content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Chris Redd Is the Latest SNL Cast Member Confused by Elon Musk HostingAhead of his May 8 gig, the Tesla CEO has teased “skits” involving James Bond, Iron Man, and Baby Shark.
May 3, 2021
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The long and arduous lead-up toward Elon Musk’s Saturday Night Live debut marches on. Since it was announced that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO will host the May 8 episode, he’s proven to be a controversial pick, particularly among SNL’s own cast. Case in point: On Saturday, Musk requested ideas for his episode, tweeting, “Throwing out some skit ideas for SNL. What should I do?” Cast member Chris Redd replied, “First I’d call Em sketches” with a laughing emoji.
Redd is the latest SNL star to poke fun at Musk ahead of his hosting stint alongside musical guest Miley Cyrus. Shortly after SNL made the announcement, Bowen Yang responded to Musk’s tweet that he would “find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is” by writing on his Instagram story, “What the fuck does this even mean.” Both new cast member Andrew Dismukes and longtime star Aidy Bryant also addressed the non-traditional hosting choice on social media. “Only CEO I wanna do sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” Dismukes wrote on his story. Bryant reportedly shared a screenshot of a Bernie Sanders tweet, which read, “The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people. Let me repeat that, because it is almost too absurd to believe: the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 MILLION Americans. That is a moral obscenity.” Musk, of course, is one of America’s 50 wealthiest people.
However, Redd is the first ensemble member to interact directly with Musk on social media. His tweet sparked the interest of many on Twitter, including Chrissy Teigen, who wrote to Redd, “Im so second hand uncomfortable lmao these dynamics.” Redd appeared to diffuse any tension, replying to Teigen, “everything is fine lmao.” When another user wrote, “Chris, blink twice if you need me to pick you up,” he assured everyone that there was no drama—yet. “If this joke has me calling for help it’s gonna be a real rough week lmao,” Redd replied to the user.
As for Musk, he appears to be taking the backlash in stride. On Twitter, he’s teased some skit sketch ideas: “Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge to form Baby Shark Tank,” “Irony Man – defeats villains using the power of irony,” and “Woke James Bond.” As if that lineup of ideas wasn’t absurd enough, another agent of chaos weighed in. Self-help guru and former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson entered the chat, suggesting to Musk, “Announce that you’re giving away half your fortune to help eradicate deep poverty, fight climate change and promote world peace.”
While it’s unclear exactly what Musk will be doing when he takes the stage on May 8, it’s safe to assume that it won’t be…that.
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