In a bizarre move, Elon Musk took the stage with Dave Chappelle at a comedy gig in San Francisco this weekend, to boos and little repartee.
Chappelle, himself no stranger to controversy, welcomed Musk onto the stage at the end of his three-hour performance Sunday night and encouraged thousands of people at Chase Center Stadium to “make some noise for the richest man in the world.”
Elon strode on, raising his hands in the air, and the crowd did as she was told, but it wasn’t the noise Musk or Chappelle might have been comfortable with.
Instead, the booing was rampant. If there was any cheering, it was hard to tell.
“You didn’t expect that, did you?” asked Musk Chappelle.
“It sounds like some of the people you fired are in the audience,” replied Chappelle, who joked that it seemed like most of the boos were coming from the cheap seats.
Despite the ban on cell phones in the stadium, videos of Musk’s embarrassing cameo appearance quickly surfaced online, in which the crowd’s reaction can be heard quite clearly. They weren’t happy, although the SpaceX and Tesla tycoon insists the majority of the crowd was on his side, of course.
Technically, it was 90 percent cheers & 10 percent boos (except during quiet periods), but, still, that's a lot of boos, which is a first for me in real life (frequent on Twitter).It's almost as if I've offended SF's unhinged leftists … but nahhh.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 12, 2022
Musk claimed this morning that “it was 90% cheers and 10% boos (except during quiet times), but that’s still a lot of boos, which is a first for me in real life (frequently on Twitter).” Ob Musk’s estimate correct, you can judge for yourself using the following video.
“That n****r ain’t even trying to die on Earth,” Chapelle said as the boos continued. “His whole business model is ‘Fuck Earth, I’m leaving anyway.'”
“What can I say,” asked a visibly uncomfortable Elon.
“Don’t say anything. It will only spoil the moment for you,” Chappelle replied.
Twitter’s youngest owner and CEO has been the subject of mounting controversy since buying the social media platform in October and spent last weekend dialing down the inflammatory statements.
Musk described Twitter as “worm tongue to the world,” referring to the Lord of the Rings character known for poisoning the mind of the King of Rohan, and posted a photo of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s face superimposed over the character, with President Joe Biden replacing the king. Musk also tweeted that “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” escalating his conflict with the US government over lockdowns, which Musk has long argued are hurting his businesses.
Whether the crowd’s reaction was due to Twitter firings in the California city or beyond, or his antics over the weekend, is unclear. Maybe he’s just not as popular as he thinks he is.
Anyway, Sunday’s awkward encounter will likely give Elon just one more reason to pack up and leave San Francisco and take Twitter with him. Whether this move will help or hurt remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Musk’s public behavior is doing his only public company, Tesla, a disservice.
Tesla stock started the year just a few cents under $400 a share; At the time of writing, they are worth less than $167. So far this year. That will make many investors and quite a few employees quite unhappy.
Usually wordy when hiding behind the written word, Elon was forced to face a reality that doesn’t love his demeanor as much as he is when he’s on stage with Chappelle. His silence at that moment was rare and begs the question if he would learn anything from it.
“Don’t say anything. Do you hear that sound Elon? That’s the sound of impending civil unrest,” Chappelle told Musk.
“The wake-mind virus is either defeated or nothing else matters,” Musk said tweeted on Monday morning, followed by: “The branch covidians are upset lol.” There is our answer. ®
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