Over the weekend, tech Billionaire Elon Musk got on stage at Dave Chappelle’s comedy show in San Francisco. The silicon valley crowd booed Musk profusely until he left the arena stage. The video went viral on Twitter (which Musk currently runs) garnering varied reactions.
Chapelle during one moment of his show introduces Musk as the richest man in the world. To the crowd, Musk exclaimed “I’m rich, b-tch!”, doing an impression of Chappelle’s famous caricature of Rick James. The crowd booed even more.
— Steven Goffman (@SteveGoffman) December 12, 2022
“You weren’t expecting this, were you?” Musk asks Chappelle on stage.
In the video, Chappelle says some quips to Musk like “All these people that are booing, I’m just pointing out the obvious, they have terrible seats in the stadium” and “sounds like some of those people you fired are in the audience”. Very likely, considering Twitter is headquartered in San Francisco and Musk has recently laid off a large amount of Twitter staff. Still, Chappelle defended Musk against his audience.
“Booing is not the best thing you can do,” he said. “I wish everybody in this auditorium the joy of feeling free and may your pursuit of happiness set you free. Amen.”
Dave Chappelle when the crowd started booing Elon pic.twitter.com/231UQz6wQo
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) December 12, 2022
Yesterday Musk tweeted about the ordeal saying,” was 90% cheers & 10% boos (except during quiet periods), but, still, that’s a lot of boos, which is a first for me in real life (frequent on Twitter).” That post reply and the original video have since been deleted.
Elon Musk confirms he was booed last night, says it was a first for him, blames it on “unhinged leftists”. Maybe it was just actually the real world that exists outside his fanboy bubble. pic.twitter.com/zLjCouqQAy
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) December 12, 2022
On Twitter the reactions toward Musk and Chappelle were assorted.
Many claimed that their tweets with footage of the night were taken down unjustly.
Elon Musk is deleting accounts that post this video of him being booed for 10 minutes last night at a Dave Chapelle show.
He can’t delete us all. Retweet while you still can.pic.twitter.com/xMq4hgvRG0
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) December 12, 2022
Someone posted a video of Elon Musk getting aggressively booed in front of the friendliest possible audience (a Dave Chappelle show in San Francisco) and apparently “Something went wrong” with their account pic.twitter.com/vVNqrUpezT
— Victims of Capitalism Memorial Foundation (@karaokecomputer) December 12, 2022
Some connected this partnership to Musk trying to get favor from conservatives considering Chappelle’s previous comments about transgender people. Musk has campaigned for more “free speech” on Twitter.
I love that Elon Musk went on stage at a Dave Chappelle show, presumably thinking it'd be a safe space for his transphobic ass, and even that audience booed the shit out of him.
— Andrew Todd / mistertodd.bsky.social (@mistertodd) December 12, 2022
Elon found out last night that what makes you loved by MAGA makes you despised by literally everyone else.
— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@RachelBitecofer) December 12, 2022
Some rejoiced in Musk getting some retribution for his controversial choices and takes in the real world.
I realize it doesn’t fix anything, but Elon Musk getting booed by a massive SF crowd and just standing there is a very nice holiday present and I appreciate it.
— Courtney Milan 🦖 (@courtneymilan) December 12, 2022
Every time Elon Musk is booed an angel gets its wings.
— Mayo 🌻 (@MayoIsSpicyy) December 12, 2022
Dave Chappelle has not yet to publically respond to the whole ordeal.