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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed he has Asperger's syndrome while appearing on the US comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live (SNL). The 49-year-old told viewers he was "the first person with Asperger's" to host the long-running programme - to loud cheers from the audience. BBC NewsElon Musk reveals he has Asperger's on Saturday Night Live

Does Elon have Asperger's?

Elon Musk announced during his monologue on Saturday Night Live that he has Asperger's, a mild form of autism. It's a condition that--obviously--does not limit his intelligence, creativity, or his ability to change history. Inc.comElon Musk Just Revealed He Has Asperger's. Here's How It Makes Him Different

Who is Elon Musk?

Elon Musk is a South African-born American industrial engineer, entrepreneur, who co-founded Paypal and founded aerospace transportation services company SpaceX. He is also one of the early investors in Tesla, an electric car company, and now the Chief Executive Officer of the firm as well. Business StandardWho is Elon Musk: Latest News on Elon Musk, Top News, Photos, Videos, Age

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Elon Musk tried his hand at hosting "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend and while the Tesla CEO’s showing yielded mixed reviews in the court of public opinion, Musk’s display is speaking volumes with regards to his personal brand image, according to one media and public relations expert.

Eric Schiffer, an author and leading expert in media and branding, believes Musk helped himself immensely during his appearance on the live sketch show simply in the way he was able to personally connect with viewers either by being just moderately funny in some instances and being self-deprecating in others.

"I think his appearance was a seismic shift in the future of his brand because it allowed him to out-position himself from most entrepreneurs who are not able to connect emotionally and humble themselves in ways that he did," Schiffer told Fox News of the SpaceX head honcho’s willingness to reveal personal anecdotes about himself, like how he has Asperger's.

"Very, very few super-successful entrepreneurs are willing to be so revealing and vulnerable which will always connect with people," continued the Mensa member. "That's just how we're wired. We want to relate to their humanity. And people want to people want to relate to successful people and humanity. When people that have reached hyper levels of achievement are willing to display humility and be self-deprecating and vulnerable, they're going to be that much more beloved."

For all of Musk’s perceived shortcoming in the eyes of many, the space expert has managed to master the art of social interaction, especially considering his willingness to spar or respond to those on social media in a new digital age that previously disallowed the average person to connect firsthand with a corporate CEO on the level of Musk.

"This is a guy who connects extremely well with Gen-Z and millennial audiences that value a mix of transparency and speaking his mind mixed with humor that can include torpedoes at times with a smirk," Schiffer explained of Musk’s polarization. 

Schiffer went on to explain that Musk "has that Trumpian quality of never knowing what may happen" and is a "constant wild card" which is "crucial" in entertainment. "He gets the power of that and he understands how to reinforce his brand in ways that capture the imagination – whether it's space or touching on deeply held values of young people like sustainability and a carbon-free world," Schiffer said. 

Regardless of how split opinions are on Musk or his "SNL" showcase, Schiffer believes Musk has once again provided an interesting blueprint for other front-facing CEOs to emulate as they too figure out how to capture the attention of audiences whose available time is becoming shorter and more valuable – thus the sputtering "SNL" needed to hit the ball out of the part and Schiffer praised producers for their work with millennials and Gen-Zers.

"The knives have been out for 'SNL' and they've been suffering for some time a slow, merciless death in connecting with younger people in general and the show benefited from two things: tremendous access via streaming and an icon to Gen-Z and millennials and a show that was in some ways oriented to have Gen-Zers feel, seen, heard and understood," he said.

"So in the episode where Musk played the doctor and there was this mirroring of the Gen-Z lexicon, I turned to my girls who are both 14, and they said, 'Wow, they really got us,' Schiffer maintained. "So 'SNL' was able to highlight and understand how people talk within that generation and how they approach things and that helps too."

Whether that's going to shift the tide entirely, remains to be seen. But Schiffer believes having Musk on "SNL" gave an opportunity for younger people to be more open to viewing the show again.

"This was an epic shot in the arm for 'Saturday Night Live' and a roaring success for Musk that allowed him to win over people that may be turned off by his immense wealth and/or viewed him in ways that didn't see that he also has a soul and humanity that they can connect with," the expert added.

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Elon's model mom Maye Musk, 73, looks stylish on stroll with her dog in New York City

Daily Mail 12 May, 2021 - 12:00am

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Her son Elon Musk was the talk of the weekend as he hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

But Maye Musk didn't seemed too bothered about the controversial appearance.

The 73-year-old model looked as stylish as ever as she was seen walking her precious pooch in New York City on Monday.

Vibes: Maye Musk, 73, looked as stylish as ever as she was seen walking her precious pooch in New York City on Monday

The silver haired stunner combed her short locks to the side as she showed off her evergreen looks with natural, complementary make-up.

She donned a black leather jacket over a matching turtleneck.

Maye completed the fashionable look with a pair of flared white trousers with an intricate pattern on it along with black leather dress shoes. 

Out and about: The silver haired stunner combed her short locks to the side as she showed off her evergreen looks with natural, complementary make-up

Her modeling career began as a pageant queen in her adopted home of South Africa in the late-1960s.

The Canadian-born beauty spent her time in the US and Canada beginning in the late-1980s, where she continued her modeling career after taking time to earn master's degrees in dietetics and nutritional science.

More recently, she became the oldest CoverGirl spokesmodel ever at age 69, while also finding time to appear in Beyoncé's Haunted video.

Family first: Maye also made a surprise appearance alongside her mogul son on Saturday Night Live during the Mother's Day tribute segment

Maye also made a surprise appearance alongside her mogul son on Saturday Night Live during the Mother's Day tribute segment.

However her appearance was not enough to save Elon's debut hosting  gig from receiving a decidedly lukewarm response on social media, with critics describing it as unfunny and a wasted opportunity.  

The 49-year-old Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder - and one of the world's richest men - had been a controversial choice to appear on SNL amid a pandemic. 

And critics online were unimpressed with his delivery, with one blasting: 'Now everyone knows he's not funny, witty or clever'. 

Elon Musk has delivered his monologue on Saturday Night Live, poking fun at his own eccentricities and appearing to confess that he has 'Asperger's'

Musk and his girlfriend Grimes are seen leaving the studio in New York after hosting SNL

Lorne Michaels, the SNL producer, was singled out for particular ire.

'I don't care how much Lorne Michaels wants to go into space, tonight is unforgiveable,' said one.

Musk opened his monologue by mocking his monotonal speaking style, saying no one can tell when he's joking.

Musical guest Miley Cyrus (left), host Elon Musk, and Cecily Strong during promos for the show

'It's great to be hosting 'Saturday Night Live,' and I really mean it,' said Musk standing on the stage in a black suit with a black T-shirt. 

'Sometimes after I say something, I have to say that I mean it.'

He added, in explanation, that he is the first person with Asperger's syndrome to host the show: 

'Or at least the first person to admit it,' he said.

Interesting: There were several critics on social media

It may have been the first time Musk has publicly said he has the mild form of autism. But at least one former 'SNL' host, Dan Aykroyd, also has talked about having Asperger's.

And despite his admission, social media remained annoyed by Musk's appearance.

One Twitter user described Musk as 'a real life Bond villain', while another responded with a photo of Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker.

'This is the bad place,' said another, with a meme from the show The Good Place. 

The value of Dogecoin dropped sharply as Musk spoke, losing more than 20% of its value

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