Tesla CEO—and prospective new Twitter owner—Elon Musk is known for his eccentric, often boundary-pushing tweets.
But one he posted on Mother's Day crossed a line, at least where Musk's mother Maye was concerned.
On the big day, Elon Musk posted a cryptic tweet about dying "under mysterious circumstances" after a Russian official threatened him for supporting Ukraine. But Maye—a well-known fashion and beauty model for 50 years—wasn't laughing.
She quickly set her son straight with a quote tweet, seen below.
That\u2019s not funnyhttps://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1523465632502906880\u00a0\u2026
In a chiding tweet most of us could probably hear in our own mother's voices, Maye Musk wrote "That's not funny" along with several angry frown emojis.
Maye Musk's hackles were up because of the strange tweet Elon Musk posted earlier that evening, which just read:
"If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya"
The timing of the tweet would imply it was a response to a threat issued to Elon Musk by Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin, who lashed out at him earlier that day for supplying Ukraine's military with his Starlink satellite internet terminals amid the Russian invasion.
Elon appeared undeterred by Rogozin's rhetoric however.
Along with a screenshot of Rogozin's press release in which he claimed the troops Musk supplied with Starlink terminals are "Nazis," he included a tersely worded retort.
The word \u201cNazi\u201d doesn\u2019t mean what he seems to think it doespic.twitter.com/pk9SQhBOsG
"The word 'Nazi' doesn’t mean what he seems to think it does."
Rogozin directly threatened Musk for his involvement, writing:
"Elon, you will be held accountable like an adult—no matter how much you'll play the fool."
Given the severity with which Russia and its President Vladimir Putin infamously deal with its enemies and detractors, Elon Musk's quip about dying mysteriously makes a lot more sense—and so does Maye Musk's lack of amusement about it.
For his part, Elon did what he could to keep the atmosphere light, following up with his mom with yet another joke.
Haha, @ElonMusk got in trouble with his mom on Mother's Day. \n\n#Relatable https://twitter.com/mayemusk/status/1523478931587837954\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/PquueBCR1p
— Bruno \ud83c\udf1f \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 (@Bruno \ud83c\udf1f \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2)
This is exactly like the time I tweeted about my blood pressure numbers and my mom was not happy about it and told me to contact a doctor rather than tweet about it #HappyMothersDayhttps://twitter.com/mayemusk/status/1523478931587837954\u00a0\u2026