Multi-billionaire Elon Musk was recently announced as the host of the May 8 episode of Saturday Night Live, with Miley Cyrus as the musical guest.
Immediately, critics across the internet began lambasting the host, especially after Musk tweeted:
"Let's find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is."
Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is 😈— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1619320846.0
@WSBChairman @elonmusk Covid denier billionaire tools rank high with men still rocking the “bingo card” Twitter response.— Greg Vernon (@Greg Vernon) 1619330855.0
The announcement tweet from SNL drew backlash as well.
@nbcsnl @elonmusk @MileyCyrus Mr. Lorne Michaels sir.... https://t.co/hixQftk6rj— Ezra (@Ezra) 1619294476.0
@nbcsnl idk how much communication you have with lorne or the higher ups, but someone needs to tell them that absol… https://t.co/yAiGTikxDw— Your Tall Friend Jord (@Your Tall Friend Jord) 1619291465.0
@nbcsnl @MileyCyrus @elonmusk I can't believe they put one of my favorite people with one of my absolute least favo… https://t.co/64FqRN8qxO— Georgia👑 (@Georgia👑) 1619314816.0
@nbcsnl @elonmusk @MileyCyrus This Elon Musk? https://t.co/rHlyBrr8Va— Alamo_On_The_Rise 😷🇺🇲 (@Alamo_On_The_Rise 😷🇺🇲) 1619294897.0
@nbcsnl @elonmusk @MileyCyrus The only thing that would make this acceptable is if you imprison Elon on live TV and… https://t.co/eNm7ujXs1L— nate (@nate) 1619291325.0
One user's speculation "even the cast hates him" may not be so far off, either.
Cast members Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant explicitly shared on their Instagram Stories anti-Elon Musk sentiments, including Yang screenshotting Musk's tweet with the caption:
"What the f**k does this even mean?"
Elon Musk hosting SNL is huge for guys still making "that's what she said" jokes who think they'd be great at hosting SNL.— Josh Gondelman (@Josh Gondelman) 1619292698.0
Inspiring: Elon Musk is the first SNL host to directly profit from the apartheid— Skyler Higley (@Skyler Higley) 1619309948.0
I remember when Elon Musk threatened workers if they unionized. I also remember when I found out he was exploiting… https://t.co/J7OwII0GEq— Kolleen (@Kolleen) 1619307611.0
A new meme, using the format SNL used to announce Musk and Cyrus' episode, started showing up online to mock the choice.
Cast members have expressed displeasure at hosts before, such as several coming forward to publicly say how much they hated working with Donald Trump, Andrew Dice Clay and Steven Seagal.
Lorne Michaels may choose anybody to pull in ratings, but nobody really has to like his choices—including his own staff.