‘SNL’ Cast Members Are Not Happy To Be Handing The Keys Over To Elon Musk On May 8

Getty Image Composite

If I’ve learned one thing working on this internet hellscape, it’s to never assume something is going to be accepted by everyone. Even puppy videos on YouTube have downvotes. COVID vaccinations have become fertile grounds for online arguments that devolve into personal attacks.  We couldn’t even decide on the color of that damn dress.

But I couldn’t help but be surprised at this Elon Musk SNL controversy. The sketch show announced this week that the TESLA founder and CEO will host SNL on May 8th, becoming the first non actor/athlete to host the show since Trump did in 2015.

SNL’s choice to validate Musk chapped many digital asses because the word “billionaire” is akin to “axe murderer” at this point in the culture.

[RELATED: If You’re Mad Elon Musk Is Hosting SNL, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention]

A loud online minority is to be expected, but several SNL cast members have publicly piled on.

In an Instagram story, cast member Bowen Yang wrote “what the f— does this even mean?” as a caption to Musk’s tweet from over the weekend which read, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is.”

Aidy Bryant took a more political approach, sharing a tweet from Bernie Sanders about wealth inequality in America. At the time of this writing, Elon Musk is worth an estimated $179.4 billion, see-sawing back and forth with Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest human.

Cast member Andrew Dismuke also took to Instagram to share his disappointment. He wrote:

“Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri” over a photo of former “SNL” castmember Cheri Oteri.

Sometimes I think we need to stop and reflect on how privileged we are as Americans to have the bandwidth to be upset about this.

Matt Keohan Avatar
Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.