Elon Musk praised for discussing having Asperger’s Syndrome during SNL skit
Elon Musk opened up about having Asperger’s Syndrome as he tried his hand at television hosting on the USA series Saturday Night Live.
The 49-year-old South African billionaire was the main guest on the long-running comedy show on Saturday night – which also saw a performance by music guest, Miley Cyrus.
During his opening monologue, Elon – who welcomed a son named X Æ A-Xii with Canadian musician girlfriend Grimes in May last year – also made comment about the Tweets he sends that occasionally prompt a backlash.
Taking to the stage in dark suit, the businessman, famous for his Tesla and Space X companies, also shared his goals for the future.
He said: “It’s an honor to be hosting Saturday Night Live. Sometimes after I say something, I have to say, ‘I mean that.’
“So people know that I really mean it. That’s because I don’t always have a lot of iteration or variation in how I speak. Which I’m told makes for great comedy.”
He then revealed: “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s [Syndrome] to host SNL.”
He joked: “Or at least the first to admit it. So I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”
Expressing his future plans, he continued: “I believe in a renewable energy future. I believe that humanity must become a multiplanetary, space-bearing civilisation.
“Those seem like exciting goals, don’t they?” Now, I think if I just posted that on Twitter, I’d be fine. But I also write things like, ’69 days after 4/20 again’.”
He added: “I know I sometimes 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. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”
Canadian comedian Dan Aykroyd, who also has Asperger’s Syndrome, previously hosted the show in 2003, before revealing he had the condition in 2013.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a development disorder which can affect how someone interacts socially and can affect behaviour and cause thinking patterns to be be rigid and repetitive.
Elon’s night of hosting proved a success with viewers, with one taking to Twitter to comment: “As someone who has Aspergers, hearing Elon proudly speak about his neurological condition in his opening remark is very inspiring.
“Tackling ever industry by storm, from the advent of the electric vehicle; to colonizing other worlds. @elonmusk is one hell of a human being!”