The Tesla CEO and founder of SpaceX opened his monologue by poking fun at his monotonous speaking style, saying that no one can tell when he’s joking. “It’s great to welcome Saturday Night Live and I really mean it, ”said Musk standing on the stage in a black suit with a black T-shirt. Sometimes after saying something, I have to say I mean it. ”
Musk also joked on his Twitter account, which has more than 50 million subscribers, and the tweets that led some critics to oppose his invitation to host the show. “Look, I know I say or post weird things sometimes, but that’s how my brain works,” he says.
Then he added a brag that made his biggest laugh of the night, and a break in applause. “To anyone who has been offended, I just want to say that I reinvented electric cars and send people to Mars in a rocket,” Musk said. “Did you think I was going to be a normal cold guy too?” “
Musk, one of the richest people in the world, told the audience he was “the first person with Asperger’s to welcome SNL. At least the first to admit it. ”
Musk did not appear in the hot, unconventional Cold Open series, in which the cast members and their moms made brief moments for Mother’s Day as musical guest Miley Cyrus sang the inspiration for his godmother Dolly Parton. Light of a clear blue morning.
But Musk brought his own mother, model Maye Musk, on stage during his monologue to talk about who he was when he was 12.
“And I’m thrilled for my Mother’s Day gift. I just hope it’s not dogecoin, ”she said, referring to the cryptocurrency Musk touted on his Twitter account.
“It’s true,” he replied.
The casting choice drew criticism from those who felt the series was celebrating a man for his exorbitant wealth in a time of great inequality and a man who spread misinformation on his huge Twitter while downplaying the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis.
Musk’s appearance drew comparisons to the show’s controversial 2015 decision to invite Donald Trump to host as he prepared for his presidential run.
Although it is rare for a business executive to welcome SNLMusk, 49, born in South Africa, is no stranger to pop culture or comedy. He appeared on The simpsons, Rick and morty, and South Park, and his character helped inspire Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the superhero Iron Man in a Marvel film series.