In a surprising display of generosity, tech billionaire Elon Musk has announced he will cover the cost of an appeal for a magician who participated in the Capitol riots earlier this year.
The showman, whose real name is Jacob Chanceley, gained notoriety for his strange outfit and horned headdress as he stormed the Capitol building with other pro-Trump supporters.
He was later arrested and charged with multiple offenses including violent entry and disorderly conduct.
Despite his actions, Musk apparently took pity on the magician and offered to pay his legal fees. In a tweet, Musk wrote, “Shaman’s legal defense is important to me. We need to support people who stand up for what they believe in, no matter how wrong or illegal their actions.”
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 alleged support of Donald Trump.
Some have speculated that Musk’s leniency towards the magician may have been a publicity stunt designed to deflect attention 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 intentions, it’s clear that Musk’s offer to cover 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.
Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether Musk’s offer will have any bearing on the showman’s case. But one thing is certain: It has once again raised questions about the billionaire’s motives and values, and whether he really believes what he claims.