Musk, 49, has gradually become more and more unhinged since the summer of 2018 – what Tesla staffers call ‘the summer of 420’ when he tweeted about taking his company private with no real information about it, smoked a joint on the Joe Rogan podcast and called a British diver who rescued Thai school boys from a cave a ‘pedo’.
His erratic behavior has staff so worried that they wake up in the morning and check his Twitter to see if anything he may have posted overnight can damage his companies, according to one former staffer quoted by Vanity Fair.
‘We all wake up and look at it every day, thinking, Oh, God, now what? You really had no idea what you were going to see,’ the anonymous staffer said.
Elon Musk at the Tesla factory in Berlin on September 3, 2020
While they all hail him as a ‘genius’, his unhinged behavior over the last year has revealed to the public a side of him they claim they always knew about.
‘The thing about Elon is, that right now, everyone else is finally seeing the way he has always been.
‘He’s being the same Elon he has always been in private…he’s just being Elon a lot more publicly,’ a former Tesla employee said.
On the launch days at SpaceX – his rocket company – they say they worry about whether or not a mission is successful because it will impact his mood.
Other sources described his behavior as ‘degenerate’.
One example was that he was angry that a girlfriend had tiny hairs on her face and asked her why as they were leaving a nightclub.
Musk was reportedly angry because the bright lights of the club’s awning made the hair more visible.
When he asked her why she had hairs on her face, she replied: ‘Because I’m a mammal’ which, the source said, enraged him.
‘There is a high level of degenerate behavior with Elon. There’s a paranoia: Are you with me or against me? I genuinely want to leave the room sometimes when he walks in,’ the person said.
Musk appeared on Rogan’s podcast in 2018 and smoked marijuana
That same summer, he tweeted he was taking Tesla private at $420 a share – a reference to marijuana
Musk also tweeted that summer calling a British diver a ‘pedo guy’
He went on to say that Musk was similar to ‘Zuck’ – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – and others.
‘All of these guys, I’ve spent time with them, Musk, Zuck, all of them; they all exhibit tendencies of total and complete pathological sociopathy.
‘They don’t at their core give a flying f**k about you or me as individuals.’
Musk has fired the PR teams he works with and now represents himself in the media.
When contacted by Vanity Fair for their piece, he replied to the journalist: ‘Vanity Fair sucks’ and made sure the quote was attributable to him.
‘Elon is his own communications director now,’ one person said.
Musk turned on the media last November after defending himself at trial against British diver Vernon Unsworth, who he called a ‘pedo’.
The trial revealed the extreme lengths Musk went to to prove his claims after tweeting it without evidence.
He hired a private investigator to dig up dirt on Unsworth and sought to find some proof that he was an unsavory character.
He also tried to tell journalists about Unsworth but in an off-the-record capacity. When a BuzzFeed journalist published his comments, he was furious.
After the trial, he started blocking journalists on Twitter. A judge sided with Musk.