The Daily Show and William Shatner team up to expose Elon Musk

For the latest installment in his long-running Dailyshowography series of short films about “big men” The daily News hired a very special narrator.

“What do you think of when you think about the future?” asks actor William Shatner at the beginning of this exclusive segment from Tuesday night’s episode, as images of missiles, robots and “cybertrucks” appear on screen.

Over the next few minutes, Shatner helps argue that Musk may in fact be the “supervillain” that his biggest detractors fear him for. The play traces the origin story of Tesla “Technoking” as a young boy who “overcame many difficulties although unlike other South African celebrities he didn’t make his childhood a whole thing” and references Trevor Noah’s backstory.

“Like so many tech entrepreneurs, he earned his unimaginable wealth by doing something invaluable to society,” Shatner says wryly. “Selling a startup you’ve never heard of to a company that no longer exists.”

The narrator goes on to mock Musk for having a “midlife crisis” in his 20s by crashing his multimillion-dollar “supercar” and starting a record label to release his own EDM track. “A cracker that’s all the more impressive when you consider that Musk had clearly never heard music before,” he says. “Yes, Elon Musk refuses to stay in his lane, much like a Tesla on Autopilot.”

At the end of the scathing video, Shatner reviews all of the ways Musk has used Twitter to promise to make the world a “better place” without any imitation.

“And when a Thai soccer team got stuck in a cave, Elon even promised to save those kids… from the guy who saved them!” he says. “That’s why Musk is such a free speech advocate. If you can’t indiscriminately accuse someone who saves lives of being a “pedo guy,” is there even a civil discourse?”

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