Elon Musk has just stood out again. The eccentric billionaire made a strong reference to an Eminem song in the context of the legal battle between him and the SEC, the American financial policeman. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.
In the summer of 2018, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s withdrawal from the stock market on his Twitter account. The billionaire quickly retracted, claiming to have consulted his shareholders, but the damage was done. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused the Tesla executive of wanting manipulate the stock market price of his company by sharing false information. Musk was fined $20 million and forced out of the Tesla chairmanship as part of a settlement with the SEC.
In the deal, Elon Musk pledged to seek legal approval before tweeting about Tesla. Four years later, the founder of the automobile firm seeks to cancel the agreement with the SEC, the American financial watchdog. He claims he was forced to sign the deal and wants to regain full control of his Twitter account.
Elon Musk compares himself to Eminem
In the latest publicly available court filing, Elon Musk split a reference to an Eminem song, Without Me. In the song, the famous rapper complains that “FCC (Editor’s note: Federal Communications Commission) don’t let me be or don’t let me be me”.
Eminem mentioned the fact that the American organization in charge of telecommunications had forced a radio station in Colorado not to broadcast one of his songs, The Real Slim Shady, in its original version. The FCC had taken this action due to the indecent nature of the lyrics. The organization went back on its remarks and then authorized the diffusion of the title.
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In reference to Eminem, the legal filing between Elon Musk and the SEC includes this mention “The [SEC] won’t let me be or won’t let me be me, so let me see”. The billionaire even specifies that he compares his case to that of the rapper, and that the SEC “try to silence him”. We do not know if this musical reference will allow Elon Musk to plead his case.