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Elon Musk trolls the left with ‘brainwashed’ meme – will they leave Twitter?

Elon Musk. (Brendan Smialowski/La Nacion via ZUMA Press/TNS)
December 29, 2022

Twitter CEO Elon Musk posted a politically charged meme on Wednesday accusing his left wing critics of being “brainwashed.”

The meme shows a human figure plastered with corporate logos and left-leaning political symbols. The figure tells a man, “They brainwashed you,” and the man, holding only an American flag, replies, “Really?”

“I’m not brainwashed!!” Musk wrote above the meme.

This isn’t the first time the billionaire entrepreneur trolled his vocal detractors on the left. Earlier this month, he said his “pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” poking at the LGBT community and admirers of Anthony Fauci, the face of the U.S. response to COVID-19.

Many Twitter users have mulled leaving the platform since Musk took it over in October, but so far they have largely stayed, The Hill reported. A study found that of 140,000 people who said they’d leave for the rival service Mastodon, only 1.6 percent actually did.

Musk posted a similar meme in March making fun of the left for adopting uniform political opinions. It showed a blank-faced man with a Ukraine flag and various LGBT flags and said, “I support the current thing.”

In Musk’s latest meme, the left figure is masked and jabbed with five syringes, likely representing COVID vaccines. It has a “Black Lives Matter” button on its chest, and its limbs feature logos for CNN, Google and several social media sites, including Musk’s Twitter. Behind it, a flag combines the transgender flag, the “Pride” flag, and the Islamic star and crescent.

The opposing figure’s head is a common design known as a “Chad” face, which represents a strong, desirable male.

In the replies, Musk elaborated his thoughts on pronoun usage after a user implied he was overly fearful of them.

“I’m not a fan of pronouns when someone is giving every possible visual cue for he or she, but then still insists on telling you exactly what you expect,” he said. “I do support pronouns that aren’t completely obvious based on visual cues.”

When a user explained why “we cis people” specify pronouns, even when they’re obvious, Musk replied: “I’m not cis, you are.”