May 21, 2022

"In my 30 year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican, suddenly there is…"

Said Elon Musk, quoted in "Elon Musk calls claims of sexual misconduct ‘politically motivated’" (WaPo).

Musk commented at length on Twitter... writing that “those wild accusations are utterly untrue” and issuing “a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ — describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened.”  

“Moreover,” he added, “the ‘friend’ in question who gave the interview to [Insider], is a far left activist/actress in LA with a major political axe to grind.” 

“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens — this is their standard (despicable) playbook — but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech,” Musk tweeted. 

He ended the thread: “Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect.”

The top-rated comment over there is: "Musk is starting to sound an awful lot like Trump." And, yes, he is: He's a master of the tweet. But don't worry. He can't run for President. We are securely safe from the foreign-born man following the Trump path to power. And Musk himself is safe from that temptation (and from our suspicion). That door is closed.

Of course, if the allegations are true, that's very bad. But what I'd like to know is how many men are inhibited from coming out as conservative — or just anti-Democrat — because they know there are or could be allegations like this held in reserve. How much control is achieved by this method of only going after political enemies? We can't get all the allegations out, because some men are protected, protected by their own political pretense.

By the way, do you think there's anything odd about Elon Musk's genitalia, or is this a rhetorical trick to make us think he has a means of refuting his accuser? Remember when Michael Jackson was subjected to a bodily search to see if his accuser had accurately described his penis?

59 comments:

Quaestor said...

Althouse writes, "Remember when Michael Jackson was subjected to a bodily search to see if his accuser had accurately described his penis?"

Dammit. I drank a hell of a lot of absinthe trying to forget...

Jersey Fled said...

Punch back twice as hard

David Begley said...

A young woman claimed that the former Omaha police chief used to drive her over to Iowa motels for afternoon sex. She was convicted of perjury when she couldn’t accurately describe his body. He had a serious gunshot wound on his arm or leg.

heyboom said...

You're overanalyzing this whole thing. Occams Razor applies here. And I would be very surprised if his challenge is accepted by his accuser.

traditionalguy said...

But wait until a Hawaiian birth certificate is created for Elon. Easiest thing in the world.

Jason said...

MILAN KUNDERA YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!

hombre said...

These women should call the w-a-a-ambulance and stay out of politics. It gets old, particularly if a monetary settlement and a non-disclosure agreement were had. Sexual harassment is not sexual assault.

Oh, and Bill Clinton and his accessory after the fact, Hillary ....

rhhardin said...

Of course, if the allegations are true, that's very bad.

Take the horse, is my advice. Women get their whole capitalization from men liking pussy.

My own virtue is for sale at $250,00 as well.

Joe Smith said...

'But don't worry. He can't run for President.'

Was this aimed at the original commenter from the article? I hope so. Musk would be a great candidate...fully 150IQ points over who we have in the office now.

As for the sudden smears, I've said it again and again. Leftists are nasty. It's all about power. When Rz brind a gun to the fight, Ds bring a hydrogen bomb.

They go scorched-earth in their quest to get and maintain power.

Bob Boyd said...

My dog's tongue was like MJ's junk because he was part Chow.

Does Musk have some Chow in him? The truth is, we just don't know.

Gahrie said...

But what I'd like to know is how many men are inhibited from coming out as conservative — or just anti-Democrat — because they know there are or could be allegations like this held in reserve.

I don't know. Why don't we ask Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh?

... We can't get all the allegations out, because some men are protected, protected by their own political pretense.

Let's compare and contrast how President Clinton and senator Packwood were treated. How about Senators Kennedy and Dodds?

Bob Boyd said...

But what I'd like to know is how many men are inhibited from coming out as conservative — or just anti-Democrat...

Or even expressing an opinion, like Joshua Katz.

Narr said...

"Remember when Michael Jackson . . .?"

No, not really. I have avoided the details until now.

As for Musk, some people hate a winner, and his critics barely rate as ankle-biters.

Yap yap Musk! Yap Trump yap! Yap yap yap!

Leland said...

It's interesting how many women think men are always aggressors while several men can tell stories of fake allegations made against them. That's why we always get media amazement at the gall of someone like Depp to fight back, just like the media was upset Duke Lacrosse fought to defend themselves and then sued to restore their reputation. As for Musk, the first headline I read on this story said something to the effect "SpaceX Flight Attendant accuses Musk". SpaceX doesn't have Flight Attendants and I'm not afflicted with Gell-Mann amnesia. I suspect if they are silly enough to suggest someone is a Flight Attendant, asking them to describe his privates will result in even more incredulous responses.

Owen said...

This sounds like the death rattle of #MeToo. It has been hijacked by political operators and hysterics whose antics not only destroy the target (and the attackers) but destroy the culture in which we were expected to care about the “weaker sex” and its vulnerability to sexual predation.

Michael K said...

Musk, like Trump, is learning that the left will instantly go for the jugular if you sound a bit Republican. Trump was fine until he decided to run for president. Billy Bush may hold the record for hanging on to that pussy tape the longest in US history.

gadfly said...

Buried in the notorious 1998-99 impeachment battle over where Bill Clinton’s-Dick’s-been … somewhere amidst all the personal attacks, news reports, legal maneuvers, denials, he-said-she-saids, and “that depends on what-is-is ”… Paula Jones allowed that she could ID … the Prez’s “member.”

Yessir, according to Paula, Bubba is a member alright . . . of the bent carrot club otherwise known as "Peyronie's disease."

Peyronie's disease is a connective tissue disorder of the penis characterized by the triad of bent erections, pain in the penis with erections, and palpable penile plaque - um, scar tissue that has been deposited on the outer covering of the erectile bodies.

Lem said...

Boy In Space - Dance Alone

Skeptical Voter said...

Odd things about genitalia? I seem to remember that Billy Jeff Clinton claimed that his "Johnson" was bent. Of course Billy Jeff was "bent" in many ways.

But Elon Musk is finding out that there is no shortage of Christine Blasey Fords in the country--each with a remarkable "memory" and a story to tell. You'll find them when you turn Republican.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Musk doesn't sound like Trump.

Musk sounds like he is smart enough to understand the corruption on team D that flushes from Clinton, Biden, Pelosi, FBI/CIA power/Money whore elite.

Original Mike said...

Why is it that it's only the left/democrats who play this despicable tactic?

William said...

Clarence Thomas rented some XXX videos and may (or may not) have flirted aggressively at the office. That inspired enormous amounts of outrage among feminists. What it didn't inspire was the metoo movement..... The people who were outraged by Clarence Thomas went on to work with Harvey Weinstein and give Roman Polanski a standing ovation. Right from the beginning the metoo movement was corrupt and hypocritical.....I'm sure that Elon Musk, like most of us, has had his share of libidinal urges and, also like most of us, he would not like to have how he acted out those urges reported on the front page of the NY Times. But that's what will happen. Every bad moment in his life will be documented, and the reporter will win a Pulitzer for uncovering high school fart jokes.....It's wearisome and wrong. We learn every bad thing there is to know about Derek Chauvin and George Zimmerman, but God forbid that anyone should dishonor the sacred memory of George Floyd and Trayvon Martin by reporting on their past misdeeds.

Temujin said...

I'll simply say this: Shorty's Bar and Grill, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

For those of you who know the old joke.

Anyway- all women are to be believed, unless they are attacking a Democrat who could win an election. This is a known known. All Republicans are not to be believed- woman or man, black or white. This is also a known known. Working within that framework, I cannot worry about this claim on Musk. I agree with him. He's a MegaWorld level celebrity. If this was real, it would have come out against him previously. We all have things that can be dug up against us. Something. An utterance or a date that went better for one than for the other. And there are more crazy and vengeful people out there than there are rapists. It's not even close.

I like to see him fighting back- hard. If it turns out she's got a claim, so be it. If it turns out she's another politically movitvated hack, she should see the worst of times. This crap has to stop.

Shoeless Joe said...

Dems will keep going by the playbook so long as they think it will work. It is a biblical certainty that the Democrat Machine has already put the word out that they're looking for a woman or women to accuse Ron DeSantis of some kind of sexual impropriety. Whoever steps up will be considered a hero for the rest of their lives, and enough money will be funneled their way to make it more than worth their trouble. The attack is probably being coordinated with either the Washington Post and/or NY Times, plus at least one of the major broadcast news networks. My guess is Dems will choose an Hispanic woman as the supposed victim in an attempt to damage the GOP's outreach to those voters.

It will be Kavanaugh times ten.

Milo Minderbinder said...

I’d almost been able to forget that societal highlight, thank you.

mikee said...

Michael Jackson? I recall when the President of the United States was known for having an identifiable penis, because he kept pulling it out in front of women he wanted to abuse. Why use Jackson when you have a Clinton available as an example?

Tim said...

Here is a rule for you, one we can all appreciate. Let's use the standard statute of limitations, I bet Bill could support this one. If it happened more than 7 years ago, and was never reported as a crime (and I don't care what lies you tell your girlfriends when you have been drinking), then keep it to yourself forever. If there are no other witnesses, and no physical evidence, then keep it to yourself forever. Otherwise I am going to assume you are lying. Period dot. It has happened too many times, and it is time for it to stop.

Saint Croix said...

I'm assuming he's innocent.

Michael K said...

I'll simply say this: Shorty's Bar and Grill, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The short version is "Eat at Joes." The long version is "Eat at Josephines cafeteria, Chattanooga Tennessee."

What's emanating from your penumbra said...

In a situation as tame as this, even assuming it's true, there are five buckets of people who are concerned or feign concern:

1. people looking for a cudgel against their political enemies (approx. 54%)

2. women trying to increase their sex's relative power (39%)

3. people aghast for prurient reasons (6%)

4. HR types and lawyers concerned about minimizing liability (1%)

5. the "victim" traumatized by having to view a body part that we are forcing on 3rd graders in public schools, looking for fame or fortune (1)

Beasts of England said...

The only way this bullshit ends is for a few of these claimants to be curb-stomped into insolvency. Did they file a police report? If not, make the process the punishment. Send private investigators after their friends and family. Use every legal means to deliver the utmost pain.

What's emanating from your penumbra said...

"If it turns out she's got a claim, so be it."

It won't. It can't. She settled. Even if every bit of the accusation is true, $250,000 is more than enough to compensate for the peppercorn of harm she experienced. And she agreed.

John henry said...

Didn't the shape of Bill Clinton's penis come up during his kerfuffle?

It was kinky or bent or something iirc.

John LGKTQ Henry

Is the cat on the roof?

John henry said...

Rhhardin,

$250,000 seems a bit high.

Would you sell your honor for $100,000?

John LGKTQ Henry

John henry said...

Believe all women?

John LGKTQ Henry

Kevin said...

Wait a minute.

Did Elon go to Angel Beach High School?

Rabel said...

"Musk is starting to sound an awful lot like Trump."

He sounds like a man falsely accused who counterattacks with a touch of humor.

Those bastards all sound alike.

chickelit said...

The accuser never Heard of what happened to Amber. And if she's a liar, she deserves much worse.

What's emanating from your penumbra said...

"She was convicted of perjury when she couldn’t accurately describe his body. He had a serious gunshot wound on his arm or leg."

You have to shoot yourself in the **** to protect yourself against the vipers.

Lem said...

There might be a good reason why people with f-you money, almost never say f-you.

I'm just saying. JD could very well lose. The OJ jury taught me that.

Leland said...

People might want to consider even the claim of $250,000 settlement is questionable. It is possible the $250,000 was a severance package given to a disgruntled employee that included a NDA about company proprietary information. I don't know if Stormy ever proved hers was legit. Cohen did pay her, but for what, only they know. There were two documents, the one to file with a court had two bogus names showing a settlement. And the second document was the amendment to identify the bogus names. If you read them, you'll find numerous errors from lacking signatures (including the notary's signature and date) to the amendment pointing to the wrong paragraph.

chuck said...

Is the accusation true? I doubt we will ever know. If true, is it bad? No. Is the timing curious? Yes.

Original Mike said...

"It is a biblical certainty that the Democrat Machine has already put the word out that they're looking for a woman or women to accuse Ron DeSantis of some kind of sexual impropriety. Whoever steps up will be considered a hero for the rest of their lives, and enough money will be funneled their way to make it more than worth their trouble."

Yep, you can bank on it.

John henry said...

Of course, if the allegations are true, that's very bad.

Would you be OK if Musk had drugged and forcibly Sodomized a 13 year old girl? Or would that still be "very bad"?

If so, why? You seemed more upset that Roman Polanski was not permitted to enter the us without risk of a few months in jail than you did about the anal rape of a 13 year old.

But that was then, this is now. Perhaps worth agree comes wisdom.

Or perhaps it is because Polanski is an Artist who have us a few movies.

Unlike that nasty old Musk. He's only gven a new payment system, the first ever (somewhat) practical electric car plus infrastructure, usable rocket ships, functional satellite internet and phones, new methods of tunnel boring and flamethrowers.

When set alongside Chinatown, pirates and Tess, what value has Musk brought to the world, really.

Musk is just another striver. Fuck him.

Jupiter said...

"Of course, if the allegations are true, that's very bad."

Well, why, exactly? What he is accused of doing, by someone who does not claim to have been present, is to have implied a desire for sexual activity with a woman. I realize, that doesn't happen very often, we're all so busy with our phones these days, but is it really that awful? Oh, that's right, I remember now. Suggesting sex is OK, indeed it's the only proper course, if the woman wants it. But if she doesn't, or she later decides that she didn't, then it's "very bad".

Joe Smith said...

'I'm just saying. JD could very well lose. The OJ jury taught me that.'

If you thought OJ was going to be convicted you weren't paying attention : )

Mason G said...

"But what I'd like to know is how many men are inhibited from coming out as conservative — or just anti-Democrat — because they know there are or could be allegations like this held in reserve."

You misspelled "made up out of whole cloth".

Just sayin'.

Krumhorn said...

Wow! Another reason to read Althouse. Milan Kundera, Gell-Mann amnesia, and Shorty's Bar in one thread. Add to that Jackson's dark spot on his pecker (that he apparently missed during his whitey conversion) and we have plenty to think about today. It's part of the unbearable lightness of being thing.


- Krumhorn
(my preferred adjectives: brilliant/awesome)

Readering said...

Don't see the political lens myself. Me too comes for everyone in that situation (big settlements with NDAs for sex harrassment claims) in due time.

MikeD said...

I've not followed this fairy tale but, do remember, early on, the accusation was made by a friend of the putative "accuser"? Has the "actual accuser" come forward with receipts? Maybe "she" should hire Ford's legal team, she'll get a great book deal.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

We can't get all the allegations out, because some men are protected, protected by their own political pretense.

And that is why metro is a joke, and Amber heard can't get any sympathy.

The vast majority of the men nailed by metro were Democrats / of the Left (see Hollywood).

For decades, that's been the trade that "feminists" made, most explicitly with President Clinton: You give us abortion on demand, and we give you as many women as you want to screw, use, and abuse.

If you're a man who has no respect for women, and sees them as just a life support system for a pussy, then the Democrat Party and the Left is the place for you.

Heck, you even get to tell them that they're "repressed" or "too bourgeoise" if they won't put out! And be "totally cool" for engaging in this abuse.

So, with Thomas and Kavanaugh we saw clearly fake accusations made against many because he was a Republican, and with Clinton, Weinstein, Epstein, etc. we saw actual crimes hand-waved away before the were supporting the Left.

If you're a douchebag, then you clearly want to be on the left.

If you just don't want to get smeared, you want to be on the Left

Greg The Class Traitor said...

Leland said...
As for Musk, the first headline I read on this story said something to the effect "SpaceX Flight Attendant accuses Musk". SpaceX doesn't have Flight Attendants and I'm not afflicted with Gell-Mann amnesia.

From what I can tell, SpaceX owns some private planes for use by executives on company business, and she was a flight attendant on one of those planes.

I had to dig to find that. Because most reporters really are stupid people and bad writers

Greg The Class Traitor said...

Damn "autocorrect"

Everywhere I have "metro" at 3:24, replace with "MeToo"

Mikey NTH said...

It reminds me of the old story of the politician wanting a rumor to go about that his opponent takes unseemly liberties with pigs. When told no one will believe that his response is "I know,I just want to hear him deny it."

Guimo said...

Winston Churchill would have said, “This is nonsense up with which I will not put.”

John henry said...

The flight attendant was also a trained masseuse who gave Musk full body massages regularly.

Musk was nude, face down, on the bed with a sheet covering him from waist down.

She gave him a massage, asked him to roll over for the front and had an erection. Seems pretty normal so far for a massage. I wonder what man among us, at least in or more youthful days, would not have an erection in this situation?

When he rolled over, somehow he became exposed. The rolling stone story doesn't say how. Nor does it say he pulled the sheet away on purpose.

He, apparently, asked for a happy ending. He offered a pony in exchange because we all know girls love ponies.

She said no, he accepted her answer completed the normal massage and that was the end of it.

Hardly seems reprehensible to me if this is what happened. This is all they have? Pretty weak tea.

If the attendant/masseuse told a girlfriend, would this void the NDA?could Musk sue to get his $250m back?

John LGKTQ Henry

tim in vermont said...

Remember when Joe Biden insisted on swimming nude in front of female secret service agents over their objections? How many men are Democrats for the get out of jail free card?

Freeman Hunt said...

"A woman told us that her friend told her that Elon told the friend that..."

This is not a news story. This is a lead for a possible news story. It's not a story until you talk to the friend or someone produces a recording of the friend telling the tale. And even then, it's not really a story unless there's some kind of corroborating evidence.

Josephbleau said...

The thing I hate most is hypocrisy. Tara Reade was a liar, but this friend of the supposed victim has the true facts. How can people be so stupid to believe this hogwash.