The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, has been praised for his ‘brave’ admission that he has Asperger’s Syndrome on last night’s Saturday Night Live, which was his first appearance on the show.
During his opening monologue, Musk said that he was the first person to host SNL with Asperger’s, before adding, ‘Or at least the first person to admit it’. He further joked that over his life, he’s become ‘pretty good at running human emulation mode’.
Musk has since been applauded for the revelation. Taking to Twitter, one person said that they ‘really loved’ the fact he told everyone about his Asperger’s and dubbed it ‘such an awesome moment re representation of neurodivergent folks’.
“I’m actually making history as the first person with Asperger's to host SNL” — @elonmusk
Really loved that – such an awesome moment re representation of neurodivergent folks 🖤 https://t.co/iTgTf1dwhP
— Viv (@flcnhvy) May 9, 2021
Meanwhile, someone else Tweeted, ‘@elonmusk Walking out on to the #SNL stage in front of millions of people and opening up to us about his life with Asperger’s syndrome for the first time in public is a beacon of strength and hope for the autism community. This man is an idol to many, and it’s clear to see why.’
Another Tweeted, ‘I’m happy to see @elonmusk host #SaturdayNightLive live this week and got even happier when he mentioned that he is also the first host in SNL history with asperger’s’.
— Jaxpy (@JaxpyIsHere) May 9, 2021
While Musk crowned himself as the first person to host SNL with the condition, it’s believed that SNL alumni Dan Aykroyd was actually the first person with Asperger’s to host the show in 2003. Apparently, Aykroyd has spoken in the past about having a mild form of the type of autism.
Either way, whether he was the first person or not, you can’t not applaud Musk for being so candid!