Elon Musk and Andrew Tate aren’t happy with GTA 6

Elon Musk and Andrew Tate aren’t happy with GTA 6
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


6th Dec 2023 10:58

We'd always suspected the first trailer for the next Grand Theft Auto would break the internet, but we didn't expect it to quite go into meltdown as it has. After the GTA 6 trailer leaked early (typical for gaming), Rockstar Games gave a surprise drop before its supposed December 5 reveal.

With this unexpected reveal, it was like dropping a live grenade and walking away. The whole world went mad, and unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know everyone has been about GTA 6. With the confirmation of details like a female protagonist and return to Vice City, there's also disappointment that we'll have to wait until 2025 to play.

Elon Musk and Andrew Tate aren't fans of GTA 6

When we say everyone is talking about GTA 6, we mean literally everyone. However, it seems not everyone is a fan, with some pretty big names sharing their vocal disdain for the automotive adventure. There are some controversial figures airing their opinions on GTA 6, and among the loudest are Elong Musk and Andrew Tate.

When one Twitter employee listed all the GTA games they'd not played, it triggered a reply from Elon Musk, who said, "Tried, but didn't like doing crime. GTA5 required shooting police officers in the opening scene. Just couldn't do it."

As for Andrew Tate, the internet mouthpiece slammed GTA 6's potential violence against police officers and says people under the age of 21 shouldn't be playing the game. It comes after #BanGTA6 started trending on social media. 

Tate suggested you play as an officer trying to stop crime and concluded, "I just don't think that’s good for society. With all the amazing graphics and whatever people put into these video games, I feel like you could create a better objective with the game."

There's some sense of irony about people being "snowflakes" when the likes of Musk and Tate are publicly lambasting GTA. Especially as there were pre-trailer grumbles of it being "woke" for having a female protagonist, as well complaints the franchise's typically crass humour might have to be dialled back. 

It's been a decade since GTA V was released, and safe to say, attitudes to a lot of things have changed. Funnily enough, in a period that's welcomed the Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements, things like GTA V's transphobic NPCs haven't exactly aged well. 

GTA 6 is already breaking records

We're not sure whether Musk's anti-GTA snark comes from a public feud between Rockstar and Twitter. Although Rockstar posted its trailer to YouTube, it refused to share it on Twitter. There was some public grovelling from X/Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino, before Rockstar finally caved.

Yaccarino wrote, "@RockstarGames — gaming is one of our most popular topics. Drop that trailer here — give the people on @X what they want!!" Rockstar's tweet directed you to the YouTube link, with accusations Twitter was limiting its reach. This is after the likes of Disney pulled advertising from the platform.

GTA 6 isn't even out yet, but it's already breaking records. The trailer bested MrBeast for most non-music video views in 24 hours, while it's also overtaken the views of the GTA V reveal trailer. Finally, Rockstar's trailer announcement tweet is the most-liked gaming tweet of all time. Not bad for a quiet Tuesday reveal. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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