On Sunday, the CEO of Tesla Elon Musk tweeted, Pakistan’s viral cricket meme to mock the US government’s policy on weed. The said viral cricket meme of Pakistan features the famous Pakistani cricket fan, Sarim Akhtar, whose disappointed look during Pakistan vs Australia ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match had gone viral after Asif Ali dropped a catch. Later on, Sarim’s picture had become fodder for meme-makers. The tweet with the viral cricket meme of Pakistan portrayed a look of disappointment on the faces of weed users in the US when they are thrown behind bars.
Maybe Free Some People in Jail for Weed Here Too, Claims Elon Musk
“People in the US in jail for weed while the government trades a Russian war criminal to free a women’s basketball player in jail for weed,” the tweet with the viral cricket meme read. Elon, in his tweet, wrote: “Maybe free some people in jail for weed here too?” The Pakistani viral meme was about the US Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star Brittney Griner, who was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on February 17 after vape cartridges containing hashish oil were allegedly found in her baggage. She is currently undergoing a trial in a Russian court.
Maybe free some people in jail for weed here too? pic.twitter.com/AYo0ZC79lZ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 31, 2022
Exchanging War Criminal for a Petty Issue Prompted Musk to Use the Viral Cricket Meme
A few days ago, the Biden administration had offered a deal to Russia to bring back Griner and another jailed American, former-US marine Paul Whelan. While the details of the deal are unclear, there are reports that Russia has expressed interest in releasing the two Americans in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who is serving a 25-year sentence in a US jail. Exchanging a war criminal for someone who was only caught with some weed, is what prompted this viral cricket meme reference from the Tesla CEO Elon Musk.