Year 1982. Ridley Scott releases ‘Blade Runner,’ a film destined to become the new major reference in science fiction, in which Harrison Ford played Rick Deckard, whose affiliation with the world of humans or replicants would last until our days. Year 2023. Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, says on his own social media that Blade Runner is the protagonist of ‘Blade Runner’.
Runner. Don Blade Runner.
Elon Musk desperately wants us to love him. It’s not news: the tycoon and director of Twitter (the social network we will never call X) has been trying for a long time to show that he is incredibly funny, although it has become quite clear that his attempts have been futile.
It all started with a rather ridiculous tweet from Tesla indicating that their new car, the absurd and very American Cybertruck, possibly the ugliest thing ever created by man, could withstand an arrow without damage. Oh, yes, finally a way to defend ourselves from the archers plaguing our highways.
Musk replied, fearlessly embracing the ridiculousness, “It’s a personal armored vehicle of the future – what Bladerunner would drive.” Of course, the highlighted comments are all from people admiring his wit and his car, but the community notes reveal the truth: “His name is Rick Deckard, idiot”; “In the movies, Blade Runner is a profession, not an individual. The Cybertruck has also not announced any flying capabilities, making navigation in the Blade Runner universe problematic, so it would be an impractical choice.”
Nothing new under the sun, showing us that having money doesn’t usually equate to being incredibly astute. Masterful gambit, sir.