James O'Brien reacts to Elon Musk challenging Vladimir Putin
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Over the last few weeks, the world has looked on horrified as Russian troops have waged a bloody war on Ukraine and its civilians.

Public figures around the world have condemned the violence and shown their support for the Ukrainian people, but billionaire Elon Musk has struck an odd tone by sharing memes about the war just ten days after showing support.

While the billionaire has offered tangible support for Ukraine by providing the country with satellite internet through SpaceX’s Starlink satellite system, and tweeting on 4 March, writing: “Hold Strong Ukraine", he has also been ridiculed for challenging Putin to physical combat and criticised for the memes.

One meme read, “I support the current thing” with a Ukrainian flag edited onto it.

Washington Post journalist David Weigel posted the side by side of two of Musk’s differing tweets and questioned: “What happened in 10 days?”

In another tweet, Weigel wrote: “I guess the sincere Ukraine position got scanned as cringe so Musk had to reverse-virtue-signal with the NPC meme to recover his based cred.”

Others were also deeply offended by Musk’s distasteful posts. Another meme read: “Netflix waiting for the war to end to make a movie about a black ukraine guy falls in love with a transgender russian soldier.”

Someone took a screengrab of Musk’s tweet, and wrote: “please log tf off forever.”

Commenting on the pivot, one person wrote: “Ukraine went from a foreign policy problem to the culture war issue of the hour, and a lot of people lost their everliving minds.”

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Someone else simply said: “he’s such a loser like how are u a billionaire but still trying to impress losers on twitter.”

Another wrote: “When you’re such an edgelord that you end up trolling yourself. @elonmusk is a clown.”

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