Of all the embarrassing things X CEO Elon Musk has done of late—including destroy the social media platform that was Twitter, alienate his entire living family, and saying pronouns suck—this may just take the cake.
In a tweet from the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley account, the futuristic car company unveiled the Cybertruck, a car the company called the “most bad ass” vehicle ever created. It’s basically a big metal box that looks like it belongs in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.
But Elon Musk had another classic sci-fi film to compare the vehicle to: the 1987 Ridley Scott drama Blade Runner. And here’s where Musk tells on himself: in a tweet describing the car, he refers to the Cybertruck as “what Bladerunner would have driven.”
This commercial is totally fetch
Now I know what you’re thinking: the film Blade Runner, while being named Blade Runner, does not feature a character named Blade Runner, or even Bladerunner. Confusing, I know, but bear with me. Harrison Ford’s character Rick Deckard is an ex-police officer who now works as a “blade runner,” someone whose job it is to hunt and destroy replicants—synthetic androids that resemble humans.
But Elon Musk, whose whole thing is being an evil sci-fi warlord straight out of the Philip K. Dick universe, seems to not know this.
Ah yes, Bladerunner…that memorable character from the film of the same name.
That’s not even the worst part: the car itself is not the stuff of robotic sheep dreams. It’s actually a hunk of trash that can’t even fly, as cars in the film Blade Runner famously do.
But nothing is funnier than thinking Blade Runner is about a man named Bladerunner who runs blades.
We’ll leave the final word to the great Alex Turner, who definitely has seen Blade Runner. More than once!
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