Twitter is having a field day with Grimes’s latest TikTok video. Here’s why.
Time for a “Realiti” check.
Canadian singer Grimes (nee Claire Boucher) hit the wrong note with many of her followers in a new TikTok video that’s gone viral.
In a roughly minute-long clip that the musician — and romantic partner of Tesla TSLA founder Elon Musk — posted on Wednesday, Grimes claimed that artificial intelligence enables communism. In her own words:
“So, typically, most of the communists I know are not big fans of A.I. But, if you think about it, A.I. is actually the fastest path to communism.”
“I have a proposition for the communists. So, typically, most of the communists I know are not big fans of A.I. But, if you think about it, A.I. is actually the fastest path to communism,” the “Realiti” singer began.
“So, if implemented correctly, A.I. could actually, theoretically solve for abundance. Like, we could totally get to a situation where nobody has to work. Everybody is provided for with a comparable state of being, comfortable living,” Grimes continued. “A.I. could automate all the farming, weed out systematic corruption, thereby bringing us as close as possible to genuine equality.”
She concluded: “So basically, everything everybody loves about communism but without the collective farm — ’cause, let’s be real, enforced farming is really not a vibe.”
This sparked a strong reaction on both TikTok and Twitter TWTR , with many viewers questioning her grasp of communism. For one thing, people are still expected to work under the classless society derived from Karl Marx. All property is publicly owned, and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs, per the Oxford Dictionary definition of the political theory.
Other viewers pointed out that Musk, Grimes’s boyfriend and the father of her child, is the third wealthiest person in the world with a net worth around $150 billion, according to Forbes. So her push for economic equality falls somewhat flat when considering her own lavish lifestyle.
“Just to be clear here the girlfriend of a billionaire who is currently vying for the most wealth ever amassed in history is arguing that AI will somehow bring us Communism, thereby forcing her bf to share his wealth with the rest of us? Like, couldn’t he just do that whenever?” wrote Twitter user @ibvanmat.
“Why is GRIMES of all people talking about communism?” asked another.
“Grimes has adopted her boyfriends stunning ability to say a bunch of techbro nonsense and think she sounds profound,” mused another viewer, whose comment has been “liked” 900 times.
The clip went viral overnight, with the original video drawing more than 14,000 comments and around 151,000 “likes” on TikTok. Grimes was also trending on Twitter on Thursday, with more than 17,000 tweets discussing her comments by the afternoon