A charity fight between Twitter owner Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will take place in Italy. This was announced by Musk on social media, suggesting that the duel would take place in the scenery of ancient Rome. This event will not take place in the Eternal City, the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano immediately explained.
Musk announced on social media that he had spoken with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the Minister of Culture about the fight. He added that the organizers of this charity event will be the foundations of both tycoons and will broadcast them on their platforms. “The fight will be managed by my and Zuck’s foundations (not UFC). Livestream will be on this platform and Meta. Everything in the camera frame will be ancient Rome, so nothing modern. I spoke to the prime minister. Italian and the Minister of Culture. They agreed on an epic location,” the billionaire wrote.
Not Rome, but Pompeii?
His statement was partially denied by the Italian Minister of Culture, explaining: “I had a long and friendly conversation with Elon Musk, we talked about our shared passion for the history of ancient Rome. We are considering how to organize this great charity event, referring to history, while respecting and fully protecting places It will not be held in Rome.” “But above all, it is envisaged that a huge sum of many millions of euros will be allocated to two important Italian pediatric hospitals to strengthen their structures and research, to combat childhood diseases,” said Minister Sangiuliano.
Interestingly, Musk wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that the proceeds from the fight are to be used to help veterans.
The amphitheater in Pompeii as the venue for the Musk-Zuckerberg fight was proposed by the mayor of this city in southern Italy, Carmine Lo Sapio. “That would be the most appropriate place, I really hope so,” Ansie said. He emphasized that the archaeological park in Pompeii attracts the attention of the whole world and therefore, in his opinion, it would be an ideal location for a global event.
The Italian opposition criticizes the idea
Opposition politicians denounced the idea of Musk and Zuckerberg fighting in Italy.
“I find it simply amazing that Italy’s cultural heritage is being made available to two billionaires who want to indulge themselves like stupid teenagers,” said Carlo Calenda, former industry minister and head of the Azione party. – There are things that just aren’t for sale. One of them is the dignity and history of a great nation, he added.
Duel between Musk and Zuckerbeg
Musk threw down the gauntlet to Zuckerberg in a June 20 post, saying he was “ready for a cage match” with his business rival who trains in Ju-Jitsu. The Facebook founder recently entered his first tournament and won several medals.
A day later, Zuckerberg, who posted photos of matches won on Instagram, asked Musk to “send the location” of the proposed fight. The case then quieted down for a while, what’s more, a lot of confusion and laughter was caused by the entry of Elon Musk’s mother in social media, who wrote that she “cancelled the fight”. “Actually, I canceled the fight. I haven’t told them yet,” Maye Musk wrote.
PAP, Reuters, TVN24 Biznes
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