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Watch Elon Musk Get Savagely Booed During Dave Chappelle's Comedy Show

Watch Elon Musk Get Savagely Booed During Dave Chappelle's Comedy Show


The “richest man in the world” couldn’t get a word in edgewise

If your goal in life is to be liked by everybody, and you're the richest man in the world, it might help if you don't display tyrannical behavior as soon as you take over one of the world's leading social media sites.

On the other hand, if you're Elon Musk, you'll do just that.

Since taking over Twitter at the end of October, Musk has made many poor decisions. From reactivating accounts that should have stayed silent to firing more than half of the employees to allowing a rise in hate speech, Musk has been anything but openly welcomed onto the platform.

Although Musk may be used to receiving some hate and backlash online, where he can hide behind his computer screen, nothing could prepare him for his experience on Sunday night when comedian Dave Chappelle invited Musk to join him onstage during a recent show in San Francisco.

"Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for the richest man in the world," said Chappelle as Musk walked onstage to a mixture of cheers and boos.

While Musk, who has officially lost the title of richest person in the world, claims in a since-deleted tweet that "technically, it was 90 percent cheers & 10 percent boos," he also admitted the experience was a first for experiencing backlash in person.

Musk and Chappelle pose a strange team in the first place, with the only real commonality between the two being their shared antipathy toward transgender people. After making transphobic comments on a Netflix special at the end of 2021, Chappelle faced much of the same type of vocal backlash from advocates and supporters of the LGBTQ+ communities.

To make matters worse, Netflix doubled down and defended the comedian's show, stating it was "too popular" to cancel.

Making light of Musk's massive Twitter layoffs, Chappelle quipped: "Cheers and boos, I see. Elon, it sounds like some of the people you fired are here in the audience." Addressing the audience, he added, "All these people who are booing, and I'm just pointing out the obvious, you have terrible seats."

After the audience started booing every time Musk tried to get a word in, Chappelle had to resort to making jokes about pussy and titties to win them back over, although they carried on booing the disgraced billionaire offstage as he departed.

Chappelle closed out the experience saying, "I wish everyone in this auditorium peace and the joy of feeling free. And your pursuit of happiness. Amen."

Perhaps treating people how you'd like to be treated shouldn't be a forgotten practice, after all.

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