The very thought of appearing on “Saturday Night Live” with billionaire visionary Elon Musk when he hosts the show May 8 has some the show’s cast so distraught that according to a source for The New York Post, the powers-that-be on the show are coddling them and reassuring them they won’t have to be seen with him.
The source told Page Six of the Post, “Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it. [“Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”
NBC announced on April 24 that Musk, 49, would co-host the show with Miley Cyrus, becoming the first nonactor or nonathlete to host the show since Donald Trump in 2015 and prompting Musk to tweet mockingly, “Let’s find out just how live ‘Saturday Night Live’ really is.”
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.”
SNL writer Andrew Dismukes posted on Instagram: “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri.”
SNL often doesn’t like getting too much out of its leftist comfort zone; after a January 2018 CNN poll found that 61% of those surveyed viewed former President George W. Bush favorably, despite the fact that the poll was heavily skewed with 33% of respondents Democrats and only 24% Republicans, Will Ferrell revived his impression of Bush as he gave his response to the poll results, saying, “That’s right. Donny Q. Trump came in, and suddenly I’m looking pretty sweet by comparison. At this rate, I might even end up on Mount Rushmore, right next to Washington, Lincoln and I want to say, uh, Kensington?”
Ferrell continued, “I just wanted to address my fellow Americans tonight and remind you guys that I was really bad — like, historically not good.”
It’s also possible that Musk’s delight in candidly attacking leftist icons may disturb the members because the show is live; as recently as late February, when asked for comment by The Washington Post about a profile in the Post that quoted various critics slamming him for being stretched too thin, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X, fired back at the Post and ostensibly its owner Jeff Bezos, snapping, “Give my regards to your puppet master.”
Only one month prior to that, responding to a story satirizing Big Tech censorship, Elon Musk, the world’s richest man and the CEO of Tesla and Space X, tweeted, “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”
Musk has evinced some conservative views for some time. In May 2020, he gave an indication of how fed-up he is with the leftist governance of what was then his home state of California, apparently urging followers on Twitter to join the conservatives of America as he tweeted succinctly, “Take the red pill.”
In July 2020, he tweeted an attack on the father of communism, Karl Marx, writing, “Das Kapital in a nutshell,” followed by a picture of Marx with the statement in quasi-German, “Gib me dat for free.”
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