February 5, 2023


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The Elon Musk connection to the glass onion was an accident, says Rian Johnson

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Since Rian Johnson’s acclaimed “Knife Out” sequel “Glass Onion” debuted on Netflix before Christmas, social media users have spent a lot of time debating Elon Musk. Google “glass onion” and “Elon Musk” and you’ll find dozens of articles about how the sequel to “Knife Out” is a “veiled dig” at the owner of Twitter. You will also be guided a tirade From conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, who condemned the film’s takedown of the mask and wrote that “Rian Johnson’s politics are as lazy as his writing.”

For Johnson, however, it was a “terrible accident” that culminated in the “Glass Onion” mask’s disastrous Twitter takeover. Written by the director of “Glass Onion” during the height of the Covid pandemic, Musk has been in the news daily for months due to his controversial Twitter handle. Of course, Johnson always intended to poke fun at the technical space with Miles Bronn’s character, but the film was never specifically devoted to slamming Musk.

“So weird. It’s so weird,” Johnson told Wired about Musk’s Twitter drama alongside his movie launch. “I hope there’s not some secret marketing department at Netflix that’s funding this Twitter takeover.”

“There are a lot of things in common about the tech billionaire species that have gone straight in,” Johnson added [the movie]. But obviously, it has an almost peculiar relevance in the present moment. A friend of mine said, ‘Man, it feels like writing this afternoon.’ And it was a horrible, horrible accident, you know?”

Musk supporters on social media have slammed Johnson and the “Glass Onion” because they believe the film is a big takedown of Musk. Leading the charge was Shapiro, whose Twitter thread About the movie has gone viral.

“[Johnson’s] The word of the universe is that Elon Musk is a bad and stupid man, and is being priced out by anyone who likes him – in media, politics or technology,” Shapiro wrote. “This is an incredibly stupid theory, since Musk is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in human history. (How many rockets has Johnson launched recently?), and it’s a stupid conspiracy theory to boot.”

While Shapiro won support from Musk fans, he was widely mocked for misinterpreting the movie. Either way, “Glass Iron’s” release has turned it into a politically-driven conversation starter that Johnson could never have predicted.

“Glass Onion” is now streaming on Netflix.

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