Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is 2021’s Time Person of the Year.
“Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too,” wrote TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal.
But once people on Twitter got the news, they didn’t hesitate to make jokes about it.
Here at Indy100, we rounded up 14 of the funniest tweets about Musk receiving the distinction.
Check them out below.
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Congratulations @elonmusk for becoming Time Magazine’s person of the year!!! #TIMEPOY https://t.co/UwwEGSXpXe— The Under Doge (@The Under Doge) 1639410006
Time magazine has named Elon Musk aka The Doge Father the person of the year. Congrats Elon 🎉 https://t.co/c5JMgYXu1e— Dogecoin🥇 (@Dogecoin🥇) 1639414586
Best spoof of the Elon Musk Time magazine cover this morning. via @BloodwingBD https://t.co/H8ji9uJ068— Lora Kolodny (@Lora Kolodny) 1639414055
BREAKING NEWS : Elon Musk invents time machine to buy TIME Magazine, get better haircut. https://t.co/QZEIzjYprV— Liam Nissan™ (@Liam Nissan™) 1639416309
Future Folks: “Hey, what was 2021 like?” Me: “Well, let me put it like this, TIME Magazine picked ‘Elon Musk’ as P… https://t.co/ZCAHWUerpz— NoelCaslerComedy (@NoelCaslerComedy) 1639409512
Started /// going Time’s person of the year via @4TaxFairness https://t.co/elx4B37P1z— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1639409600
@TIME @elonmusk https://t.co/GzB2vWgPYo— Nathan Downs (@Nathan Downs) 1639399588
Hey @TIME, we fixed it for you. https://t.co/qeWoNUHua2 https://t.co/IdGaoNPj7D— Duolingo (@Duolingo) 1639414997
Elon says: "Our intent with Tesla was always that we would serve as an example to the car industry...” Mission acc… https://t.co/aSejgNnXkk— Jim Farley (@Jim Farley) 1639407455
I was unaware that Elon Musk had bought Time Magazine https://t.co/9gPMz0or4Q— Evil MoPac (@Evil MoPac) 1639412595
*ELON MUSK NAMED @TIME MAGAZINE'S 2021 PERSON OF THE YEAR $TSLA https://t.co/4agoo17BwW— Investing.com (@Investing.com) 1639402200
Good to see TIME recognize a person, unlike Tesla's Autopilot cameras https://t.co/9QRyh1xoA0— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1639406749
Literally almost anyone else would have made a better Person of the Year for TIME magazine than Elon Musk, but imma… https://t.co/0ExQTP2wgf— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1639408690
It has been quite the year for Musk, who became the richest person in the world, partly due to Tesla’s (TSLA) rise in stock price.
And with his space venture SpaceX, he launched the first-ever mission to Earth’s orbit with tourists and no professional astronauts.
He also inked a deal with NASA to land the first humans on the moon in nearly 50 years.
This Time tradition began with the “Man of the Year” in 1927. It has since changed to not only recognise an individual but also a means to consider a group, movement, or idea’s impact that was influential in the past year,
Last year, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were picked together as Person of the Year.
Musk’s online behavior has got him into trouble and distracted many from his achievements.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission charged the billionaire with fraud after tweeting that he had thoughts about taking Tesla private in 2018.
He then agreed to have Tesla lawyers approve tweets before he posts that would affect shareholders.
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