You know what they say―you can’t choose your family or your neighbors. As it turns out, Elon Musk is not the kind of neighbor you’d wish to have in your quiet neighborhood.
Praised by many for his business skills and declared as one of the world’s “great geniuses” by Donald Trump, Elon Musk received some harsh words from a woman living in a small community of Boca Chica, Texas, near which some of the SpaceX company operations are based. With support from the state government, SpaceX came to the remote beach community at the southernmost end of Texas in 2014. The Boca Chica community has a tiny population of 26 and already has a history of its inhabitants complaining about SpaceX operations.
Speaking at an event, Elon Musk reportedly said earlier this year: “We are working with the residents of Boca Chica Village because we think over time it’s going to be quite disruptive. The actual danger is low to Boca Chica Village, but it’s not tiny. So, therefore, we want super-tiny risk. So probably over time, it’s better to buy out the villagers.”
However, not all of the villagers were “bought out”. One of them told Esquire: “They don’t want us here because it’s costing them money to have us here. But we were here first. This is where we thought we were going to live until we died.”
A Texan writer, Rachel Monroe, has shared on Twitter about what it’s like to live in Boca Chica―the area where Elon Musk based some of the operations of his SpaceX company. The thread received a lot of attention, now counting more than 40k likes and 16k retweets. However, not everyone was in agreement with the tweet’s author and defended Musk. “No, that’s not an accurate headline – it’s another “hit piece” – many people just want to demonize and denigrate him and other successful people. It keeps them focused on an “us vs. them” narrative and be perpetually unhappy,” one of Musk supporters wrote.