Musk had recently delivered a powerful message to advertisers who withdrew their support following a Media Matters report criticizing X. Musk's unambiguous response to the advertisers was, "@#$% you," asserting that he would not be coerced by financial threats. This statement was seen as a rallying cry in the ongoing struggle for freedom of speech.
Gutfeld, during his Friday night show, humorously pointed out the absurdity of attempting to financially blackmail the world's wealthiest man. He likened it to "trying to extort Jerry Nadler with salad," while displaying an image of the corpulent Nadler, or "blackmailing sports fans by threatening to cancel PBS."
Gutfeld then underscored the critical role of Musk and X in the fight for free speech. He stated, "Musk may be the last man standing between real freedom of speech and the suffocating block of the censorship industrial complex which is made up of government, media, and tech forces. He realizes that advertisers have no spine and can be easily cowed by special interest groups in cahoots with political allies."
In a moment that has since gone viral, Gutfeld dropped a bombshell, saying, "If you don't believe me, I have two words for you: Tucker Carlson." The nervous laughter that followed indicated the gravity of his statement, and even Gutfeld's own team seemed apprehensive about potential repercussions. Gutfeld's courage in making such a statement has been widely recognized and applauded.
Musk, for his part, approved of Gutfeld's remarks, simply responding with, "Correct."
The ongoing struggle for free speech is a critical one, and those willing to stand up for it are essential for the preservation of our rights and the welfare of the nation. It is crucial to protect entities like X and to foster free media that is not subject to the liberal narrative or the control of advertisers.
Speculation has arisen about whether Fox might take action against Gutfeld following his bold statement. However, should Fox decide to sever ties with Gutfeld, it is likely he would find a platform elsewhere, possibly on X, as Tucker Carlson has done.
Carlson appears to be thriving in his newfound freedom, suggesting that attempts to silence him may have been ill-advised. This battle may ultimately empower more individuals to speak their minds, posing a threat to the control of the liberal narrative.