Elon Musk has his very own electric car company, plans to walk on Mars before the end of his life, is a key part of the press to privatize space travel, wants to build a rapid transit system that will make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes, and, you know, PayPal. He’s basically spent his career trying to make all the stuff we see in science fiction movies a reality. (If anyone is going to build an Iron Man suit, it’s totally going to be Musk.) And he’s doing what every celebrity worth his salt before him has done, he’s going to be on The Simpsons, and now you can check out these two clips from his episode.
Even though I haven’t regularly kept with Fox’s beloved animated family for a few years now, it’s still the barometer that I use to truly gauge celebrity. You’re not really famous until you’ve been on an episode of The Simpsons, that’s the measuring stick I use in that regard.
Musk will appear as himself in “The Musk Who Fell to Earth,” which airs tonight, January 25. Instead of just a small guest spot or a cameo, like so many do, he’s actually a big part of the entire episode. He plays himself and strikes up a partnership with Mr. Burns to help modernize Springfield. You imagine there is a significant monetary component to this that is what intrigues the decrepit old billionaire.
This first clip, “As Healthy and Vibrant as Detroit Itself,” shows their first encounter, though for some reason Musk has already glommed on to Homer. I can’t imagine there’s a lot for them to talk about, they don’t appear to have much in common on the surface, but Homer seems to be a nice idea farm. Maybe that’s where Musk came up with the idea to launch thousands of satellites to provide global internet access.
In clip number two, Musk utters something so alien, so shocking, that Mr. Burns can’t possibly comprehend it the first time: he says he doesn’t care about the money. That’s just crazy talk as far as ol’ Monty is concerned (it’s also easy to say when you have billions of dollars). And if we’re being honest, I prefer not to have a bunch of old man fingers probing around inside my mouth. That’s just weird and creepy and gross.
“The Musk Who Fell To Earth” airs tonight at 8:00pm on Fox.