YouTube star PewDiePie has a segment on his YouTube channel called “Meme Review” and this past week he had Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and billionaire inventor Elon Musk host it. The result was actually pretty entertaining.
Despite what you might think would happen, given Ol’ Musky’s recently acquired public pot penchant, and Roiland’s reputation for being someone enjoys a good time, shall we say, there was no substance use involved. Instead, Roiland and Musk spent their time literally just laughing at and discussing various Musk-related memes.
The duo spent their six minute segment of the video flipping through mostly Musk-themed memes about his obsession with electric cars and Star Wars. Musk didn’t use his time in front of Kjellberg’s 86 million subscribers to plug Tesla, SpaceX, or any of this other ventures, instead he mostly just laughed at himself. (Inverse)
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In the video, Musk and Roiland take a look at a few Musk-related memes and then rate them. Not to toot my own horn, but I was little bummed that they didn’t even mention the format that I pretty much invented on the satirical science site Dan and I run, Alternative-Science.com. You know, the “Elon Musk Buys and Deletes Facebook” meme?
That was me.
But hey, I’m not some comedian with a fragile ego looking for validation, so don’t worry about me, at all, okay? No big deal, I’ll just be over here with my super-popular meme format, folks. I’ll just be over here, remembering that the story went so viral it had be debunked by Snopes, fam.
It also totally doesn’t bother me that somehow some writer named Mike Murphy is getting the credit for writing the first instance of the meme, even though he was piggybacking off mine. I promise, I won’t devote any more time or space here to mentioning that I was the one who created one of the most popular and reused Elon Musk-related memes on the Internet today.
Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, right. Musk and Roiland were reviewing memes for PewDiePie, and Roiland even snuck in a sort of journalistic question. It’s no big secret that Musk’s tweets have raised eyebrows, gotten him into trouble with financial regulators, and generally rankled some of his companies’ investors, and Roiland asked him about seeing memes about those things.
To his great credit, Musk seemed to say he’s taking it all in stride. Which is probably easier to do with a few billion in your checking account, but it’s still nice to see that Musk clearly has a sense of humor about even himself.
“The past couple of years have been…particular last year was meme city,” Musk responded when Roiland asked if it was strange to be laughing at memes of himself. “Yeah meme city. So I’ve seen a lot of memes.”
Musk has a Twitter following in the millions, and as such he is often put under a much larger magnifying glass than other CEOs might be. In a world where increasingly more and more people seem to be losing their sense of humor about themselves — like, even if they’re, say, the most powerful person in the free world, living in the White House — it’s really refreshing that Musk would show up on PewDiePie’s show and skewer himself a bit in a meme review.
In case you’re wondering, sadly Roiland gave us all no hints as to when the next season of Rick and Morty will debut.
Watch the segment with Musk and Roiland, starting at the 13:32 mark, below:
Writer/comedian James Schlarmann is the founder of The Political Garbage Chute and his work has been featured on The Huffington Post. You can follow James on Facebook and Instagram, but not Twitter because he has a potty mouth.