Elon Musk has promised to donate $ 1 million in trees ($ 1 per tree) to YouTuber Jimmy & # 39; MrBeast & # 39; Donaldson, who is currently campaigning to raise $ 20 million from fellow YouTube celebrities for a fundraising effort on climate change. There is only one problem: Musk recently said in a sworn testimony that he is financially illiquid.
Musk told the YouTuber that he would make the donation on Twitter after some nudges from Marques "MKBHD" Brownlee, who interviewed Musk in the past and is an avid fan of Tesla. Musk initially showed interest yesterday, ask on Twitter about the type of trees being planted as part of MrBeast's fundraising. MrBeast responded that the trees are planted on every continent except Antarctica; the type of tree depends on where it is going.
The fundraising program has been successful even without a Musk donation; MrBeast raised more than $ 6 million. The project is one collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation. When Brownlee told Musk, Musk replied: "Sounds legitimate" and promised to donate 1 million trees.
Ok, sounds legitimate, donates 1M trees
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 29, 2019
In the past, Musk has been playing in a playful way with MrBeast, who has become famous on YouTube for philanthropic stunts where large amounts of money are given away, sometimes to total strangers. The YouTuber then promised to buy a Tesla Tell Musk he would do that as the director organized an episode of "Meme Review" on the Felix channel "PewDiePie" Kjellberg. After Musk had hosted Meme Review, MrBeast followed by. Since then, MrBeast Musk has asked if he would help him & # 39;vlog on the moon. "
And Musk continued with a previous donation he had promised on Twitter: one that helped schools in Flint, Michigan install UV water filter systems for their water supply
But the use of Musk on Twitter is not all positive; he is now engaged in a Twitter smear suit. Last year, Musk used his nearly 30 million Twitter audience to call a British cave diver named Vernon Unsworth "pedo guy" after Unsworth helped Musk's efforts to rescue a boy soccer team locked up in a cave in Thailand , criticized. Musk later told BuzzFeed News that Unsworth is a & # 39; child rapist & # 39; , added: & # 39; I really hope he sues me. & # 39;
How does this relate to a relatively benevolent promise to donate trees to the Arbor Day Foundation? Well, in a recent lawsuit, Musk told Unsworth lawyers that, despite his huge stock in Tesla and SpaceX, he was financially illiquid, according to The Los Angeles Times. This means that his insurer, American International Group Inc., may become involved in a possible legal settlement or financial payment resulting from the case. It also means that it is an open question whether Musk has the money to help MrBeast plant all those trees for charity.