Musk and the NASA astronaut speak out against the misuse of gender pronouns


  • Elon Musk and former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly have argued over the use of gender pronouns.
  • Kelly told Musk not to “promote hatred” toward the LGBTQ community by making fun of gender pronouns.
  • Musk said “forcing” gender pronouns on others was “neither good nor kind to anyone”.

Elon Musk engaged on Twitter with a former NASA astronaut on Sunday after the billionaire appeared to mock the use of gender pronouns.

“My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” Musk tweetedapparently referring to the White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Scott Kelly, a former NASA astronaut, responded to the tweet, saying, “Elon, please don’t mock or promote hatred towards already marginalized and violence-prone members of the community # They are real people with real feelings, and Dr. Fauci is a dedicated public servant whose only motivation was to save lives.

In a response to Kelly, Musk said, “I strongly disagree. Forcing your pronouns on others when they haven’t asked for it, and implicitly ostracizing those who don’t, is neither good nor kind to anyone.”

This isn’t the first time Musk has taken aim at gender pronouns. In 2020, her ex-partner Grimes said “stop it” after Musk tweeted that “pronouns suck.”

Six months later, Musk share a meme that made fun of gender pronouns used in social media biographies. In response, LGBTQ advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign urged him to apologize for his “insensitive” comments.

A few days later, Musk tweeted: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare.”

Recently, Musk’s transgender daughter filed for a legal change to her last name, saying she no longer wanted to be identified with her biological father.

In his response to Kelly on Sunday, Musk also made a series of allegations against Fauci without providing additional information or evidence.

Some Republicans have said they want to investigate the infectious disease expert over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent tweets, Musk endorsed the GOP and shared anti-Democratic conspiracy theories.

Representatives for Kelly did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, made outside of U.S. business hours.



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