In a stunning display of generosity, tech billionaire Elon Musk has announced that he will be covering the cost of the appeal for the shaman who participated in the Capitol riots earlier this year.
The shaman, whose real name is Jacob Chansley, gained notoriety for his outlandish outfit and horned headdress as he stormed the Capitol building alongside other pro-Trump supporters.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with several offenses, including violent entry and disorderly conduct.
Despite his actions, Musk has apparently taken pity on the shaman and offered to pay for his legal fees. In a tweet, Musk wrote, “The shaman’s legal defense is important to me. We need to support those who stand up for what they believe in, no matter how misguided or illegal their actions may be.”
Critics have been quick to point out the hypocrisy of Musk’s stance. After all, this is the same man who famously tweeted “take the red pill” in reference to the alt-right movement, and who has been criticized for his perceived support of Donald Trump.
Some have speculated that Musk’s generosity towards the shaman may be a publicity stunt designed to distract from his company’s recent controversies. Tesla has come under fire for its safety record and labor practices, while SpaceX has faced criticism for its impact on the environment.
Regardless of his motives, it’s clear that Musk’s offer to cover the shaman’s legal fees is a controversial one. Many believe that those who participate in violent and illegal activities should not be rewarded, while others argue that everyone is entitled to a fair defense.
In the end, it remains to be seen whether Musk’s offer will have any impact on the shaman’s case. But one thing is for certain: it has once again raised questions about the billionaire’s motives and values, and whether he truly stands for what he claims to believe in.