This weekend, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, hosted “Saturday Night Live.” When it was announced in April that the billionaire would host the famous comedy series, several cast members and writers responded negatively.
“The news of Musk hosting apparently triggered the cast; Bowen Yang blurted, ‘What the f *** does this even mean,’ in an Instagram Story post. Aidy Bryant reacted by reposting a tweet by Sen. Bernie Sanders that called it a ‘moral obscenity’ that ‘the 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people,’” reported The Daily Wire, adding that “SNL writer Andrew Dismukes posted on Instagram: ‘Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri.’”
The criticism continued following his performance, with the Daily Beast publishing a piece titled, “Elon Musk’s Deceptive and Deeply Awkward SNL Monologue.”
The piece slammed Musk as a “union-busting billionaire who’s repeatedly spread COVID and vaccine misinformation,” and noted that some “mocked Musk for sharing some incredibly lame ‘skit ideas for SNL.’”
Despite Musk’s strong performance compared to the professional comedians who make up the “SNL” cast, the Daily Beast couldn’t bring themselves to praise the billionaire.
“He stumbled nervously — albeit somewhat endearingly — through the rest of his scripted speech, sharing his ‘vision for the future’ (‘renewable energy’ and how ‘humanity must be a multiplanetary, space-bearing civilization’), and poking fun at his habit of making 4/20 and 69 jokes on Twitter,” the Daily Beast wrote.
Given that the entire show is scripted — with cast members obviously reading their lines during skits — the inclusion of “scripted” seems like a redundant insult.
The Wrap also condemned Musk’s performance.
“There were any number of reasons to be angry about ‘SNL’ tapping Elon Musk to host, including plenty of solid ethical and moral ones. Like the time he mocked people’s gender pronouns. Or that time he publicly threatened labor organizers at Tesla. Or any of the other many reasons,” the outlet reported.
“But on top of those things, there was another big reason that you might think would be important to the powers that be at ‘SNL,’” their review continued. “Elon Musk isn’t funny or entertaining in the least.”
Later, The Wrap described Musk as “a black hole of fun, without a shred of charisma, and he delivered a performance that’s on the level of what you’d expect to see in a middle school play.”
“This episode, though, felt like a bad episode with a bad host. Aside from that amusing digital short, there wasn’t a lot of good material here. A good host could have salvaged it,” The Wrap added. “Elon Musk rushed through every single line so that it was hard to even understand what he was saying half the time, slipping from one accent to another seemingly without realizing he was doing it, and generally just being dramatically out of his league among the ‘SNL’ cast members.”
Given that Elon Musk’s monologue has almost 2 million views on YouTube just hours after the show aired, the show’s latest audience may disagree.