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Elon Musk makes 'The Princess Bride' reference, says he doesn't care if he loses money for speaking his mind

Screenshot taken from video on the CNBC Television YouTube channel

Billionaire business magnate Elon Musk said during an interview that he does not care about the potential negative business consequences of publicly disseminating his views on Twitter.

While interviewing Musk, CNBC's David Faber noted that Musk recently tweeted about George Soros.

"Soros reminds me of Magneto," Musk wrote, adding in another tweet that Soros "wants to erode the very fabric of civilization" and "hates humanity."

Faber asked Musk why he would share his opinion when Tesla buyers and Twitter advertisers may disagree.

Musk mentioned freedom of speech.

Faber pressed the issue, noting that such comments place Musk in the thick of the nation's "partisan divide" and make him a "lightning rod for criticism." Faber also noted that some people have accused Musk of being an anti-Semite, though the media figure quickly added that he does not believe that to be true of Musk.

Musk rejected the charges of anti-Semitism and suggested that he's "like a pro-Semite, if anything."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: I'll say what I want to say, and if we lose money, so be itwww.youtube.com

Faber mentioned the possibility that Musk's tweets could hurt business interests, suggesting that Tesla owners may disagree with Musk's political views, and Twitter could be unable to get some advertisers due to Musk's tweets.

At that point, Musk sat silently for more than 10 seconds, apparently mulling over how he would respond. After the lengthy silence, Musk made a reference to the popular 1987 film "The Princess Bride" in order to explain his thinking on the issue.

He referred to a scene in the film where a character confronts the man who killed his father.

In the movie, the character Inigo Montoya bests the other man in a sword fight and then tells the man to offer him money, promise him power, and offer him everything he asks for. The other man agrees, but then makes a move against Montoya who stabs him and declares that he wants his father back.

"Offer me money. Offer me power. I don't care," Musk said.

Musk explained that he will say what he wants, and if the result is a loss of money, "so be it."

The Princess Bride (11/12) Movie CLIP - My Name Is Inigo Montoya (1987) HDwww.youtube.com

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