In his latest bid to wrong-foot people, the Tesla CEO has released a novelty pop song about a dead gorilla called RIP Harambe
Name: Elon Musk, the rapper.
Age: Two days, according to SoundCloud.
Appearance: Auto-Tuned and emphatically uncool.
Let me guess this is just the latest weird pastime from Elon Musk, the entrepreneur. Exactly. And Musk certainly knows how to enjoy himself.
Like the time he wondered aloud about taking his electric car company Tesla private, then got into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission? I was thinking of the time he pretended to start a new tunnel company on a whim. Then actually did start it, with the name the Boring Company. Then promoted it with a sale of novelty flamethrowers.
And what is it this time? He has released a novelty pop song about a dead gorilla called RIP Harambe.
I admit I didnt see that coming. Musk delights in wrong-footing people. RIP Harambe is very Auto-Tuned, so its hard to tell who is singing, but it seems he made it in collaboration with BloodPop, Yung Jake and Caroline Polachek.
I dont know who any of those people are. It doesnt matter. The song has already been listened to more than 800,000 times since its release on Saturday.
And who is Harambe again? He was a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla. He lived at Cincinnati Zoo and became world-famous in 2016.
How come? A three-year-old boy got into Harambes enclosure, so the zoo authorities shot the gorilla. Since then, Harambes undeserved but probably necessary death has become a standard joke on the internet.
Why would you joke about that? Its awful. Exactly. Some people got so upset about Harambe that being upset about Harambe became a kind of cliche. Now others compete to mourn him more sincerely, more intensely, than anybody else.
Is that what the Musk song does? Thats right. It imagines Harambe in paradise, smoking weed and sipping on some Bombay, which is a popular gin brand among rappers. We miss you, the voice sings. We really, really miss you.
All right. Its quite a good joke to actually do it. Musk released it under a new record label called Emo G. Emoji? Geddit?
Thats not so good. He disagrees. This might be my finest work, he said.
I thought Musk was supposed to be grappling with electric car production? And building spaceships to go to Mars? And reinventing transportation with vacuum tubes? And spending time with celebrity girlfriends and ex-girlfriends such as Grimes and Amber Heard? And smoking pot on podcasts? He did that once.
Whatever. The point is, does the future of humanity really depend on one mans midlife crisis? Well, he wouldnt put it that way. Some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter, Musk said on Monday.
Do say: Elon, just a suggestion, but how about a holiday?
Dont say: How many more zoo animals must die for one billionaires amusement?
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