Billionaire Elon Musk, who wants nothing more in life than to be a fan of his fans, was booed by the crowd in San Francisco on Sunday night after being invited on stage by comedian Dave Chappelle. Even if you don’t particularly like Musk, the visuals are pretty gross.
“Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for the richest man in the world,” Chappelle said near the end of his set at the Chase Center.
According to footage, the crowd erupted into a mix of cheers and boos before it was clearly won. Twitter. As Musk walked around the stage, microphone in hand, the chants grew louder. Not sure what to make of such a negative reaction, Musk began to waver.
“Cheers and cheers, I see. Elon…” Chappelle said.
“Hey Dave,” Musk replied, prompting another wave of excitement from the crowd.
“It looks like some of the people you’re shooting at are in the audience,” Chappelle joked.
“All these booing people, and I’m just pointing out the obvious, you’ve got terrible places,” Chappelle said, apparently trying to defend Musk’s dignity by calling booing people poor.
Phones were not allowed inside the stadium for the show, but at least one person snuck their phone in and filmed the strange exchange, sharing it on Twitter.
Chappelle tried to save the match second video “His whole business model is to screw the Earth, I’m leaving anyway,” he joked on Twitter.
“What kind of cat got up there?” We’re going to do it,” Chappelle said, according to the video.
After Chappelle’s jokes about “fruit bars” in space, the crowd was duly engaged and Musk began speaking again.
“Thanks for putting me on stage,” Musk said awkwardly to more rants.
“The first comedy club on Mars…” Chappelle said, as Musk awkwardly paused to say “yes.”
As the laughs at Chappelle’s jokes would be drowned out by gasps when Musk tried to speak, the comedian said people could do whatever they wanted because Musk gave him a jetpack last Christmas.
But every time Musk started to speak, the crowd started roaring again, much to Musk’s frustration.
“Dave, what should I say?” Musk said in obvious desperation, embarrassed by his humming voice.
“Don’t say anything. It’s just going to spoil the moment,” Chappelle said. “Do you hear that sound, Elon? It’s the sound of impending civil unrest. I can’t wait to see what store you’re going to destroy, mom. Shut up.”
The mood in the stadium definitely changed when Chappelle became hostile in Musk’s defense.
“I wish everyone in this audience the joy of peace and freedom,” Chappelle said, adding that he was clearly exhausted that bringing Musk on stage was such a failure. “And your pursuit of happiness. Amen.”
At this point, Chappelle decided to throw in the towel, thanking the crowd and saying good night. third video Chris Rock is shown joining the stage with several others.
One of the men on stage is asked by Chappelle to shout “I’m rich, baby” from the 2000s sketch show into the microphone. The man politely complies, then says “wait, wait” as he hands the microphone to Mask, clearly wanting him to say the same. Musk does in the most awkward tone imaginable. The crowd starts to riot again, only to be drowned out by someone blowing some sort of horn in the stadium’s sound department.
It’s hard to tell from the videos exactly what percentage of the crowd was booing during the terrifying episode, but some on social media estimated it was the vast majority of people in the 18,000-capacity stadium.
“Was on the Dave Chapelle show in SF tonight and who else is coming but Elon Musk! 80% of the stadium is in good condition. 18 thousand people. and dries up. Kimi turns completely corny. ‘What can I say??’ He says that Dave is trying to save the situation, but to no avail,” Sudowrite founder James Yu said on Twitter.
“Obv then it’s easy to play the chair, but at least say something. ‘Thank you. Pay me $8 now and dropping the mic would get a laugh. He mumbled something about being in a simulation, but he felt completely at home for the crowd,” Yu explained.
Musk, who used to have considerable bipartisan appeal in the US, has positioned himself as a right-winger in his short time on Twitter. In late October, when he almost immediately provoked brutal layoffs, Musk, along with a number of investors, bought Twitter for $44 billion.
Musk has been trying to sue some of the worst people on the internet lately, tweeting over the weekend that his “replacements” are “Prosecute/Fauci.” The tweet appears to refer to both a “joke” about trans people and the far-right belief that the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, is responsible for the global covid-19 pandemic.
Obviously, San Francisco is known as a liberal city, and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to the Bay Area crowd that it cheated on the world’s richest man. But it’s not like antifa supersoldiers or any other crowd. Those in attendance were there to see Dave Chapelle, a self-proclaimed anti-trance bigot. According to local media, Chris Rock also starred.
Perhaps the crowd was made up of the thousands of people Musk fired from Twitter, as Chappelle joked. Given the answer, it certainly seems like a very real possibility. But honestly, Musk has been such an ass lately for so many different reasons, it’s hard to narrow it down. Musk is also channeling his animosity toward former employees, some of whom chose to stay with the company after Musk’s initial purge. Joel RothFormer Head of Trust and Safety at Twitter.
Musk made the completely baseless suggestion that Roth was in favor of the sexualization of children, an obvious ploy to invent his own QAnon mythology in which the billionaire is personally on a quest to end the exploitation of children around the world. In fact, Musk destroyed the team that monitored child abuse material on Twitter Wired England.
Musk may not face any real consequences in his life, such as when he gets rid of baseless challenges someone is a pedophile— given his enormous wealth, but all the money in the world can’t buy you true adoration from the crowd. Maybe Musk should stay in his safe place on Twitter. After all, he paid $44 billion for it. And it gets a lot of love from queer nerds who want nothing more than to be close to their fortune, even if it’s digital. Unfortunately for Musk, it’s not at the Chase Center in San Francisco block button.