While AP described Musk’s performance as a combination of humility and arrogance, Reuters ’49-year-old Tesla boss and founder of SpaceX came to promote his brand.
“Moderating Saturday Night Live is great, and I mean it. Sometimes when I say something, I have to add that I mean it,” said Musk, who is accused of speaking monotonously. He also said he was the first moderator of the show with Asperger’s Syndrome – or at least the first to give it a go.
According to the AP, this is probably the first time a successful entrepreneur has publicly said he suffers from this mild form of autism, which makes it difficult, among other things, to establish social contacts.
In one of the scenes, Musk played a fictional financial analyst. He also called the digital currency dogecoin and laughed, “Yes, it’s a hoax.” The currency fell 28 percent after the program was launched on the Binance crypto-currency exchange, writes Reuters.
In the live program, Musk spared no jokes on his own account, which Reuters also attributes to the show’s screenwriters, who tried to smooth over Musk’s eccentric appearance on television. “For anyone I’ve ever offended, I mean I came up with a new version of an electric car and I’re sending people to Mars in a space rocket. Did you think I’d be a normal, cool guy?” Musk.
The decision to cast the famous show in the role of guest presenter Muska was criticized. According to some SNLs, in a time of great financial inequality caused by the covid-19 pandemic, they are carrying an incredibly rich man and a man who downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus on Twitter.
Musk is probably the richest presenter ever to appear in a TV show. Forbes estimates his fortune at $ 151 billion (more than three trillion CZK). However, he is not the first rich businessman in the show’s 40-year history – in 1996 it was published by Steve Forbes and in 2004 and 2015 by former US President Donald Trump. Since taking office in 2016, the statesman has become the main target of political jokes and sketches.
Asperger’s syndrome is mainly characterized by difficulties in communication and social behavior. It is a lifelong disability. People with this disorder have difficulty forming appropriate relationships with other people and social interaction in general. Their communication skills are weak and, as a result, they avoid communicating with other people or behaving inappropriately.