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Elon Musk has apologised for calling Thai rescue diver a 'pedo' (but says he started it)

This is all just so great, isn't it?

Elon Musk has apologised for calling Thai rescue diver a 'pedo' (but says he started it)
18 July 2018

Elon Musk is great. His heart is most likely in the right place, but he’s got so much money and is surrounded by so many yes men that it’s fully gone to his head and now he reckons he can just call anyone a ‘pedo’ and it’s fine because he’s a billionaire.

Like when the other day, when he called Vernon Unsworth, one of the British divers who helped save the Thai kids from the cave (who called Musk’s mini-sub a PR stunt), a ‘pedo’:

Related: “I’m a qualified cave diver – here’s why the Thai rescue was so terrifying”

“Sorry pedo guy” - one of the greatest insults ever uttered.

“Why can’t I have a refund on these jeans? There’s a rip in them!”

“Sorry pedo guy, you don’t have a receipt.”

“Really enjoyed last night, would love to go for another drink if you’re up for it?”

“Sorry pedo guy, I just wasn’t feeling it romantically.”

“Oh my God! You ran over my cat in your car! You bastard!”

“I feel absolutely terrible, I didn’t mean to! This will stay with me for the rest of my life! I hope you can forgive me. I’m so, so, so, so sorry pedo guy.”

Anyway, Musk has rightly realised that he probably shouldn’t have said this to the very brave man that helped save 12 actual lives, so has apologised. On Twitter, where all the best apologies are given:

Unsworth told Reuters that he’s aware of the apology but refused to comment about his plans to consider legal action (the main reason Musk said sowwy, probably).

Either way, we know who won the war of words - Unsworth’s tame “He can stick his submarine where it hurts” just didn’t cut it when it comes to truly devastating childish playground insults. Musk went for the jugular, and it banged. Like, it banged right up into his own face and caused a massive, probably million pound problem for him, but it cannot be denied that it banged all the same.

(Image: Getty)