Musk Visits Rome, Warns Italy Of ‘Woke Mind Virus’

As billionaire Elon Musk faces mounting financial and political retribution for his embrace of free speech and opposition to the “woke” ideology that has taken root across much of the U.S., he is also using his platform to advise other countries not to follow the same path as America.

The latest example came during Musk’s recent trip to Rome, during which he spoke at the Atreju festival coordinated by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, a conservative leader who has herself become a prominent enemy of the left.

“Please don’t import the woke mind virus,” Musk told attendees at the festival. “It’s bad.”

In addition to setting the stage for “very, very divisive identity politics,” he said that the ideology “amplifies racism, amplifies frankly sexism and all the -isms.”

Despite the claims of adherents that it is designed to unite people from all walks of life, Musk asserted that it “actually divides people and makes them sort of hate each other and it makes people hate themselves.”

Furthermore, he claimed that “the virus is all about condemning people instead of celebrating people,” concluding with a succinct description of the worldview as “just evil” and “bad.”

While his latest remarks were notable because of the international venue, Musk has spoken out against the “woke mind virus” on several previous occasions.

During a 2021 interview with Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon, he lamented the deleterious toll that wokeness has taken on the current state of comedy.

Calling it a “prevalent mind virus and arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization,” Musk added: “I think we should be aiming for, like, a positive society and that it should be OK to be humorous. Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal, which is not cool.”

He went on to lambaste the left’s effort to “shut down” stand-up comedian Dave Chapelle.

“Come on, man, that’s crazy. So, do we want to be a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation and hate, basically?”

Last year, he reacted to a precipitous drop in subscribers and a dip in the streaming network’s stock price by asserting that the “woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”