There is always one spoil sport

Elon Musk releases a product that doesn’t require government subsidies and a product that hordes of people actually want and what does some wowser say?

Inventor and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk claims he’s sold thousands of flamethrowers in recent days, turning a online gag into a marketing ploy worth millions.

But a California assemblyman said he plans to introduce legislation to block the distribution of the devices before they end up in customers’ hands.

In an email to the Washington Post, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said he thought the flamethrower idea was a joke when he first heard about it.  

Santiago – whose home parish was recently damaged by fire – was surprised anyone would hawk a flamethrower in a state in which devastating fires have recently displaced thousands, causing more than US$1 billion ($1.4b) in damage.

Santiago’s statement said he was in awe of “Musk’s genius”, but believes that the inventor’s gifts and successes mean he has unique responsibilities.

“The State of California and the County and City of Los Angeles have entrusted Mr Musk to help alleviate a real public policy problem here by executing a tunnel under the City to help alleviate traffic,” the statement said. “This deviation feels like a complete slap in the face.”

The lawmaker said he can’t imagine the problems a flamethrower would cause firefighters and police officers.

“This subject matter, in the wake of the state’s deadliest wildfires in history, is incredibly insensitive, dangerous, and most definitely not funny,” the statement continued.

“Absolutely no public good could come from the sale of this tool. Additionally, if this an elaborate prank, then I have some serious concerns about Mr Musk and his company collecting sensitive financial information from the number of people who have pre-ordered this product.”

What a wanker. Screw you Miguel Santiago from the 53rd District of Shithole Downtown and East LA.


I definitely want one now, to melt snowflakes…and to spite Miguel Santiago.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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