens Billionaire George Soros to X-Men Supervillain Magneto After He Dumps Tesla Stock

Christiaan Hetzner
Fortune, May 16, 2023

“The comparison to Magneto is problematic to contemporary comics fans, as the character has joined the roster of the X-Men multiple times, most recently in 2019, when (spoiler alert) he co-founded a breakaway mutant island nation called Krakoa, which some critics have compared to Israel.” 
Elon Musk lashed out at George Soros after the billionaire liquidated his stake in Tesla, smearing the 92-year-old in a personal attackfresh from picking a new CEO for his financially troubled Twitter acquisition, the entrepreneur compared the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor to the nemesis of Marvel’s popular band of mutant protagonists. “Soros reminds me of Magneto,” he wrote on Monday, claiming the philanthropist uses his considerable wealth to the detriment of mankind. The world’s second-wealthiest businessman did not explain what prompted his attack on Soros, but a quarterly SEC filing last week revealed that the investor dumped his entire $16 million stake in Musk’s company last week, along with most of his shares in EV rival Rivian.

It’s unclear if Musk realizes what a loaded comparison he was making. In early 1960s comics, the X-Men character began as a villain leading the “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants,” but a retcon in the ’80s transformed him into a tragic antihero, explaining his hatred of humankind in a flashback where he escaped a Nazi death camp but not before losing every member of his family. This narrative will be familiar to fans of the X-Men film adaptations from the aughts.

Soros reminds me of Magneto
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2023
You assume they are good intentions. They are not. He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2023 … [To read the full article, click here]

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