Kevin O’Leary bites back at critics after controversial tweet

by Ana Lopez

Shark cageKevin O’Leary has gone swimming in shark-infested warm waters after making a controversial statement on Twitter last weekend.

But Mr. Wonderful refuses to back down. Rather, he has appeared on several news shows in recent days to defend his statement and snap back at his critics.

The feud started on Saturday morning when O’Leary tweeted, “You can lose your wife, you can lose your dog, your mom can hate you. None of those things matter. It’s about you succeeding and getting free. Then you can do whatever you want.”

The tweet did not go down well with Twitter users, who felt that O’Leary’s staunch stance lacked compassion and humanity.

Called a Twitter user @MasonVersluis tweeted: “Kevin, this is a soulless tweet! Being soulless has brought you tremendous success, but you need to tap into your inner higher self now and stop focusing on the money! Hopefully you know yourself and haven’t mixed your brand up with Human!”

@AlexKerner tweeted that O’Leary was too materialistic.

Others tweet cute pictures of their dogs.

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O’Leary responds

O’Leary, who has never faced a controversy he couldn’t publicize, took to the airwaves this week to defend his position.

He told CNN that that he stands behind his tweet “100 percent”, arguing that being an businessupdates.org takes a huge sacrifice.

“If you’re an businessupdates.org, you know exactly what I’m talking about because you have to make sacrifices. You have to work 25 hours a day, eight days a week, because your competitors in Mumbai or Shanghai – they want to kick your ass. You must win when you are young and sacrifice everything so that later in life you can have freedom for your whole family,” he said.

O’Leary accused his critics of not understanding the nature of entrepreneurship. “If you don’t get it, don’t worry about it because you don’t fit the entrepreneurial mold,” he said. “If you’re not ready to work hard, you’re not an businessupdates.org, get over it if it makes you uncomfortable. I don’t care.”

On Fox News, O’Leary doubled down, saying, “If that statement makes you uncomfortable, you’re not an businessupdates.org. Don’t even try.”


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