Tesla CEO Elon Musk will host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and creator Lorne Michaels is no doubt thrilled about the outrage this move has already managed to stir. Plenty of people on social media…
This was strange because Musk is known for a lot of things—making cars that explode, making rockets that explode, pressuring his employees to work during a pandemic, pretending to invent the subway, attacking heroes after they saved a bunch of children—but comedy has never been one of them.
It appears that a good number of the show’s cast members are just as unpleasantly surprised by this announcement as the rest of us.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) May 6, 2021
Shortly after the announcement was made, this season’s cast MVP Bowen Yang posted a single worried face emoji to his Instagram stories. Aidy Bryant went with a more subtle but still very obvious subtweet, reposting a tweet from Bernie Sanders about how extreme wealth inequality is a “moral obscenity.”
In addition to the “moral obscenity” of inviting a powerful billionaire on to host the show (as if that wouldn’t be reason enough on its own), Musk has a long-established history of doing things that should 100% not be celebrated by NBC.
When a former Black employee called out Tesla for being a “hotbed for racist behavior,” including workers and even supervisors using frequent racist language and slurs, Musk’s response in an email to those employees was that they should “be thick-skinned and accept that apology.” That Black employee was also reportedly fired for “not having a positive attitude.”
Musk also served as an advisor to the Trump administration, sticking by (and even defending) Trump through his Muslim ban and anti-LGBTQIA orders, only stepping down when Trump decided to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement.