‘Outcry’ after SNL announces Elon Musk will host
Billionaire to host 8 May with musical guest Miley Cyrus as some say ‘they’ve learned nothing’ and ‘seems like a left-field choice’
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The Tesla and SpaceX billionaire will host on 8 May, with Miley Cyrus as musical guest for a sixth time.
Reporting the news, Deadline.com said Musk “seems like a left-field choice for a sketch comedy show [but] has shown a quick wit in his online dealings with fans, foes and the like, so may have a few more surprises in store”.
Criticism spread quickly online.
“I am really beyond disappointed in SNL,” wrote Jenelle Riley, a writer and editor for Variety. “They’ve learned nothing. A host should have some discernible talent other than … being rich? Or at least not be someone who lies about a takeover, spreads misinformation about a pandemic, and is known for abusing employees.”
SNL rarely strays from its usual practice of fielding actors with films to promote. When it does, trouble often follows.
In November 2015, two months before the start of the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump delivered the monologue in a show staged amid widespread protests over his belligerent and racist campaign rhetoric.