This has been a joke making the rounds lately; that you can make random men appear from nowhere simply by questioning Elon Musk’s abilities. Whether you think he’s a deserving genius or a fraud, you know that all you have to do is talk a little smack about the dude and defenders will materialize, perhaps even from unexpected locations.
I notice that a lot of celebrities are admired for their public acts– actors, politicians, business moguls, military leaders, and so on– and it is all well and good until they open their mouths and voice their opinions. Then, the luster can fade quickly. It is said that General Douglas MacArthur had political ambitions, including a run at the Presidency, and as long as he just stayed as an enigmatic General that won battles on newsreels, he might have had a chance. But once people heard him speak, he made an awful impression that sank his hopes– terrible “people skills”, I am told.
Hollywood celebrities encounter this a lot as well– when they are pretending to be someone else, people love them. When they reveal their true selves, though, it is an instant turn-off for many fans. Hollywood stars have an excuse though, they are given scripts to read that are carefully tailored to make their characters look good, and people subconsciously transfer their love for the character to the assumed good qualities of the actor. But sometimes, it just ain’t so.
So I guess the real lesson is, if you are a celebrity, keep your cake hole shut and let people assume you are a wonderful and intelligent person. As you can see, I have already completely ruined myself!