I never would have guessed Dave Chappell's biggest joke was going to be the world's richest man being booed off stage.
I couldn't think of a bigger joke!
Thank god you're rich, because you're not funny nor entertaining.
— Ashes to Ashes, Musk to Musk (@_Musk2Musk_) December 13, 2022
On the one hand, it’s San Francisco, where Musk has not made himself popular recently; on the other, it’s not as though anyone paying money to listen to Dave Chappell would’ve been expected to suffer from the ‘woke mind virus’…
Musk’s hand-picked moderation team has been nuking every recording of the incident they can find, so here’s the Guardian story:
… “Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for the richest man in the world,” the comedian Dave Chappelle roared on stage at the Chase Center in San Francisco as he invited the Twitter owner out to join him on Sunday night.
For the first couple of seconds Musk appeared ready to accept a euphoric welcome from the crowd of 18,000. He raised his arms high in the air and spun around as though he’d just scored a World Cup decider.
Then the booing started. And it continued. And it got louder. And louder. For the best part of 10 minutes Musk was given a real-time readout of his current popularity ratings…
A normally irrepressible Musk seemed to be dumbstruck by the booing. He remained speechless, only opening his mouth to cry for help: “Dave, what shall I say?”
“Don’t say nothing,” Chappelle counseled. “You hear that sound, Elon? That’s the sound of pending civil unrest.”
At least there was alternative facts to fall back on. By Monday morning Musk had perked up and was busily rewriting history. The deafening noise, he reassured his Twitter followers, had in fact been “90% cheers & 10% boos”.
Tell that to James Yu, a writer who was in the crowd on Sunday. “A good 80% of the stadium boos,” he estimated, noting that once the jeering started Musk withered on stage and turned “into a corncob”.
That’s the problem with punching-down, grievance-stroking Shock Comedy, of course: Its practitioners have to keep ramping up the intensity or their audience loses interest. And, right now, there’s a lot of competition out there. From Bloomberg, “Elon Musk Is Ruining Trump’s Presidential Campaign“:
For years, Donald Trump has survived scandal, scorn and defeat and still managed to keep his warlord grip on the Republican Party. Even this month’s epic string of disasters, from his candidates’ losses in the midterms and his dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and professed Hitler-fan Ye (Kanye West) to the tax fraud convictions of two of his companies, might not derail him.
But irrelevance might. In the critical weeks since his Nov. 16 campaign launch, the person who has dominated the right-wing attention economy isn’t Trump. It’s Elon Musk.
Musk didn’t just take over Trump’s favorite medium, Twitter. He seems to have done so for the explicit Trumpian purposes of striking back at his critics, “owning the libs,” and stoking the sort of generalized chaos that was once Trump’s calling card, before he was banished from Twitter and took up exile in the empty wilderness of Truth Social. He’s succeeded on all fronts.
Of course, Musk also broadcast his solidarity with the MAGA masses by ending Trump’s Twitter ban and inviting his return to the platform. But Trump, probably because he owns a big equity stake in Truth Social and knows going back would nuke its value, has so far resisted the heroin temptation of taking up his old Twitter habit.
That hasn’t stopped other figures from the Trump menagerie from gleefully rushing back as soon as Musk re-platformed them. It’s made him an overnight hero for accomplishing what Trump, through all his threats and tantrums, never could: prying Twitter away from the craven Silicon Valley gatekeepers and restoring them to a position of prominence. Musk is the toast of MAGA world…
But what’s hurt Trump the most, I think, is that Musk has robbed him of the singular quality that fueled his political career from the moment he came down the Trump Tower escalator in 2015: You couldn’t look away from him, even if you wanted to. Today, Musk occupies that role…
Trump’s political superpower was his exhausting ability to dominate the national conversation and make it all about him. He was all three rings of the circus, plus the clown, the lion and the ringmaster. If Trump can no longer excite and entertain the conservative masses, it’s hard to imagine that his presidential campaign will ever get out of the ditch. A year and half from now, Ron DeSantis or some other Republican may finally wrest the party back from Trump. But it will be Musk who put Trump out to pasture.
However much this is GOP wishcasting that someone else will slay their Frankenstein’s monster, there’s a certain beauty in the image of two out-of-control #failsons locked in mortal combat sliding over the edge of the abyss…
WE’RE NUMBER ONE!
WE’RE NUMBER ONE! https://t.co/hkK9edJOsJ
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 13, 2022
guess we should keep handing them matches
— Faine Greenwood (@faineg) December 11, 2022