Elon Musk's Response To Being Booed Onstage at Dave Chappelle Show Was Total Elon Musk: 'I'm Rich, B----'
Everyone who has ever bombed at a stand-up comedy show probably dreamed of flying away from their embarrassment in a rocket ship, but Elon Musk is likely the first person who has actually had that option.
In a confounding move of pure oblivious confidence, Dave Chappelle was joined by the Twitter CEO and punching bag onstage during a performance at the Chase Center in San Francisco, not far from Twitter’s corporate headquarters. Musk, who presumably prepared a billionaire’s version of a tight five filled with an impression of Jeff Bezos and a rant about the size of caviar spoons, instead spent an agonizing few minutes shuffling around the stage to a chorus of boos from the San Franciscan audience before he and Chappelle berated the jeerers for being less wealthy than the duo of deluded magnates who, somehow, thought that the night was going to go literally any other way.
Musk concluded the clap back at the audience by quoting the famous “Reparations” sketch from The Chappelle Show, shouting, “I’m rich, b—!” back at the booers – the irony of a white billionaire from Apartheid South Africa reappropriating a sketch about black reparations was apparently lost on Chappelle.
“Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for the richest man in the world,” Chappelle casually requested as he invited Musk onstage to an initial wave of surprised cheers before a cacophony of disapproval derailed the audience’s reaction.
After about 45 seconds of awkwardly waiting for the boos to die down, Musk chuckled to Chappelle, “Weren’t expecting this, were ya?”
Chappelle wisecracked, “It sounds like some of them people you fired are in the audience,” drawing laughter from both Musk and the crowd shortly before the audience returned to their regularly scheduled reviling of the CEO who had spent the better part of the weekend demanding the incarceration of Anthony Fauci and parroting QAnon conspiracies about a former Twitter employee.
Netflix’s stand-up star continued to puff his cigarette as he patiently waited for a reprieve from the booing that never came. Eventually, Chappelle went on the offensive, retorting to the ornery audience, “All those people that are booing – I’m just pointing out the obvious – they have terrible seats.” Chappelle began to boo back at the audience, eventually telling the audience, “Whatever, motherf—er, this n—- is not even trying to die on Earth.”
While Chappelle continued to try and salvage the set with casual quips, Musk stood silently with his hands in his pockets, struggling to find a way out of the uncomfortable situation of standing in front of a stadium full of detractors. Eventually, the duo started strangely posturing and posing to the angry audience before Musk shouted out the famous Chappelle Show line as the night’s sound engineer played a loud bullhorn to drown out the boos.
San Franciscans had plenty of reasons to be unamused by a surprise appearance from Musk – Twitter’s massive layoffs were followed by widespread allegations of labor rights violations, and many of those claims are currently being investigated by the city. Audience members from the disaster have taken to Twitter to post their stories from the night, though multiple accounts have been suspended after posting videos of the incident. Twitter user James Yu attended the show and said of the incident, “A good 80% of the stadium boos. 18k people. and he withers. Like absolutely turns into a corncob.”
The ever-tweeting Musk has posted a different recollection of last night’s show that contradicts the accounts of eye-witnesses and the surviving footage that Musk couldn’t scrub – wrote the Twitter CEO, “Technically, it 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). It’s almost as if I’ve offended SF’s unhinged leftists … but nahhh.”