Bill Gates is a true master of the diplomatic putdown.
For example, when Donald Trump asked Gates, twice, if there were a different between HIV and HPV, Gates neatly skewered the POTUS by responding that “those are rarely confused with each other.” Translated into everyday language, that would be “[forehead slap].”
Earlier today, Gates similarly gob-slapped Elon Musk. While Musk, in contrast to Trump, has actually accomplished something in the business world other than branding and bankruptcy, he’s nevertheless developed a Trumpian habit of shooting his mouth off about Covid-19, a subject about which he clearly knows nothing.
Like many successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneurs, Musk has the habit of assuming that because he has expertise on several subjects, he’s an expert on anything and everything else. A perfect example of this was Musk’s weird insistence that he could quickly build a submarine to save some trapped spelunkers in Thailand.
Even areas adjacent to his businesses, Musk strays into the nonsensical. For example, Musk keeps predicting that driverless cars are just around the corner even though that technology would require the so-called “singularity”, the chimerical breakthrough that even AI faith-based true-believers have concluded is decades away.
Similarly, Musk has been bloviating big time about the coronavirus and Covid-19. In March, well after it was clear we had a major pandemic on our hands, Musk tweeted that “the coronavirus panic is dumb.” Musk also incorrectly blamed false testing positives for the rise of Covid cases and spread the dangerous myth that children were immune to the disease.
Gates (who, unlike Musk, has been using his money and influence to actually help solve the problem) finally had his fill of his Musk’s puerile logorrhea. Thus, on a CNN interview, rather than addressing Musk’s individuals rants, simply filleted him like a fresh codfish:
“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments. He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”