Saturday Night Live — one of Donald Trump’s arch nemeses, based on the number of Twitter posts he put up about it — went after billionaire Elon Musk and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) this weekend, parodying their nonsense for viewers. Musk has recently been angling to take over Twitter; he offered to buy it for some $43 billion, although those in charge of the site have resisted the change in ownership. Recently, the company’s board approved what’s been nicknamed a “poison pill,” which would allow Twitter shareholders to buy additional stakes in the company at a discounted rate in the event that Musk (or anyone else) acquired at least 15 percent of Twitter’s available common stock without approval from the board. That course of action would essentially “dilute” Musk’s hypothetical control, CNBC noted.
Georgia needs more green energy and less Greene energy.
— Holly McCormack for Congress (@Holly_4Congress) April 16, 2022
Musk, to be clear, doesn’t seem to have a remotely constructive set of ideas for Twitter. In a Twitter post from March, he asked followers: “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?” In other words, he has a familiarly vague, right-wing notion of “free speech” to the point of seemingly hoping to be allowed to say just about anything. On Saturday Night Live, Michael Che — a co-host of the “Weekend Update” segment — jokingly remarked: “Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for over $40 billion, so he can loosen its free speech rules. That’s how badly white guys want to use the n-word.” Co-host Colin Jost mockingly chimed in: “Honestly, I don’t understand why Elon even wants to own Twitter. It used to be something that seemed important and even fun. And now, you look at it, and it’s confusing and depressing. It’s the Giuliani of apps… Elon built electric cars. He’s going to Mars. Why is he even involving himself with Twitter? It would be like if the prince of England gave it all up just to marry an actor from Suits.”
If you can’t be trusted to run a Twitter account, you can’t be trusted to serve in Congress.
— Marcus Flowers (@Marcus4Georgia) April 15, 2022
Jost also remarked that going all in on Twitter “just feels like a bad business decision.” Check out the remarks below:
And in an Easter-themed skit, cast member Cecily Strong — playing a gun-toting Greene — said as follows:
‘Hi, I’m Marjorie Taylor Greene. I’ve been saying aggressively to all my Jewish and Muslim colleagues, Happy Easter! Don’t worry, this rifle’s chocolate, but the bullets are real. Now, I’m worried about Easter. Between the pastels and the jelly beans, this holiday has gotten a little too LGBQRST for me. And there is nothing gay about Easter, a day when a bunch of male priests worship a shirtless guy with great abs then talk about wanting to eat his body. That’s straight stuff! So Happy Easter and God Bless Russia. I mean America. But kinda both, right?’