Tesla has reportedly laid off leaders within the company’s LGBTQ and diversity programs on Monday just one month after CEO Elon Musk warned about the dangerous effects of the “woke mind virus.”
The electric car company reportedly fired the LGBTQ volunteer president Bobby Berretta-Paris, who had been working at Tesla for five years, sources told news outlet Electrek, which focuses on news regarding electric transportation and sustainable energy. This development follows news of a series of layoffs within Tesla, including a software engineer and four-year veteran involved in the company’s diversity program, who had previously been promoted three times, according to Electrek.
These layoffs come soon after a May 19 tweet from Musk, in which he warned of the destruction caused by the “woke mind virus.”
“Just curious…what is your motivation to become politically active?” social media user the Angry Astronaut asked the Tesla CEO. “Why make yourself a target? You are trying to get mankind to Mars and alert the public to the danger of Al. Why sabotage these worthwhile goals by wading into political controversy? Is it worth it?”
“Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never reached (sic) Mars,” Musk responded.
Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never reached Mars
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2022
The tech billionaire has become increasingly critical of the Democrat Party in recent months, calling out the party for moving far-left and leaving many moderate liberals behind. Most of Musk’s criticism began around the time that he made a $43.4 billion offer to purchase Twitter in April.
In May, he called the Democrats the “party of division [and] hate” and revealed that he had decided that he would be voting Republican for the first time in his life. In the same tweet, Musk noted that because of his decision to vote Republican and call out the Democrats, a “dirty tricks campaign” against him would soon “unfold.”
“In the past, I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party,” he tweeted. “But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold.”
In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party.
But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.
Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold … 🍿
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
The Tesla CEO voted Republican for the first time in a special election in June, casting his ballot for Republican candidate Mayra Flores in Texas’ 34th congressional district, who won the election with 51% of the vote, making her the first Republican to win the district since the 1860s. Musk also tweeted out his support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as a potential candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
Musk also reportedly ordered all Tesla employees to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in the office, telling them that, if they want to work remotely, they should leave the company. The Tesla CEO argued that senior managers being present at the office is essential to the company’s success.