Elon Musk changed his name on Twitter to “Elona Musk” on Wednesday after the Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov mocked the billionaire.
Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s republic of Chechnya and a top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, took several digs at Musk on Tuesday in response to the Tesla CEO’s tweet challenging Putin to “single combat.”
In his post on Telegram, the warlord said Putin would beat Musk in a fight, according to an Insider translation. He referred to Musk as “tender Elona” and drew comparisons between the two men, saying that they were in “two completely different weight classes.” He called Putin “a world politician, strategist, a nemesis of the West and the USA,” while saying Musk was merely a “businessman and a Twitter blogger,” according to an Insider translation.
Musk shared a screenshot of Kadyrov’s post, which included suggestions for places in Chechnya where Musk could receive training to transform from “Elona” into “brutal Elon.”
In his response to the post, Musk doubled down on his challenge to Putin and said the training would give him “too much of an advantage.” The billionaire signed his tweet “Elona” and changed his name on Twitter to Kadyrov’s nickname for him.
In Russia, “Ilona” is a woman’s name. “Elona” seems to be a feminine form of Musk’s first name, with which Kadyrov appears to be insinuating that Musk is not masculine enough to face Putin.
Kadyrov is known as one of Putin’s greatest supporters. The quasi-autonomous Chechen Republic, which Putin officially gave Kadyrov leadership over in 2011, is known for its crimes against LGBTQ people, as well as the forced marriage of underage girls. In an interview with an HBO reporter in 2017, the warlord said the Chechen Republic did not have LGBTQ people, and if they did, the country would “purify our blood.”
Kadyrov has repeatedly been accused of supporting the extensive use of torture, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings of members of the LGBTQ communities.
Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, also responded to the warlord’s diss on Twitter, resharing a picture of Musk represented in female form.
“You are so pretty Elona,” Maye Musk wrote.
Kadyrov is not the only Putin ally to diss Elon Musk. The SpaceX CEO has gotten into a series of tiffs on Twitter with Russia’s space chief, Dmitry Rogozin. The Roscosmos chief has repeatedly threatened to cut off Russia’s support to the International Space Station, and Musk has presented SpaceX as a solution.
Musk has been outspoken on Twitter about his support for Ukraine. He has provided Ukraine with internet by launching satellite Starlink systems, and CNBC reported Tesla offered to pay three months’ salary to Ukrainian employees asked to return home to fight Russia.
Originally posted by insider.com