Billionaire businessman Elon Musk has dominated the headlines in recent months for his proposed $44 billion buyout of Twitter. However, things fell apart for the aspiring social media magnate when he decided to end the proposed acquisition on July 8.
Although Musk claims he pulled out of the deal because Twitter didn’t disclose the number of bots that make up his platform, many suspect it’s just an excuse to save face, with the real reason that Musk couldn’t afford – or didn’t want to pay – the high price of a company whose value is declining. Additionally, shares of Tesla, another Musk company, fell after Business Today announced Musk’s acquisition (lack of acquisition). In fact, NBC News reported that Musk indicated he regretted the deal for months before announcing his withdrawal.
In light of Musk’s decision, Twitter said it would take legal action against him for violating his end of the deal. And for anyone who follows Musk on social media, his reaction to these legal threats from the Twitter executive is very predictable.
Elon Musk responds to threats of legal action with meme posts
In response to Twitter’s threats of legal action against him, Elon Musk predictably responded by posting memes on his own Twitter account, which has become one of the most popular in the world, according to Brandwatch.
On the morning of July 11, Musk tweeted a meme that included four shots of himself laughing, with the caption: “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter / Then they wouldn’t give out bot info / Now they want me force Twitter to buy in court / Now they must disclose bot info in court.” Musk’s tweet has reached more than 700,000 at the time of this writing. He then posted a picture of the legendary Chuck Norris, confidently seated at a chessboard and looking at the camera followed by a tweet that read simply “Chuckmate.” His tweet was believed to be related to the upcoming lawsuit, although it is not known what specific action or statement he was referring to.
“We are committed to completing the transaction at the price and terms agreed with Mr. Musk and plan to take legal action to enforce the merger agreement,” Twitter’s board of directors said in a statement to People. “We are confident that we will prevail.” Surely there will be more memes – if not statements – from Musk as the litigation heats up. As his many supporters know, Musk is far from unafraid to speak his mind, especially on matters affecting him.