Why Do People Hate Elon Musk?

Why do people hate elon musk

You should be living under a rock if you do not know who Elon Musk is. Not only is he the boss of Tesla, The Boring Company, and SpaceX, but he is also one of the most social-media active, influential business persons out there.

He is active on Twitter and more often, posts about trending issues and controversies across the world.

While he does have huge support, there’s another section of people who simply dislike him. But have you wondered what the haters have got to say about him? Let’s explore the reasons:

Reason #1: Elon Musk is Straightforward (and controversial)

Elon Musk is highly opinionated and he shares them as straightforwardly as possible on his Twitter account.

For instance, when the COVID-19 wave surged for the first time in the public, he did not talk about it initially and in fact pushed the authorities publicly to open the Fremont Plant.

Another of his controversial treat was for Bernie Sanders, the face of KFC when Elon tweeted back saying ‘I keep forgetting that you’re alive.

There was also a brief controversy and in fact a lawsuit filed against him for calling Vernon Unsworth, ‘a Pedo Guy’. 

Reason #2: Questions over Company Culture

Although many think Tesla could be the most exciting company in the world to work with, there is no employee union established yet.

There have been reports of racial discrimination, sexual harassment at the company, and the majority of them have been brushed under the carpet.

There were further reports that he made his workers work when COVID-19 started at his factory in California. 

Reason #3: Crypto Manipulation 

Cryptocurrency is extremely volatile to market trends, news, etc. Elon Musk, due to his huge following can turn the markets upside down with just one tweet.

And that is what happened! He once propagated Dogecoin in his tweet and the price of the coin skyrocketed!

While it may sound exciting for some, purists have accused him of misusing his follower count to manipulate the market recklessly. 

Reason #4: Ironic Belief with Conventional Education 

Elon Musk says college education is a waste of time. He has gone on to say that college is just for fun and there is no serious learning that happens there.

While it is indeed necessary to learn outside the class and through practical experiences, not everyone can achieve the skills and knowledge without routine learning.

Also, not attending college does not give any certificate or proof that you have actually learned something. This triggered a lot of emotions among people.

But the anger came from the fact that his own company SpaceX asks for Master’s degrees at the time of recruitment. And the majority of Tesla’s hiring happens from universities too at the time of graduation. 

Reason #5: Colonisation of Outer Space 

Elon Musk wants to build a community in outer space. Many space enthusiasts and persists believe that’s not a good move for two reasons, one, with the glaring issues on Earth they believe he would be better off solving issues here.

Two, Colonising other plants would mean a chance to spoil other lands as well. Although colonization is an extremely far-fetched possibility, environmentalists dislike Elon for this very reason. 

Also Read: Why Is Tesla Stock So Expensive?


Based on reports, these are the top 5 reasons why people hate Elon Musk. Of course, the umbrella reason for everyone could be just plain jealousy of his smart wit and work that is earning him millions of dollars by the day.

Whether or not Elon Musk’s personality goes against your value system, it is up to you to decide. But it is indeed fun and exciting to see him come up with exciting projects!