Saturday Night Live (SNL) is receiving major stricture for its decision to bring in the Tesla owner and the billionaire business mogul Elon Musk as a host, and this time, the alarm is being rung from inside the house. On April 24, NBC advertised that Musk would host “Saturday Night Live” on May 8 beside musical guest Miley Cyrus. While mainstream outlets cheered the surprising choice, possibly with no consideration as to whether or not a CEO is the most suitable choice for a comedy show, therefore, a backlash to the choice brewed quickly.
Moreover, several comic artists shared uncertainty about the decision on social media, comprising of the few actual “SNL” cast members who will be required to work with him. However, the posts disappeared almost as quickly as they circulated, but the screenshots remain. Furthermore, with general mild stiffness and a total absence of comedy experience, a few displayed slightly concealed displeasure of Musk’s political associations at a time when wealth difference is exacerbating nearly every social concern in every country.
In addition to it, recently gained popularity star Bowen Yang, was not modest about his feelings regarding the choice made by NBC. In his Instagram story, he responded to the announcement of Musk’s casting with a glowering emoji. He then got a little more forward, posting a critique over Musk’s tweet of “Let’s find out just how to live ‘Saturday Night Live’ really is.”
Fellow cast member Andrew Dismuke’s, who is also a writer on “SNL” since 2017, posted on his Instagram: “ONLY CEO I WANT TO DO A SKETCH WITH IS CHER-E OTERI” beside a photo of previous “SNL” star Cheri Oteri. Moreover, long-time member Aidy Bryant also subtly criticized the notion. In an Instagram story, Bryant shared a tweet from a previous presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders. In it, Sanders criticized the sharp wealth imbalance in the country, heeding that “the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 million Americans” and he called that “a moral obscenity.”
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