The Citizen (Gauteng)

Why I act weird – Musk

ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: IT’S HOW MY BRAIN WORKS, SAYS ENTREPRENE­UR ‘I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars. Did you think I was going to be a chill, normal dude?’

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Elon Musk kicked off his Saturday Night Live debut by declaring himself to be the first person with Asperger’s syndrome to host the US comedy sketch show. “Or at least, the first person to admit it,” he said.

In his opening monologue, the eccentric tech entreprene­ur behind Tesla and SpaceX offered an explanatio­n for some of his past eyebrow-raising behaviour. “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 previously drawn criticism for moves like publicly mocking the US Securities and Exchange Commission and calling a cave diver who rescued boys trapped in Thailand a “pedo guy”.

But on SNL, the billionair­e took swipes at his own expense. He joked about his tweets, his son’s unusual name – X AE A-12 – and that time he smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast. And, of course, as a big booster of cryptocurr­encies, he once again enumerated the benefits of dogecoin.

Pressed on what exactly dogecoin is, Musk called the cryptocurr­ency, which now has a market value of $72 billion (about R1 012 trillion) “an unstoppabl­e vehicle that’s going to take over the world”. But then he agreed that actually “it’s a hustle”.

For the second time in a week, the world’s second-richest person seemed to drive the value of the digital asset. Not long after its recent surge after Musk’s Twitter endorsemen­t, it was sent on a brief tailspin during his SNL performanc­e.

It dropped to 49c during the broadcast after a pre-show high of about 74c, according to CoinDesk. –

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Picture: AFP GET IT? Elon Musk declares himself as the first person with Asperger’s syndrome to host the show.

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