Twitter was quick to mock the concept of "elite" breeders following a Telegraph article about the subject
An “elite” couple who say they’re breeding to save the global population have made the news again – and quickly met the internet’s wrath.
Simone and Malcolm Collins have caused more than just a subtle stir on Twitter this week, after appearing in a Telegraph article where they espouse “pronatalism” – a term which means pro-birth.
According to the piece titled, “Meet the ‘elite’ couples breeding to save mankind”, this is becoming an increasingly popular movement within Silicon Valley.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk, for instance, has had 10 children with three different women, and believes “civilisation is going to crumble” unless everyone starts having more kids.
The Collins, who describe themselves as politically conservative, are also trying to stop global decline in population by personally having as many babies as possible.
They told the newspaper that they were aware that a focus on preventing falling birth rates is often linked to neo-Nazis, but personally reject racism and the concept of a homogenous population. They are instead hoping to have a diverse range of cultures.
He suggested that if the eight billion members of the human race were an animal species, it would fall into the “endangered” category by now.
The couple have three children – one of whom went throughout genetic screening and embryo selection so she’d be less likely to become obese or suffer from anxiety – but are allegedly hoping to have at least four more.
Naturally, Twitter was quick to jump on the pair and accuse them of promoting the dubious practice of eugenics. That’s where you reproduce only to increase the chances of desirable characteristics. Safe to say, Twitter users are not a fan of that.
The history of eugenics is fascinating for so many reasons…
None more so than when we consider which people think of themselves as genetically superior.https://t.co/ybPduUBsbc
— James Wong (@Botanygeek) April 18, 2023
Phew. Good thing the 'elite' couple 'breeding to save mankind' but worried that 'falling birth rates are also a common preoccupation of neo-Nazis and other ethno-nationalists' don't look anything like fascists. Just normal, ordinary, elite breeders. Nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/7xt6S8Mtpp
— Tabitha McIntosh (@TabitaSurge) April 17, 2023
Torygraph going all out with the Eugenics vibes now eh? Fucks sakehttps://t.co/lHi6mc3VmD
— Reverend&TheMakers (@Reverend_Makers) April 18, 2023
And some struggled to believe what they were seeing is real...
i would watch this horror movie pic.twitter.com/d4JaSalGg1
— dr caitlin green (offense archaeologist) (@caitlinmoriah) April 18, 2023
...Or just compared the entire piece to “dropping cinder blocks on my feet”.
I would so love to, but I’m going to be busy all day dropping cinder blocks on my feet, and I’m dreadfully behind schedule. pic.twitter.com/oM4zqJXoBi
— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) April 18, 2023
I’ve had to see so many of photos of that elite breeder couple today that I’ve been turned anti-natalist.
— Alex in his allergy era ✨ (@SeeMeSchrollin) April 19, 2023
Of course, plenty of Twitter users also took the concept and put their own favourite “elite” breeders (aka most chaotic TV couples) in the frame instead.
Reading an article about “the elite couples breeding to save mankind” and all the couples look like this pic.twitter.com/YfN43R9Hs8
— Paul (@katamaridumassy) April 18, 2023
— Dr. Thrasher (@thrasherxy) April 19, 2023
meet the elite couples breeding to save mankind pic.twitter.com/DUgNaASswC
— laura 🦠 (@ecto_fun) April 18, 2023
Meet the ‘elite’ couples breeding to save mankind. pic.twitter.com/PaNznyxVyC
— 🎃Ghost Maggie 🎃 (@maggieserota) April 18, 2023
Meet the ‘elite’ couples breeding to save mankind pic.twitter.com/AshqRKqBUo
— Natalia Antonova 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@NataliaAntonova) April 18, 2023
Meet the ‘elite’ couple breeding to save mankind pic.twitter.com/oa9x5LBaa6
— Ed Burmila (@edburmila) April 18, 2023
Meet the "Elite" couple breeding to save mankind. pic.twitter.com/7894UrlSlk
— Scott (@scottwilks) April 18, 2023
Meet the ‘elite’ couples breeding to save mankind. pic.twitter.com/3ptW0rOfVm
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) April 18, 2023