Elon Musk is under fire on Twitter after posting a very controversial tweet – what did he mean by “pronouns suck”?

It seems that this is the week for controversial tweets. First it was Kanye West and his viral Twitter rant. Then there was Wiley and his alleged anti-semitism, and now there’s someone else who’s being controversial on Twitter too.

Engineer, businessman and Tesla Founder Elon Musk has received huge backlash on the social media site after tweeting something that many people are regarding as transphobic.

What did he actually say? Here’s the “pronouns suck” tweet explained.

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Elon Musk posted viral Twitter rant

Elon Musk took to Twitter on Friday to post a series of tweets that certainly gained a lot of social media attention.

He started by talking about government money, explaining that he thinks: “Another government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.”

Then, he expanded on the first tweet, saying that he’s “in favour of universal basic income” before outing the way he thinks the government should be run.

He said: “Goal of government should be to maximize the happiness of the people. Giving each person money allows them to decide what meets their needs, rather than the blunt tool of legislation, which creates self-serving special interests.”

But it was his next tweet that really caused a lot of controversy.

Elon Musk tweets “pronouns suck”

Then, the Tesla founder tweeted something that really caused a lot of backlash.

Musk proceeded to change the subject completely from his rant about money and government to an even more controversial topic.

He first Tweeted a red rose, which according to Forbes, is a mocking reference to the symbol used by the Democratic Socialists of America. Then, he tweeted “Twitter sucks”, but it was what came next that really caused a lot of backlash.

Many hours later, Musk tweeted short but loaded statement that said: “Pronouns suck.” But what was he implying?

What does “pronouns suck” mean?

After Elon Musk tweeted the phrase “pronouns suck”, social media users instantly began to give him huge backlash. So what was Musk trying to say?

Well, Forbes say: “Musk’s Tweet appears to be a mocking criticism of gender-neutral personal pronouns, used by many in an effort to be more inclusive of transgender and non-conforming individuals.”

And it seems that many social media users agree, and the tweet instantly gained huge criticism from people on Twitter who claim that he was being hugely transphobic.

Canadian singer Grimes, who is also Musk’s partner even called out her boyfriend, saying: “I love you but please turn off ur phone or give me a dall. I cannot support hate. Please stop this. I know this isn’t your heart.” However, she later deleted the tweet.