Tech billionaire Elon Musk says Dogecoin a hustle, He made his Saturday Night Live debut this weekend, and I’m doing so offered the public at large some significant insights into the eccentric entrepreneur’s character.
His very appearance on the famed late night show also had a cataclysmic effect on the trading price of the Dogecoin share price, which fell nearly 30% when Musk referred to the mercurial cryptocurrency as a “hustle”.
During his opening monologue, Musk admitted for the first time that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, making him the first host of SNL with the disorder. “Or the first person to admit it, at least,” he joked.
Musk’s opening monologue was certainly revealing. His “coming out” over his Aspergers condition fell during his self-deprecatory appraisal of his often strange behaviour, in which he admitted that sometimes he doesn’t convey himself in the most obvious terms, and that this might lead people to be somewhat confused.
“I don’t always have a lot of international variation in the way I speak,” he said, which he noted “also makes for great comedy”.
“I’m actually making history here tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL. I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight, but don’t worry I am pretty good at running human in emulation mode,” he said.
He said that he believes that humanity must become a “multi-planetory space-going civilisation” and said that those who consider him strange or have been offended by his often bizarre tweets, they should consider the following:
“Look, I know I say or post strange things but that’s just how my brain works. To anyone I’ve offended I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship,” he said. “Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”
Musk has been a fierce supporter of Dogecoin in 2021, going so far as to label himself the Dogefather after tweeting frequently about how the cryptocurrency is going to take over the world and fund Musk’s vision to take humanity to Mars.
Musk’s tweeting about Dogecoin has helped drive an increased price for the cryptocurrency, with the coin’s 1 cent trading price in January 2021 skyrocketing to over 70 cents during the week leading up to the SpaceX founder’s appearance on SNL.
Unfortunately, Musk’s advocacy for Dogecoin during the SNL skits on Saturday night did not have the desired impact, and the gains recorded in the run-up to his appearance were dashed by around 66 cents to just below 50 cents just hours after the show.