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Elon Musk goes off on Disney CEO Bob Iger, saying he should be 'fired immediately'

A split image showing Elon Musk (left) and Disney CEO Bob Iger
Elon Musk is targeting Disney CEO Bob Iger.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images; Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The New York Times
  • Elon Musk is attacking yet another advertiser that has left X: Disney.

  • He pounced on news that New Mexico sued Meta over allegations it didn't shut down child exploitation.

  • The X CEO wrote that Disney CEO Bob Iger should be fired for advertising on Meta's platforms.

Elon Musk isn't letting up in his beef with Disney CEO Bob Iger.

The X boss trashed Iger on Thursday, writing on X, formerly Twitter, that he should be "fired immediately" and that Walt Disney himself was "turning in his grave over what Bob has done to his company."

Musk pounced on news that New Mexico's attorney general sued Meta and its CEO — a longtime Musk rival — Mark Zuckerberg.

The lawsuit alleges that Meta's social networks aren't doing enough to protect kids and that Instagram and Facebook are "not safe spaces for children but rather prime locations for predators to trade child pornography and solicit minors for sex," Attorney General Raúl Torrez of New Mexico said.

One user on X pointed out that Disney was still advertising on Meta. The company recently pulled ads from X after Musk supported an antisemitic post.

Musk chimed in (misspelling the Disney CEO's name): "Bob Eiger thinks it's cool to advertise next to child exploitation material. Real stand up guy."

When another user asked why Iger hadn't been fired yet, Musk replied: "He should be fired immediately."

He also responded to a news headline about his call for Iger's firing with one word: "truth."

Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It's Musk's latest attack on an advertiser who fled his platform. At The New York Times' DealBook Summit, Musk had a succinct and vulgar response to companies that didn't want to give him money anymore: "Go fuck yourself."

At the event, Musk took the opportunity to single Iger out.

"Is that clear?" Musk asked. "I hope it is. Hey, Bob."

Earlier at the summit, the Disney CEO was asked about his company's decision to pull advertising on X.

"We know Elon is larger than life in many respects and that his name is very much tied to the companies he either has founded or he owns, whether it's Tesla or SpaceX or now X," Iger said.

Iger appeared to reference Musk's decision to boost an antisemitic tweet last month.

"By him taking the position that he took in quite a public manner, we just felt that the association with that position and Elon Musk and X was not necessarily a positive one for us," Iger said.

Musk faced an onslaught of criticism over his post on X, which called an antisemitic post the "absolute truth." Musk later walked back his original comment, calling it "foolish."

Iger and Disney are among many that Musk has targeted over the years. The billionaire has publicly dissed several major figures and companies, including Apple and President Joe Biden.

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