Part of the motivation for “SNL” booking Musk, though, is beyond ratings — it’s to get people talking about the show as they did almost every time Alec Baldwin portrayed Trump. With Musk hosting, there will certainly be a tsunami of news stories surrounding the May 8 show. Again, these are legitimate goals in the entertainment industry, but the question is, at what price?
To be clear, this is not about freedom of speech or silencing Musk’s views. He has a massive social media platform and can attract media coverage at will. The question is, does Musk deserve the privilege of hosting the greatest late-night comedy show of our time? The answer is absolutely not.