So the Year of Elon Musk's Extended Public Meltdown continues apace in the only way it possibly could - for the tech billionaire to go on Joe Rogan's podcast, smoke some weed, and talk about 15 year old Matthew McConaughey movies. It's been a rough year for Mr. Musk - between some PR snafus around calling a cave rescuer a pedophile for no reason, accidentally inviting an SEC investigation into his company by getting high with his girlfriend, musician Grimes, and tweeting that he would be taking Tesla private (at a stock price of $420/share BLAZE IT), and generally acting like an insane weirdo on Twitter nonstop (which I actually kind of respect - it doesn't matter how many billions of dollars you have, you can still be an online-obsessed goof!). But actually going on the Joe Rogan podcast (which is fun, in the head-shaking "Jesus Christ what the fuck" kind of way) and smoking a blunt on camera is PROBABLY not the best idea for the head of a major publicly-traded corporation (despite, as I am well aware, weed is legal in California and is genuinely not a big deal!). Here's the whole 2 hour interview, if that's what you actually have the time to watch:
But more importantly, here is the weed moment:
Also, the dude mentioned that he didn't really feel anything, but HE DIDN'T EVEN INHALE, C'MON BRO.
Again - there is absolutely nothing wrong with a person smoking pot, let alone a single lil puff like this. But - hey - optics are a pretty big thing in corporate America, especially when there are SO MANY eyes on you (as is the case with Elon Musk). So far the stock has dropped precipitously, Tesla's chief accountant has resigned (after only being there a month), and EVERYONE ONLINE IS RIPPING ON ELON MUSK FOR MAKING WEED LOOK SO GODDAMN LAME.
D.A.R.E. spent years trying to convince kids that smoking pot wasn't cool. Who knew all it took was having some fucking nerd do it on camera? pic.twitter.com/1hxBfRnXyH-- Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) September 7, 2018
You've gotta hand it to Elon Musk, who is somehow the most embarrassing CEO of 2018 in a year where one of his competitors used the N-word on a conference call about pizza-- Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) September 7, 2018
Elon Musk is such an innovator he created a way to look lame smoking a blunt pic.twitter.com/dM7Ndd99QA-- Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) September 7, 2018
"so the dogs of Paw Patrol, they can talk and drive cars and fly planes ... but the cats ... they're just, like, cats ..." pic.twitter.com/Txs93s9ivo-- Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 7, 2018
Elon Musk today pic.twitter.com/gCx7GnEEMK-- Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) September 7, 2018
tfw you realise you're going to go to jail for securities fraud pic.twitter.com/PFajbajZpX-- dan nolan (@dannolan) September 7, 2018
I feel bad for Elon Musk because he's gonna be the first person to smoke weed, get paranoid, and say "is everybody talking about me??" and the answer is actually yes pic.twitter.com/M6O2mcY2At-- Samantha Ruddy (@samlymatters) September 7, 2018
"Okay, but if it's the same universe in The Jungle Book and TaleSpin, what the hell happened in between?" pic.twitter.com/i7fz6qz0Dv-- Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) September 7, 2018
Unfortunately, people are sorta sleeping on the REAL best part of the interview, where Joe Rogan and Elon Musk commisserated over a samurai sword, which is just about the most Joe Rogan podcast thing possible:
this is The Joe Rogan Experience distilled into its most perfect form pic.twitter.com/RLjUmyoUPy-- Brendan Karet 🚮 (@bad_takes) September 7, 2018