By on April 29, 2021

Elon Musk

Billionaire Elon Musk will host “Saturday Night Live” on May 8th, the comedy series announced last week. Known for his controversial, biting remarks, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO apparently did not win over any fans among the cast. Cast members were not happy with Musk’s invitation. Social media comments indicated their displeasure.

Elon Musk

The self-proclaimed techno king of Tesla, and imperator of Mars, Musk sets Twitter on fire. He clearly enjoyed his role as the Dogefather, a form of digital currency he supports in an SNL skit. Musk tweeted, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live is,” after the announcement he would be hosting SNL was made.

Tweeting this morning, Musk said, “Other companies spend money on advertising and manipulating public opinion. Tesla focuses on the product. I trust the people.”

Musk said, “We need to have a big permanently occupied base on the moon, and then we’ll build a city on Mars and become a spacefaring civilization. We don’t want to be one of those single planet species, we want to be a multi-planetary species.”

It deflects criticism when two people died in a Tesla although it was unknown if Autopilot was engaged. As noted, 30,000 gallons of water could not put out the battery fire.

Musk countered on April 17th through Tesla Owners Online and his  Twitter account by posting Tesla’s Q1 2021 accident data. It said, ‘In the 1st quarter, we registered one accident for every 4.19 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.05 million miles driven. For those driving with Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 978,000 miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 484,000 miles.’

The debate rages on. Is Musk a genius, or is this simply the emperor’s new clothes?

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50 Comments on “Elon Musk Takes Center Stage on Saturday Night Live...”


  • avatar
    slavuta

    CNN: Elon Musk doesn’t deserve to host ‘SNL’

    Twitter: Elon Musk to Host SNL, Twitter Calls it ‘Worst Thing’ Since Donald Trump’s Appearance

    “Elon Musk will host ‘SNL’ and the backlash from cast members is not funny”

    Cancel, Cancel, Cancel…

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Let’s face it, without Trump to play against, and a tepid Biden to protect, the whole late night tribe is pretty irrelevant these days. So grabbing a lightning rod like Musk makes sense.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      “Cancel, Cancel, Cancel…”

      People deny it exists, but it’s accelerating rapidly. Mind blowing what is happening in the so called information age.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Its not “cancel culture”, its capitalism. I vote with my dollars for the things I want and tend to use companies that mirror my personal feelings. Would I not shop at a store where I know the owner voted for Trump? No, he has every right to vote as he sees fit. Would I buy goods or services from a company that uses their financial might to pollute the airwaves with lies and misinformation like the pillow guy? Nope! Not a chance. As consumers, we drive 70% of the economy in America. We have every right to spend with whatever company we see fit.

  • avatar
    jmo2

    And yet Tesla’s record sales and profits go suspiciously unmentioned here at TTAC.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Can’t argue about the profits, but it’s all from selling emission credits and trading bitcoin. Selling cars and solar roofs (at a loss) appears to be a sideline at Tesla nowadays.

      • 0 avatar
        jmo

        Sorry to burst your bubble but they are now profitable even without the credits.

        Q1 Credit Sales $518 million
        Q1 Pre-tax income $533 million

        If you’re goal is to build market share you’d price your vehicles to end up exactly at the point, right?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Open-minded progressives” = oxymoron.

    Jason, you spent more words opining about another Tesla crash than the fact of Mr Musk’s SNL visit.

    Therefore, I’ll do the same: A crash with or without Autopilot operating is immaterial since Autopilot is a Level 2 system that does not have to work. Every Tesla crash is – by definition – driver error. Safety interlocks – especially if they are overridden – are immaterial when the driver is *always* supposed to be in control of the vehicle.

    “Deflection” is the volumes of words written about whether Tesla developed a terrible system in their callous disregard for human life. It doesn’t matter if Autopilot is poor, but dramatic crashes make good press.

    As for SNL – who cares, but it’s fun to watch liberals fight among themselves.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      to add to that, he repeats the 30,000 gallons myth that the fire chief disputes.

      • 0 avatar
        indi500fan

        “By the time even the smallest embers were finally out, many hours after the crash, somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 gallons were used, Buck said. This was only possible because the incident happened in a residential area with a hydrant nearby. Had the crash happened on a highway, his department’s trucks, which carry between 500 and 1000 gallons, would not have been able to keep on lightly soaking the car for that much time.”

        “Buck” in the story is Fire Chief Palmer Buck of Woodlands Township, Texas.

        • 0 avatar

          No myth. I’m advised by a credible fire member that they are instructed to wet the surroundings…you don’t put water on the battery itself, you just make sure when it explodes the bits hit a wet surface. They are soaking the area around the crash, not putting the battery out.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @speedlaw: You’re right. What I meant by the myth is when they imply that it took 30,000 gallons and 4 hours or whatever to put the battery fire itself out. That’s what’s referred to in the Houston Chronicle article that printed the chief’s response I was referring to.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          “Buck” in the story is Fire Chief Palmer Buck of Woodlands Township, Texas.”

          Yeah, as in (from the Houston chronicle)

          “Buck also said contrary to some reports in the media, the Tesla involved in the April 17 fire did not burn out of control for four hours.

          He also said no one from the township’s fire department called Tesla asking for help with the blaze, noting that he is not aware of the company having such a service.

          “With respect to the fire fight, unfortunately, those rumors grew out way of control. It did not take us four hours to put out the blaze. Our guys got there and put down the fire within two to three minutes, enough to see the vehicle had occupants,” Buck said of inaccurate claims the vehicle burned for hours. “After that, it was simply cooling the car as the batteries continued to have a chain reaction due to damage.”

          https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/woodlands/article/Woodlands-fire-chief-says-Tesla-fire-example-of-16113029.php

  • avatar
    tylanner

    Unusual yes, but it opens the door to some biting commentary on the state of the auto industry and the aforementioned “Auto-pilot”.

    John D. Farley is sure to tune in….

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Not up on the current cast, but generally speaking SNL has consistently sucked hard for at least a decade so their opinions are irrelevant. I’d also add it was kind of them to remind us they are 12, since that is who cares about “social media”.

    Since Lord Musk wields more overall influence than nearly anyone else at the moment, an apt twit for the adolescents to the effect of: “why is SNL still on the air?” would be very entertaining.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      I’ve found SNL to be pretty funny lately.

      However, if you don’t think mocking Donald Trump is funny, I can see how a lot of the jokes might not have worked for you. Trump and his fans have thin skins, despite their bluster. [shrug]

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Mocking the top politicians and candidates has been an SNL thing for at least my lifetime, but if Trump’s the meat of the bone 2016 to now it only further demonstrates how far the show has fallen.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Yep. It has always been part of the show, but not the whole show. Can you name another recurring skit? I can still think of ones from the 80’s and 90’s (Chris Farley as Matt Foley, The Church Lady, Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood to name a few.)

          I do watch still, though not every week. I can’t. They don’t do anything else of note outside of the politics and the music.

          The ratings are up and down post election. We’ll see if the show can prosper post Trump.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Art

            “I do watch still, though not every week. I can’t. They don’t do anything else of note outside of the politics and the music.”

            Time for cancellation then.

            @Snooder

            “Let’s be honest though, Trump was so very roastable.”

            “I will say, its been rather nice the past few months (post Jan 6) not really having Trump in the news any more.”

            I agree on both points, though the hollow adoration of the hair sniffer with Alzheimer’s got old real fast.

          • 0 avatar

            “hair sniffer”

            What that means? I tried to google “hair sniffer” but all I got is the picture of Pinocchio with two witches sitting behind him.

        • 0 avatar
          Snooder

          Let’s be honest though, Trump was so very roastable.

          Not just in the actual hilarity and ridiculousness of his hijinks, but in consistency and regularity with which he delivered them.

          Expecting SNL not to dine on that buffet of joke fodder is like spraying cash at a titty bar and expecting the dancers not to pick it up.

          I will say, its been rather nice the past few months (post Jan 6) not really having Trump in the news any more. He’s out of public eye and you notice no longer the consistent subject of ridicule.

          His more deranged supporters on the other hand…

      • 0 avatar

        Amazing how snow-flake they are. I was banned from r/TheDonald and Twitter for really low level snark.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Luke42

        is it funny, you ate to much honey?

        https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/nuclear-fallout-showing-us-honey-decades-after-bomb-tests

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Oh, come on. Why are we even discussing this? Obviously both our First-World Problems Department and our Get a Life Department have been hard at work lately. I would have thought Musk would be a darling of the SNL cast. He could turn out to be very funny. It’s not like all of SNL’s guest hosts have hit home runs. Finally, SNL is supposed to be a comedy show. Everyone should lighten the hell up.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Will the musical guest be Grimes?

    I find this interesting. What other CEOs have hosted it? And does it mean he’ll be in the sketches making fun of himself?
    I also wonder if he’s actually funny. Somehow I suspect not in a way I would understand.

    And just to get this out there, I find Grimes to be a hopelessly adorable weirdo and I kinda dig some of her music.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    So most of the beef seems to be that Musk is “too rich” (one of the cast members posted a Bernie Sanders quote to that effect about it). This is pretty rich given what the average host and the cast make compared to the average American. Besides, Musk is at least producing (Rockets that land standing up, Lunar Lander contracts and changing the car industry). What is the cast of SNL giving us? There are a million and one other places to get left leaning political commentary. Maybe people find it funny, but nobody thinks this cast is SNL’s golden era either.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Since Nancy Pelosi’s net worth of $100 million+ is plebe territory, it makes sense that Elon Musk is considered ‘too rich’.

      Mr Musk’s subscription to global warming should make him a leftist darling, but I guess you’re not allowed to make money while saving the world from itself.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      Bingo. No matter how much he’s hated, he’s accomplishing something.

      • 0 avatar
        tonycd

        Yeah, he’s accomplishing the saturation of the earth’s atmosphere with low-level satellites. https://spacenews.com/fcc-approves-starlink-license-modification/

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Of course those woke twits are not happy. This should definitely create some interesting chemistry! It may perhaps help this generally unfunny show.

  • avatar
    chris724

    “Comedy series”? I don’t think so.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      This is American tragedy

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Then watch German dungeon porn, “Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey,” Alex Jones, videos about the mating habits of water buffalos, or whatever else gets you off. Plenty of choices out there for a discriminating fellow like you.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          “for a discriminating fellow like you”

          You have to be discriminating. Without discrimination it is total terror. In army, you shoot the bad guy and don’t shoot the hostage. This is discriminating. Or here we talk about cars, I am discriminating – no Chinese or Mexican made cars for me.

  • avatar
    mor2bz

    this will bomb worse than the latest lithium disaster.

  • avatar

    I hope at least one skit has to do with a car taking people for a ride….

  • avatar

    Elon Musk created Tesla and Space X among other things like Paypal and soon will land (wo)men on the moon. And all “Saturday Night Live”‘s cast accomplished so far is a steaming pile of crap.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Bad orange dude also built some buildings while Cinton-led mafia was destroying Belgrade Yugo factory

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Funny, Inside Looking Out didn’t even mention Trump. I guess that was one of the voices in your head talking.

        Ah, well…you left out some tiny little details, such as “NATO was bombing Yugoslavia because inconsequential little things like ethnic cleansing and genocide were going on there”.

        But you just go ahead and blame Clinton. Lord knows Mr. “I fought side by side with the Taliban” isn’t all that concerned with stuff like war crimes.

        And now feel free to call me a Stalinist, Marxist, or whatever “ist” you want…and I could literally give a f**k less.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Did you eat a lot of honey in your life?

          How easily you get brainwashed. I understand. I remember, right before war in Afghanistan, CNN kept pumping anti-Taliban agenda to prepare public opinion. And you were prepared well, I see.

          In Yugoslavia, everyone was killing each other. All ethnic groups did bad things. NATO did not have UN resolution and no NATO country was attacked. Therefore this war, just like Iraq#2 was illegal. US (NATO without US means NOTHING) did old “divide and conquer” thing. Now look at what is going on in that Kosovo. Thanks to US it is now ISIS supply chain. Before Serbs kept these guys in check. Arrested terrorists.
          Right now there is a very similar story is playing in US – “poor Chinese Uyghurs”. I have people who crosses border to China from Kazakhstan. What is going on is crazy. Uyghur ISIS terrorists attacking police, blowing things. This is why China has legit reasons to jail many of them.
          And Billy C….. I mean, if he was getting pumped in the oval office – its ok. But he seem to be more than that, he was Epsteining a lot. Yea, where is Epstein?

  • avatar

    Do you think Musk really cares what the C+ comic talent on SNL thinks?

    • 0 avatar
      tonycd

      akear, evidently Musk really does care what the C+ comic talent on SNL thinks, or he wouldn’t be so eager to join it. Looks to me like what you’re underestimating is the egomaniacal Musk’s hunger for attention. There’s a thing called Twitter. Take a look at it and you’ll see what kind of psychopathic personality you’re pumping up here.

  • avatar
    dantes_inferno

    Anyone who triggers the SNL crowd is OK in my book, despite creating a legion of Tesla cultists.

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