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Elon Musk's praise of Taylor Swift becoming Time's "Person of the Year" may not be genuine

Taylor Swift made headlines throughout 2023, even more than Elon Musk

By Web Desk
December 07, 2023
Taylor Swift (right) during Eras Tour. Elon Musk gestures during a gathering. — AFP/File
Taylor Swift (right) during Eras Tour. Elon Musk gestures during a gathering. — AFP/File

Taylor Swift was chosen TIME's Person of the Year, and Elon Musk congratulated her, however, his sarcastic tweet did not go over well with some being doubtful about his appreciation.

Elon Musk was educated on Twitter after responding to a post by Taylor Swift. In a series of tweets on Thursday, the billionaire congratulated Taylor on X (formerly Twitter). 

He was responding to the singer's tweet announcing her selection as TIME's Person of the Year. "Congrats," Elon responded on Twitter. He added in another tweet, "Some risk of popularity decline after this award. I speak from experience lol."

Twitter users quickly responded in droves to Elon Musk's comments. One of them wrote, "Well Taylor didn't earn her money off the backs of mine workers but hey..." "Well, Taylor doesn't ruin everything she touches, so." commented another. "He could've just said congratulations and moved on," said a third. However, no one sought his counsel or opinion." "Taylor has been dealing with fame before Elon became famous," someone else said. So that suggestion is unnecessary."

A tweet also read, "Elon Musk try not to make everything about himself challenge." One also said, "Elon will always be Elon. That last tweet was so unnecessary." A person also wrote, "Uh Elon was TIME's Person of the Year?" Elon Musk, who is the founder and CEO space exploration company SpaceX, was TIME's Person of the Year for 2021.

In her original tweet, alongside her recent TIME magazine cover, Taylor had said on Wednesday, "@samlansky has such a wondrous way with words, and I’ve loved reading his pieces for over a decade. If you’ve ever been around him, you know he’s just the best type of person: Curious. Interested. Hilarious. Intriguing and intrigued."

Taylor added, "I have trust issues, when it comes to interviews but I couldn’t be happier that I did this one with him. I was blown away to see quotes from people I adore and admire like Stevie Nicks, Greta Gerwig, Shonda Rhimes, Phoebe Bridgers, Natalie Maines, Kenny Chesney, and Lucian Grainge. I was so happy he spoke to fans Madison and McCall who were so eloquent, loyal, and kind. I’m really reflecting on this year, and all the years that led up to it. Can’t say thank you enough times."

Earlier, Elon Musk supporters slammed Taylor Swift's Person of the Year award, with some tweeting that she had done nothing but "date a famous player" in 2023. 

Taylor Swift made headlines throughout 2023, whether it was for her Eras Tour, which broke ticket sales records and boosted the economies of the cities she visited, or for her personal life, in which she has been dating American football player Travis Kelce, and the two frequently make news for their relationship.