Zuckerberg Might be ‘Underqualified’ to Rule the Metaverse, But is Elon Really Capable?
Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriend believes Mark Zuckerberg is ‘unqualified’ to lead the metaverse
Grimes, a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer, appears to be skeptical that Mark Zuckerberg is qualified to run the metaverse. She was critical of the tech mogul’s plans to transform the company formerly known as Facebook into a metaverse pioneer. Grimes believes he is “wildly underqualified” to captain the ship. She previously dated Elon Musk and took to Twitter to criticize the Facebook founder’s Metaverse avatar, writing that if Zuck ‘oversees the metaverse,’ it is dead, and those interested in art and culture are creating something new. “This is also poor art.”
Grimes wrote in response to the image of Zuckerberg’s metaverse avatar, the quality of this image alone speaks to how wildly under-qualified he is to build an alternate reality, literally every indie game looks better. Last fall, Mark Zuckerberg directed a companywide shift toward the metaverse, even rebranding Facebook’s corporate name to Meta, as the embattled social media platform dealt with a series of scandals involving its business practices and internal policies. Zuckerberg posted the image Grimes mentioned on Facebook last week, but the response was far from what he had hoped for. Just a few days later, he shared an alternate version of the avatar.
Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, made the remarks in response to an article about Zuckerberg’s recent interview with Joe Rogan. Grimes has been known to dabble in visual arts in addition to her music. She sold a series of NFTs for nearly $6 million last year. The singer is also known for her passion for video games, sci-fi, and fantasy culture, and she recently stated that she wants to alter her ears to look more elf-like. However, for a virtual reality designed to appeal to gamers and fantasy fans, Zuckerberg’s Metaverse has failed to entice Grimes. She also made fun of the Meta CEO’s new avatar release. Grimes tweeted, “This is bad art.” “The quality of this image alone demonstrates how woefully underqualified he is to create an alternate reality; literally every indie game looks better.”
Several days later, Zuckerberg attempted to address the issue by posting a different avatar on Instagram. Late last year, Zuckerberg announced a pivot to focus on building a metaverse company. He has stated that the Metaverse will be an all-encompassing world in which people will be able to interact via digital avatars and even recreate an office environment from home while wearing augmented reality glasses or virtual reality headsets. Earlier this year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the project will lose “significant” money for the next five years. The future of virtual reality communities such as Decentraland has previously been called into question. Billionaire Mark Cuban called virtual real estate “the dumbest shit ever” earlier this month.