The first trailer for the long-awaited and latest installment in the uber-popular video game franchise Grand Theft Auto just dropped — and the internet is losing its collective mind.
But if there's one person who's not excited about the game — which fans will have to wait at least until 2025 to play — it's Tesla CEO and X owner Elon Musk.
"Tried, but didn't like doing crime," Musk tweeted. "GTA5 required shooting police officers in the opening scene. Just couldn't do it."
His comments — a massive double standard considering the mercurial CEO's obsession with violent video games like Quake — led to users mercilessly mocking him on his social media platform.
"Did you follow the traffic laws and stop at all the red lights," one user replied with a laughing emoji.
"Bwhahahahaa bro has maxed out on virtue signaling lol," another added.
"Elon Musk is 52 years old unironically claiming he can’t play video games where you kill police officers like it’s some sort of cardinal sin," one user wrote. "Please explain how these guys are 'better than the triggered snowflakes' again?"
Virtue to Tango
Musk's love for video games goes back decades. When he was just 13, he created a simple video game called Blastar and sold it to a magazine for $500.
Ever since then, he's been known to play plenty of violent games. Most recently, Musk has repeatedly confessed his love for Elden Ring, a brutal third-person roleplaying game with body horror elements.
But for some inexplicable reason, shooting cops in Grand Theft Auto: V is where Musk draws the line.
He's no stranger to violent rhetoric himself. In 2020, he threatened to "coup whoever we want" to obtain lithium for Tesla. Just last month, he was seething about a "large graveyard filled with my enemies."
"Those who pick fights with me do so at their own peril, but maybe this is their lucky day…" he added ominously.
All in a way of saying, the man seems utterly full of it, which tons of people were calling him out for.
"Going to be thinking about Elon Musk saying 'tried, but didn’t like doing crime (in a video game)' when there’s not another motherfucker currently alive breaking more labor laws than he is," one X user tweeted.
"Elon Musk has spread racist and homophobic conspiracy theories, tried to bribe employees for sexual favors, produced AI cars that kill people, and has been sued in numerous countries for poor or racist working conditions," another user wrote. "But doing crime in a video game is evil."
There's a good chance Musk was simply trying to appeal to his increasingly far-right-leaning supporters on his platform by saying that killing cops is bad.
After all, judging by the sheer amount of tweets as of late, that's seemingly how Musk is spending most of his time these days.
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