'SNL' cast members appear to have deleted veiled criticism of Elon Musk hosting an upcoming show
- Several "Saturday Night Live" cast members appear to have deleted posts critical of Elon Musk.
- The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is due to guest host the show on May 8.
- Aidy Bryant and Bowen Yang both made now-unavailable posts that seemed to needle Musk.
"Saturday Night Live" cast members appear to have deleted social media posts that suggested they were unhappy with Elon Musk's upcoming appearance as a guest host.
After NBC announced that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO would be the guest host on May 8, some cast members did not seem thrilled with the news.
Social media posts by Bowen Yang, Aidy Bryant and Andrew Dismukes followed the invitation.
Yang posted a sad smiley to Instagram around the time of the announcement, and then quoted a tweet by Musk that had said: "Let's find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is."
"what the f--- does this even mean" Yang wrote. Screenshots of the posts were shared on Twitter:
-megan (@chaoticmlkhotel) April 25, 2021
They are no longer on Yang's Instagram account, and according to The Wrap they have since been deleted.
Two other posts that read seemed to side-eye the Musk announcement, by Bryant and Dismukes, have also disappeared after fans noticed the timing.
-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2021
Bryant shared a screenshot of a tweet from Sen. Bernie Sanders on her Instagram account, decrying the "moral obscenity" of the super-rich. Musk is currently the world's second-richest person.
Meanwhile Dismukes, a writer-turned-player, had posted to his Instagram story: "Only CEO I wanna do sketch with is Cher-E Oteri," in reference to former cast member Cheri Oteri. There is no sign of the post on his account as of Wednesday morning.
A megastar of tech and business, Musk is nonetheless an unexpected choice for the show, which usually invites entertainment celebrities as guest host.
His outspoken public persona - particularly on Twitter - have built him a major fanbase. But he has plenty of public controversies. He spread COVID-19 misinformation early in the pandemic and has also mocked the marking of gender pronouns.
NBC did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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