Daisy Barringer, a freelance writer and editor, said she hopes Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk dies in a Tesla fire after his appearance on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
Barringer wished for Musk’s demise after the businessman flashed the “O.K.” hand sign while hosting SNL. Barringer claimed that the hand sign is a symbol of white supremacists before locking her Twitter account after receiving blowback online (screenshots of her tweets can be viewed below.)
“Wait. Whaaaaaaaaa… did Elon Musk just … like… aggressively flash the white power sign during the Weekend Update? Please tell me I’m insane. Please. No really. Going to need you to tell me I’m insane,” Barringer tweeted.
“Listen, usually when I say I hope someone dies in a fire, I’m being hyperbolic. But, like, Tesla’s do burn for four hours straight, so like … I’m not gonna be mad about it,” she continued. “I kept watching because I really hoped one of the cast members was going to walk to the front of the stage at the closing and punch him out.”
“Definitely never thought Saturday Night Live would send me into a tornado of existential despair. But here we are. I almost don’t have words but I will say I hope his Tesla catches on fire and he dies. :)” Barringer said.
The freelancer doubled down on her claim that Musk was deliberately flashing a white supremacist hand sign on SNL.
“SUPER shocking that the white supremacists are searching Twitter to ‘correct’ people about the never-been-more-obvious Elon Musk white power sign. It’s like … I want to just roll my eyes, but that’s the last thing to do with Nazis,” Barringer said.
“Omg the people excusing Elon Musk saying it’s the ‘okay’ symbol. Wow wow wow. I guess they never learned about context,” she added. “Why would [he] be saying okay at all, much less forwards and backwards.”
Musk’s appearance on SNL was hyped in the week leading up to the show as commentators branded Musk as controversial. His performance guest-hosting SNL was later panned by left-wing reviewers. As The Daily Wire reported:
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.