Kudos to Elon Musk for finally saying ‘no’ to whiny, millennial-titled babies

A few days ago, employees of spaceflight company Space X published an open letter criticizing their CEO Elon Musk. Less than 48 hours later, at least five employees who orchestrated the letter have been fired.


The dam breaks. The “listen to meeeeee” millennials, who have had an over-the-top influence on business and our culture, are finally being told to sit down and shut up. He is very late.

But isn’t Elon Musk supposed to be a “free speech absolutist?” yells his detractors. As I explain to my grandkids, freedom of speech under the First Amendment means the government can’t arrest you for calling the president a doofus.

This doesn’t means you can do the same to your boss and expect to stay employed. (Similarly, you can’t tell your wife she’s ugly and then plead “free speech!” when she gets mad and leaves you for the pool boy.)

Freedom of speech in America means you can go out in public and say what you want, knowing you won’t end up in jail. Twitter should be included in this, which is why Musk is so keen on allowing open conversation on the app. Like Musk tweeted: “Given that Twitter serves as the city’s de facto public square, failure to uphold the principles of free speech fundamentally undermines democracy.”

Several SpaceX employees have been fired after writing a letter calling out CEO Elon Musk.
Several SpaceX employees have been fired after writing a letter calling out CEO Elon Musk.
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The letters from his SpaceX employees sought to get Musk to stop talking about certain topics: “Elon’s behavior in the public sphere has been a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks. “

Still, there’s a difference between tweeting about a variety of topics and slandering your employer. If your boss embarrasses you, find a new one. Your office is not the public square.

Nor can you tweet about how bad your workplace is and expect your bosses to just take it, as the Washington Post’s Felicia Somnez recently discovered. Somnez was finally fired after a full week of nonstop tweeting about the horrible place the Washington Post has to work.

The WaPo reporter first called out her supposed “friend” and colleague Dave Weigel for retweeting what she considered an offensive joke about women. But then she didn’t stop. She accused the company of having “systemic problems”, mocked other employees who defended the paper, attacked its bosses and generally behaved like an unsuccessful child.

Or like a millennial used to being able to run her bosses on her whim.

For quite some time, companies have been pandering to the likes of Somnez and angry SpaceX employees. But over the past few months, it seems Americans are finally getting tired of these licensed babies.

The Washington Post has fired journalist Felicia Somnez after repeatedly criticizing the newspaper on Twitter.
The Washington Post has fired journalist Felicia Somnez after repeatedly criticizing the newspaper on Twitter.
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These people fattened our talk, claimed the words were synonymous with violence, and created an international incident because of retweeted jokes, until everyone was afraid to speak up. They got people fired from their jobs for bad thinking. They are the ultimate crybulia, ensuring no one speaks but them. That someone finally closes them is their just merit.

With luck, this moment will bring back the dividing line between work and life. You shouldn’t be fired for what you tweet if it doesn’t affect your employer. But if so, you tweet at your own risk. We must once again make work a separate thing from the rest of our lives.

The top brass in your company are not your family; your workplace is not your home. We need a clearer division between professional life and family life. Your family members may love you unconditionally and forgive you for your Thanksgiving drunken outburst when you yelled that you hated everyone and wished you had never been born, but your boss won’t and shouldn’t. do it.

That’s not a bad thing. Learning how to behave in public is something millennials should have mastered in kindergarten. That they have not been a permanent problem for our society. Hopefully they find out now.

Twitter: @karol

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