Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL) is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that runs on NBC.
Last week, NBC announced that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk—will host the May 8 episode of the show. This will be the eccentric tech billionaire’s first time hosting.
The news didn’t go well.
It has since prompted a mixed reaction from fans, and more importantly, several SNL cast members seem to react negatively to the news on social media.
Shortly after the announcement, cast member Aidy Bryant posted a tweet by U.S Senator Bernie Sanders critiquing the 50 richest Americans owning more wealth than some 165 million Americans.
According to Forbes, Musk is the second richest man in the world with an estimated fortune of $151 billion U.S—behind only Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
SNL regular Bowen Yang also posted some less flattering words on his Instagram.
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Nothing will probably result from this. Both Yang and Bryant’s social media posts have since been deleted.
Elon Must is no stranger to controversy. The guy thrives on it.
He has faced backlash over his comments about the Covid-19 pandemic. He has spoken out about national stay-at-home orders, comparing it in a tweet to “de facto house arrest.”
He downplayed the risk of the novel coronavirus and said he would not get the vaccine.
While we don’t condone his recalcitrant comments, we believe the fact that Musk is hosting SNL is a big win for cleantech.
This means the technology has gone mainstream and using this platform to reach many more Americans in their homes—is a good thing.