And you thought that car he launched into space was high. Zing!
As you may already know, Elon Musk has endured quite a drubbing from the press in recent weeks.
It all started with an emotional New York Times interview in which the Tesla and Space-X CEO tearfully carried on about the pain of spending his 47th birthday alone.
From there, things got quickly became even more bizarre, as Musk was involved in a public feud with Azealia Banks that saw the rapper issuing allegations of drug use and erratic behavior.
(Banks later apologized for the accusations.)
Combine those PR debacles with Musk’s tweets about a plan to take his publicly-traded company private in what would have been the biggest buyout in history, and it’s not hard to see why Tesla stock isn’t exactly soaring at the moment.
Presumably, in an effort to begin the lengthy process of rebuilding his public image as wells as shareholders’ trust, Musk decided to make an appearance Joe Rogan’s podcast, which is like Oprah for people who experiment with DMT and spend a lot of time talking about their gains.
In all seriousness, Rogan’s podcast is one of the most popular on the planet, and no outlet that features thoughtful discussion of dense topics in a 3-4 hour format reaches a larger audience.
So it could have been a smart move for Musk, had he not decided to take the host — a proud advocate of the therapeutic and recreational benefits of mind-altering substances — up on his offer to spark a blunt and sip a little whiskey.
Now, even in the most conservative circles, attitudes toward cannabis use have never been more relaxed.
Prohibition of pot is glacially coming to an end, and all over the country, people are walking in on their college-aged kids or elderly parents smoking a joint and responding by calmly encouraging them to pass that.
But Musk’s case is a bit different than most.
The decision to light up with Rogan comes on the heels of accusations that Musk made the decision to take his company private (at $420 a share, tee-hee) while tripping on acid.
So we suppose it’s understandable that some of Tesla’s more traditional shareholders weren’t thrilled to see the company’s CEO burning one down in front of an audience of millions.
In fact, the price of Tesla shares has plummeted an astonishing 9 percent in the past 24 hours, with experts chalking the drop up to Musk’s latest behavior.
Tesla stock is now down 40 percent from the company’s 52-week … high (sorry).
Frankly, we don’t see what all the fuss is about.
Folks who were worried that Musk is on drugs should have had their minds put at ease by the fact that this man clearly has no experience smoking blunts.