I have a lot of rules I live my life by: don’t lend money you can’t afford to lose. Don’t eat grocery store sushi. And most of all, don’t learn about celebrities you like: don’t look up their Wikipedia page, don’t follow the news about them, and definitely don’t ever meet them. Because there is an alarmingly high chance that you will find out something about them that disappoints you and shatters your image of them. I’m not the only one who’s learned this lesson the hard way. We’ve gathered posts of online of people talking about celebrities they used to admire and the things that made them change their minds. So if you’re ready for the possibility of being disappointed by someone you used to admire, read on!
Elon Musk – Part 1
Here’s a polarizing figure to start out with. There is a segment of the population in whom Elon Musk inspires breathless awe and admiration. If anyone dares criticize him online, these people flock to his defense, citing all of the technological advances they consider him responsible for and for how rich (true) and brilliant (debatable) he is.
For a lot of the rest of us, it’s hard to understand the appeal. That he’s rich cannot be denied, but he’s not the one actually developing all of the technologies that he often gets credited with; he just signs the paychecks of the actual brilliant people. He also has a lot of questionable business practices and questionable tweeting habits, and an inability to tolerate anyone criticizing him. Maybe that’s where his fans learned that behavior.