Elon Musk may not be widely associated with Nick Cannon – who is expecting his eighth child this year – but the revelation that the billionaire secretly fathered a set of twins from one of his executives, who were born in November, just before his daughter was born with the Musician Grimes, according to CNN, certainly puts the two men in the same league. This marks 10 children for Musk, nine of whom are still alive; his son Nevada Alexander died of SIDS in 2002.
In response to his twins’ breaking news, Musk tweeted (jokingly?): “I’m doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A declining birthrate is by far the greatest threat facing civilization.” Then, in a follow-up tweet, Musk seemed to indicate that he actually meant business, writing, “Mark my words, they’re unfortunately true.”
If there’s one other thing both Musk and Cannon have in common, it’s their propensity to stir up controversy. While Musk’s secret twins alone brought him a lot of negative attention, Cannon’s comment on the tweet also raised a few eyebrows.
Nick Cannon Tells Elon Musk He’s ‘Right With Him’
Commenting on Elon Musk’s “population” tweet, Nick Cannon – who, according to People, is going to be a father to eight again – tweeted, “Right there with you my brother!” Cannon underscored his support with a fist-up emoji. Now, we’re not scientists or whatever, but it doesn’t seem like two guys getting pregnant either way is a sustainable approach to global population growth, but still. Cannon’s comment did not go down well online.
“End the earth. It’s time,” says a quote tweet. “Men only see their wives as breeding animals, that’s disgusting,” says another. Another person, in capital letters, tweeted, “You both need to be neutered OMG.” However, not all of these interactions were taken seriously. Or at least a lot of people chose to treat the whole interaction as a joke. Cannon’s comment also received its fair share of “LMAOs” and crying emojis. “This might be the funniest thing ever tweeted,” one person wrote in a quote tweet.
Meanwhile, Musk himself continued to “tweet,” they say. He tweeted, “The population of Mars is still zero people,” and then, “I hope you have big families and congratulations to those who already do!” But really, after Cannon weighs in, what else is there accept?