Elon Musk’s tears have put a smile on the faces of many of his critics on Friday.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO “choked up” several times in a new interview with the New York Times on Thursday night, while detailing what has been an “excruciating” year, in his words. The stress of meeting Tesla production goals, sleeping at the office on countless nights, dealing with investors betting against the electric car company, and nearly missing his brother’s wedding has made it the “most difficult and painful year” of Musk’s career.
“There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days — days when I didn’t go outside,” Musk told the Times. “This has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. And seeing friends.”
The misery of one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent executives has become a laughing matter for many on Twitter. A few users mocked Musk over his complaint that he had to spend his 47th birthday working a full 24-hours at Tesla’s offices.
“Elon Musk crying about having to work on his birthday is today’s highlight,” one user shared.
Elon Musk crying about having to work on his birthday is today’s highlight pic.twitter.com/jFH1dJxjjg
— James Kelleher (@etienneshrdlu) August 17, 2018
BuzzFeed News tech reporter Katie Notopoulos thought it was hilarious, too. “‘I’m sorry but there’s something deeply funny about a 47 year old crying over not having a birthday party,” tweeted Notopoulos.
— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) August 17, 2018
Same goes for The Forward editor Batya Ungar-Sargon.
— Did you… read the article? (@bungarsargon) August 17, 2018
And podcaster Brendan F. Newnam.
I haven’t checked twitter in weeks. Everyone is making fun of @elonmusk for crying about “nearly missing” his brother’s wedding, right? I’ll take my answer off the air.
— Brendan F. Newnam (@BFNewnam) August 17, 2018
Others found it funny for a myriad of reasons, including Musk’s “toxic masculinity.”
I’m allowed to laugh at Elon Musk crying because toxic masculinity doesn’t count when you’re making fun of a robot https://t.co/gUa56bTYy6
— Todd Bonzalez (@cvinopal1014) August 17, 2018
Elon Musk went from Tony Stark to a man crying about spending his birthday at work. How the mighty have fallen https://t.co/7l6YDapgSj
— ProductLand (@productland) August 17, 2018
Elon Musk seriously cried over short-sellers in that NYT article.. Author is on CNBC right now.. You have got to be kidding me!! What a BETA DORK!! lol $TSLA Billionaire crying over things not going his way. I literally can't stop laughing about this! lol
— roberto pedone (@zerosum24) August 17, 2018
On top of the jokes on Twitter, Tesla’s rough week since Musk hinted the company would go private continued on Friday, with the company’s stock dropping 8 percent to $308 per share.