Posted on April 22, 2022

Why Elon Musk Believes ‘Woke Mind Virus’ and ‘Wokeness’ Are Threats to Modern Civilization

Jessica Guynn, USA Today, April 21, 2022

Elon Musk blamed a surprise drop in Netflix subscribers on the streaming service’s “wokeness.” 

“The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable,” the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted in response to an article on plunging Netflix shares.

Netflix shares plunged to their lowest level in years Wednesday on the net loss of 200,000 subscribers.

This was not the first time Musk has railed against left-wing politics as either “wokeness” or “woke mind virus.”


In an interview in December with satirical conservative outlet The Babylon Bee, Musk said “woke mind virus” is “a world without humor” and “arguably one of the greatest threats to modern civilization.” 


“Generally, I think we should be aiming for a positive society and it should be OK to be humorous. Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal, which is not cool,” Musk said. “At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be cruel, armored in false virtue.”

Musk, who also had tweeted about “woke mind virus” in December, has increased his following on the political right since making an unsolicited bid for Twitter and pledging to restore “free speech” on the platform.