Elon Musk’s fiery response to companies pulling ads: ‘Go screw yourself’

Elon Musk has a new message for advertisers pulling back from the platform: “Go fuck yourself”.an appearance at The New York Times’ DealBook event is where Musk repeated the sentiment multiple times. “Don’t advertise,” Musk said. “If somebody is going to try and blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is.” And to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Musk added, “Hey Bob,” in an apparent reference to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who appeared at the same event earlier in the day and spoke about the company’s decision to pull ads following Musk’s tweet earlier this month. Iger said that Disney’s association with X was “not necessarily a positive one for us,” according to Variety. Musk expressed some regret for engaging with the tweet that’s resulted in another exodus of advertisers from X. He said, “I should have not replied to that particular person… I essentially handed a loaded gun to those who hate me.” X didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. X CEO Linda Yaccarino had a front-row seat to the remarks, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which reports the former ad exec sat “stone-faced” during Musk’s tirade.