SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk appears to have little use for people who he believes are satisfied with settling for virtuous words and phrases rather than taking any action to help end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Musk, who also founded the space-based internet service Starlink and has provided hundreds of systems to Ukraine’s government and population free of charge, was reacting to a nightclub in Berlin that posted the word “PEACE” in giant letters while the war between Ukraine and Russia rages.
Musk tweeted, “They wrote PEACE on the wall at Berghain! I refused enter.”
“Peace. Peace? I hate the word. Those who do care about peace (myself aspirationally included) don’t need to hear it. And those who don’t care about peace? Well …”
The German news service Deutsche Welle described Berghain as “one of the most famous clubs in the world,” adding:
It is housed in a massive steel and concrete building, surrounded by a large property in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district — a great party location because there are no direct neighbors. Since 2004, party people from all over the world have flocked to what was once an East German heat and power plant. …
People who want to enter the club have to stand in line for hours — with eager clubgoers waiting up to 7 hours on Berghain’s reopening night. They may or may not get in — the bouncers are unpredictable. Berghain is known to have the toughest door policy in Berlin. …
Photos are not allowed. Cellphone cameras are taped off at the door. Anyone caught taking pictures is in trouble and kicked out — because apart from taking pictures, everything is allowed, and people are supposed to feel free and unobserved.
As for Musk, he has been upfront with his feelings about the war, even going so far as to publicly challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to a fight to settle the issue.
On March 14 he tweeted, “I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine.”
He added in Russian: “Do you agree to this fight?”
But Musk has also appealed to the Russian people as well, tweeting in early March: “Hold strong Ukraine,” adding, “And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this.”
And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this
— Elon Musk