Before welcoming Elon Musk onto the stage in San Francisco on Sunday, Dave Chappelle encouraged his fans to “make some noise for the richest man in the world.”
And they did – by loudly booing the billionaire tech mogul for nearly five minutes.
Chappelle invited Musk to his stand-up show with Chris Rock at the Chase Center in San Francisco, where the comedian told the sneering viewers to “shut up,” to no avail. The new Twitter owner, who wore an “I Love Twitter” shirt to the event, also drew some cheers from the crowd at the end of the show.
“Cheers and boos I see,” Chappelle is heard saying in a video posted by @SteveGoffman on Twitter.
“You didn’t expect that, did you?” Musk said.
“It sounds like some of the people you fired are in the audience,” Chappelle joked, referring to the broad crowd of Twitter employees who fired Musk shortly after buying the social media platform would have.
“Hey, wait a minute, those of you guys are booing,” Chappelle continued in a failed attempt to calm the crowd while Musk stood silently on stage in San Francisco, where Twitter’s headquarters are located.
“It’s a tough road ahead of us, it sounds,” the comedian conceded. “But do you know one thing? All these people who are booing – and I’m just pointing out the obvious – have terrible seats, and I get it.
“Boo! Listen, whatever. Look, Motherf— this N— isn’t even trying to die on Earth. His entire business model is: ‘F— Earth. I’m going anyway.’ boo anything you want bring me [Musk] … I fly to Mars. Whatever P- you got up there, we’ll do that.
Musk could only muster a brief “thank you for having me on stage” as the booing continued while Chappelle boasted about driving jetpacks and going “bang s—” with the Tesla board of directors.
“Dave, what can I say?” Musk said about three and a half minutes into the boo fest.
“Don’t say anything,” Chappelle advised. “It will only spoil the moment. Do you hear that sound Elon? This is the sound of impending civil unrest. … Booing is not the best thing to do.”
On Monday, Musk claimed on Twitter that the crowd reaction was “90% cheers and 10% boos (except during quiet times)”.
“But that’s still a lot of boos, which is a first for me in real life (frequently on Twitter)” he added. “It’s almost like I’ve insulted SF’s mad leftists…but no.”
Both Musk and Chappelle have recently come under scrutiny for their divisive behavior. The SpaceX founder has been heavily criticized for his tumultuous Twitter takeover, while the insurgent has been slammed for making transphobic remarks in his 2021 Netflix special.
“I’m your ally,” Chappelle told the crowd in San Francisco after standing by Musk. “I wish everyone in this room peace and the joy of feeling free. May your pursuit of happiness make you happy. Amen. Thank you San Francisco. No city in the world has ever been friendlier… Good night.”
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