Would you rather date Twitter personality and billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk on his escape ship to Mars, or just be destroyed when the Earth blows up? It appears that legendary and extremely Rare artist Grimes has made her choice, and is rumored to be linked up with the SpaceX boss himself.
Elon and Grimes will walk the red carpet together tonight at the Met gala, as Page Six reports, along with further discussions of “a source” that the two met through a Twitter joke:
In 2015, she created a character named “Rococo Basilisk” for a video of her song “Flesh Without Blood.” “I don’t know if you’ve heard of Roko’s Basilisk,” she told Fuse. “[This character] is doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she’s also kind of like Marie Antoinette.”
“Elon was researching the idea of joking about Rococo Basilisk, and when he saw Grimes had already joked about it, he reached out to her,” says the insider. “Grimes said this was the first time in three years that anyone understood the joke. They were both poking fun at AI.”
I was extremely skeptical of this report, a Grimes/Elon truther along with my coworker and tech reporter Ryan Felton, until I saw that it centered around Twitter, and now I do not know what to believe.
This news is backed up by excellent research by Motherboard’s Sarah Emerson, looking into the one place Elon feels at home: the tweets.
Grimes, if you are not already familiar, is a quite good musician who stands out for making the best Jalopnik video that Jalopnik did not shoot, her video for Oblivion:
She is also responsible for the only good tour video, which is also extremely automotive, if that’s what it takes to get you to listen to some good music:
Elon has a, uh, troubled past with some of his relationships, as noted in his recent Rolling Stone profile and also in a lengthy report from his first wife, to whom he whispered “I am the alpha in this relationship,” on their wedding night. Really. He said that, according to her.
But hey, I can’t judge Grimes for this choice. If this is what gets you a spot on Elon Musk’s cryogenic chamber in his private escape ship to Mars, rather than get destroyed in the impending nuclear holocaust/climate death/viral outbreak that will consume Earth and human life upon it. A quick poll of the Jalopnik office found that the rest of the staff would ride it out the apocalypse down here.
We have reached out to Tesla for comment, asking for confirmation of the relationship, and querying if Elon calls her by the name, “Grimes.” We will update accordingly.