I don't dislike him. I am vastly amused by the sainthood he has apparently risen to in the eyes of many young men. At one forum, which I no longer visit, I responded to typical adolescent stupidity--"After we colonize Mars, how long before there is a war between Earth and Mars" (them boys is war-obsessed; I think they feel deprived because they haven't had one)--by listing the conditions on Mars. I gave the mean surface temperature (about 220-230 Kelvin), the mean atmospheric pressure (about 10-12 millibars, as compared to 1013 millibars at sea level on our planet), the total lack of any protection from solar radiation (just riding around in a rover would get you the equivalent of a chest x-ray, every day
), the enormous problems of creating an atmosphere, the problems of building safe habitats which would not explode in the low atmospheric pressure. In short, I rained on his parade, tropical downpour style. I ended my post with the question: "What did you say you wanted this planet for?"
I got a lot of upvotes in a very short period of time, that same day. Lots of comments from people laughing at the Elon Musk fan boys. The post was removed in under 24 hours. There are those who consider it blasphemy to criticize Musk, even though I had not actually done so in my post.
As I said earlier, he's an ideas man. His reported personal fortune of $20,000,000,000 wouldn't be seed money for starting a colony on Mars. That doesn't make him a bad man, nor have I said so. But his devoted worshipers seem to be more than a few bricks short of a load. Witness the author of this thread, and go look at his no-moon-landing thread.