Elon Musk amidst his ongoing feud with Jeff Bezos about Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings series. On Monday, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO 51 took to Twitter to show their annoyance with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power that began streaming on Thursday.
Musk tweeted in his second post, ‘Almost every male character so far is a coward, a jerk or both. Only Galadriel is brave, smart, and nice. Several people on social media criticized his tweets, including author Neil Gaiman, whose book series The Sandman is now a hit on Netflix.
The author dismissed Musk’s opinion by tweeting, ‘Elon Musk does not come to me for advice, how to fail to buy Twitter, and I don’t go to him for film, TV or literature criticism. Another social media post of Musk pointed to negative reactions to the series’ diverse casting called racism.
The social media users wrote, ‘I usually try to give people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to reacting to art, but if you don’t like #TheRingsOfPower because it’s too work, racism and sexism are the only plausible explanations. On Tuesday, Musk tweeted in response to the message, ‘Those who claim any criticism of Rings of Power means your racist are outing themselves as closest racists.’
On the first day of release, the Series premiered to astronomical ratings with 25 million viewers. According to CNBC, it was a record for Amazon Prime video. ‘Go middle-earth’ Bezos did not publically respond to Musk, wrote on Twitter. Musk and Bezos, the two billionaires, engaged in a space race with their companies and have an unfriendly back-and-forth discourse.
Last year, Bezos Blue Origin filed a lawsuit after NASA awarded SpaceX a multibillion-dollar lunar lander to send humans back to the moon. Blue Origin has sent a 50-page complaint to the Government Accountability Office to accuse NASA of moving the goalposts for the companies competing for a $2.89 billion lunar lander contract to transport astronauts to the moon by early 2024 that went to SpaceX.
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In 2019, Musk called Bezos, a copycat after Bezos launched a network of satellites shortly after Musk himself debuted prototypes later dubbed Starlink. Earlier that year, Musk edged Bezos to become the world’s richest person.