A video of Twitter executive Alex Martinez has gone viral after he was heard commenting on Elon Musk’s Asperger’s syndrome, which the Tesla chief executive has responded to.
Alex Martinez is trending on social media after a video of him mentioning Elon Musk’s Asperger’s was posted by American political journalist Benny Johnson, who is also chief creative officer of conservative organisation Turning Point USA.
Twitter has been divided over the clip secretly filmed by a member of far-right activist group Project Veritas. Some are calling Martinez out for referring to Musk as “special needs”, while others claim he has a right to his own opinion. Others still are querying the validity of the clip.
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Alex Martinez talks Elon Musk’s Asperger’s and Twitter free speech reform
Martinez, identified by Project Veritas, was filmed discussing Musk’s plans to allow free speech on the platform.
The SpaceX founder struck a deal to purchase the service last month for $44 billion, a takeover that has been delayed as he awaits evidence to prove spam and fake accounts constitute less than five per cent of Twitter users.
Martinez is seemingly against his future boss’ strategy, stating Twitter’s current policies are to limit misinformation.
In the clip he appears to highlight Musk’s Asperger’s by saying: “So, he’s special. I’m like, you’re special needs, you’re literally special needs. So, I can’t even take what you’re saying seriously.”
The Tesla chief executive responded to the clip with a tweet of his own:
As per his Advertising Week New York profile, Martinez is responsible for the growth of several key accounts in Twitter’s health and wellness sector by creating online campaigns with advertisers.
His LinkedIn is currently inaccessible and his Twitter profile is protected.
Twitter torn over trending tape
While many are criticising Martinez for his insensitive comments, others are defending his right to express an opinion during a private meeting.
Some people, meanwhile, are questioning the validity of the clip as it appears to be heavily edited.
Here’s just a few of the tweets out there:
What is Asperger’s?
As per Autism Speaks, Asperger’s is a form of autism spectrum disorder. Those with Asperger’s find social interaction difficult, desire repetition, and can have obsessive interests.
Musk openly spoke about his condition during a TED talk in April 2022, calling himself “bookish” because “social cues were not intuitive”.
However, he first revealed the disorder during his SNL opening monologue in which the entrepreneur erroneously claimed to be the first celeb with Asperger’s to host the show. Viewers pointed out comedian Dan Akroyd also has Asperger’s and had hosted Saturday Night Live before.
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