Clearly, the bromance between Elon Musk and Kanye West is already paying dividends. While Musk is endorsing West’s political ambitions, the rapper is encouraging the Tesla CEO to dip his toe into fashion design.
The tech entrepreneur announced via a tweet on Thursday that “Tesla will make fabulous short shorts in radiant red satin with gold trim,” adding in a second tweet, “Will send some to the Shortseller Enrichment Commission to comfort them through these difficult times.” He followed that up with a profane reinterpretation of the agency’s initials, writing, “SEC, three letter acronym, middle word is Elon’s.”
The bad blood between the SEC and Musk began in 2018 when the agency charged him with securities fraud for tweeting about taking Tesla private at $420 per share. He later agreed to a settlement that included removing himself as chairman of Tesla, and both Musk and Tesla paying $20 million in fines each.
The booty shorts, which read “S3XY” across the butt, were simply meant to be a joke at the expense of short sellers and the SEC in response to Tesla’s stock hitting a new record high, but wound up becoming an instant best seller. The shorts went on sale on the company’s website on Sunday for $69.42, and a few minutes later Musk tweeted, “Dang, we broke the website.”
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