Musk Issues Warning As Irish Government Tries To Criminalize Memes

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has issued a dire warning about a new law that the government of Ireland is trying to pass, which would essentially make it illegal to possess an offensive meme on a smartphone.

The law comes in the aftermath of a horrific mass stabbing attack against women and children committed by an Algerian immigrant in Ireland, which prompted many Irish citizens to begin speaking out against mass unvetted immigration — especially in light of the fact that the suspect was supposed to be deported in 2008, but the deportation orders were rescinded and he was allowed to get an Irish passport.

Rather than trying to fix the problem that led to the stabbing, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has instead vowed to enact new laws against so-called “hate speech” — targeting people critical of the far-left’s radical policies.

One day after the stabbing and the mass protests that followed, which devolved into riots, Varadkar told reporters: “We will pass new laws in the coming weeks to enable the Gardai [police] to make better use of the CCTV evidence they collected yesterday, and also we will modernize our laws against incitement to hatred and hatred in general.”

“I think it’s now very obvious to anyone who might have doubted us that our incitement to hatred legislation is just not up to date. It’s not up to date for the social media age. And we need that legislation through within a matter of weeks,” he added.

Musk responded to the new proposed legislation in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Language being proposed as law in Ireland means this could literally happen to you for having a meme on your phone,” he wrote, sharing a GIF of an arrest.

The new legal changes, which were proposed in 2022, would “create new laws to deal with hate crimes, expand the protected characteristics to include gender (including gender identity and expression) and disability,” and “make it an offence to deny or trivialise genocide.”

It would also redefine the term “hate crime” in the broadest way possible. The language of the law, which would replace the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act of 1989, states: “A hate crime is any criminal offense which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to have been motivated by prejudice based on” a variety of protected characteristics.

Meanwhile, one of the Irish citizens that Varadkar’s comments were targeted at, UFC legend Conor McGregor, has continued to speak out against mass unvetted immigration to Ireland.

In several posts on social media, McGregor slammed the Irish government for allowing mass immigration — including vowing to fight for change in his country, even if leadership refused to do so. He also spoke out against the rioting in the aftermath of the mass stabbing incident, though he noted that he “understood” the Irish peoples’ frustrations.

“I do understand frustrations however, and I do understand a move must be made to ensure the change we need is ushered in. And fast! I am in the process of arranging. Believe me I am way more tactical and I have backing. There will be change in Ireland, mark my words,” McGregor wrote.

These posts led to him being investigated by police “as part of an inquiry into the dissemination of online hate speech.”