Elon Musk, the world's second richest man and the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is a pop culture phenomenon. Hence why he was asked to host Saturday Night Live, the late night NBC institution, that for the first time was live-streamed internationally on YouTube in more than 100 countries. Here, everything you need to know…
When Musk revealed in his opening gambit that he is the first host with Asperger's (“or at least the first to admit it”), he immediately made headlines. He shared his vision for the future (he believes in renewable energy and a multi-planetary space civilisation). He joked about how he's considered 'the weed guy' because he smoked it on Joe Rogan's show, going on to compare himself to O.J. Simpson: "It happened once. It's like reducing O.J. Simpson to a murderer. It was one time". He also acknowledged his controversial Twitter account: “To anyone I've offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship," Musk confessed. "Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?"
The show streamed live over Mother’s Day weekend in the US, so Musk asked his Mum, Maye, a 73-year-old TikTok star and CoverGirl's oldest brand ambassador, who has also walked the catwalk for Moschino and Dolce&Gabbana, to participate, announcing that she’d be getting some Dogecoins, the most hyped cryptocurrency of the moment, as compensation for the occasion. Highlighting Elon's entrepreneurial spirit from an early age, Maye said that as a 12-year-old child, her son created a game called Blas Star about a spaceship that battles aliens, and later sold it for 500 dollars. Beats the paper round, eh?
Elon donned his acting cap, appearing as a cowboy, a Dogecoin hypebeast, a creepy priest in a detective series, a doctor in a Gen Z soap opera, an Icelandic TV producer, and even as himself in the near future when SpaceX finally reaches Mars. But our favourite was Musk as Wario, a fictional villain from Nintendo's Mario series, also known as the Evil Mario, for which he was joined by his girlfriend Grimes, with whom he shares a two-year-old child called X Æ A-12, who made a cameo appearance as Princess Peach.
After tweeting that he'd be hosting SNL in April, Elon sent the Twittersphere into a tailspin. See for yourself.
After the show, as the prices for dogecoins dipped by a staggering 23% (only to rise again the day after, when Musk announced that his Doge-1 mission to the moon will be paid for using the currency), the reactions continued.
Miley Cyrus returned to SNL as a special musical guest (it was her sixth time on the show). She performed three songs. First, a cover of Dolly Parton's 'Light Of A Clear Blue Morning' for “all the moms out there”, then a remix of 'Without You' in a duet with The Kid LAROI. Finally, Cyrus closed out the night singing the title track from her new album Plastic Hearts.
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