As usual, Elon Musk thinks he has the answers.
Musk previously claimed he alone could save a group of trapped boys in a Thailand cave and solve the water crisis in Flint, Michigan within hours or days. Ultimately, Musk contributed nothing tangible or helpful to either effort.
As for the current pandemic and reopening, people wonder if it's too soon. How do we do this safely? Is it even possible to do this safely at all?
Probably the last question any of us thought to ask was what would a rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings look like. But that's the one we got answered.
It all started when Musk announced his Tesla factory would be reopening.
Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If any… https://t.co/c6C8SDqyNY— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1589229412.0
The Tesla factory in Alameda County had received approval from California Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen. However, county officials overturned that decision, due to safety concerns.
Musk, ever ready to run his mouth against all caution, did precisely that in the tweet above.
While many criticized or defended the stance across the internet, famous Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings couldn't help himself and made a joke at Musk's expense.
He had us fooled in the first half, not gonna lie.
Can't believe I'm actually agreeing with Elon Musk, but he is absolutely correct: please arrest Elon Musk. https://t.co/NH1vyDoJHN— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1589232672.0
Musk was quick to respond.
@KenJennings All other car companies are allowed to manufacture *except* Tesla, you knucklehead. No wonder you got… https://t.co/LkrUaFWyt6— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1589279867.0
If there's one thing two famous nerd figures bring out, it's a nerd fight in the comments. And that's exactly what we had here.
The Twitter responses had people for Musk, for Jennings and those who are just over Musk and his empty promises.
@ctoLarsson @KenJennings musk did none of those things— i bless the rains down in castamere (@i bless the rains down in castamere)1589336779.0
@Star5AtNight @KenJennings @rabiasquared The State allowed @Tesla to reopen. An unqualified County official went ag… https://t.co/kIGRWwQtdq— Nathaniel Krakov (@Nathaniel Krakov)1589248481.0
@elonmusk @KenJennings Waaahhhhhh. The others get to open next week, why can't we open this week? Everyone knows wi… https://t.co/BFBsOZxuBf— Chicken Little (@Chicken Little)1589280269.0
Ken Jennings getting in a Twitter beef with Elon Musk is the kind of quarantine content I'm looking for. https://t.co/3jTSIJVDVN— Anna Young (@Anna Young)1589332236.0
Musk is no stranger to a tweeting controversy. For a long time, he was in hot water over announcing plans to maybe take Tesla private, with the funding for that already secured.
However, the ensuing SEC investigation led to Musk forced out as the chairman of Tesla, millions of dollars in fines and in-house counsel to review Musk's tweets. You'd think that last one would have a bigger effect on his Twitter behavior.
Despite this, Musk still tweets out nonsense that brings the internet together in dunking on the billionaire.
@jpv4real @KenJennings Do you want to live on Mars or not?— CaptCovid (@CaptCovid)1589303020.0
Elon Musk says this is about civil liberties. So how many civil liberties activists can you remember threatening to… https://t.co/VVfRpvnuUz— lvl 45 covid potus (@lvl 45 covid potus)1589328698.0
Elon Musk furloughed thousands of factory workers and ordered pay cuts. Meanwhile, he stands to take home a $700M… https://t.co/XuUwfo3SNe— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich)1589141681.0
Musk has recently worked out an agreement with the Alameda County regarding the reopening of the Tesla factory. The County released a statement advising that if Tesla adds some safety recommendations to its plans, it could get permission to open next week.
No one has been arrested and local law enforcement said there were no plans to arrest anyone or issue citations.