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Elon Musk and Justin Roiland Host PewDiePie’s Meme Review

Fans of Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg have been asking for Elon Musk to host the YouTuber’s Meme Review segment for months. They bombarded the Tesla CEO with Twitter messages and finally got an answer back. On January 27, Musk tweeted a picture of himself holding a Gatling gun and asking, “Host meme review?”

On February 18, Musk confirmed that he had recorded an episode of the segment with Rick and Morty star Justin Roiland.

The Meme Review segment officially went live Friday during a crucial moment in the war between PewDiePie and T-Series. The YouTuber has been running neck and neck with the Indian production company for months and is only a few thousand subscribers away from losing the top spot on YouTube.

Pewds started off the video doing his usual take on the week’s memes, from the Mars Curiosity rover to a mildly horrifying look at Will Smith’s Genie in the new Aladdin live-action movie. After 13 minutes, viewers got to experience something they never would have thought possible: eccentric entrepreneur Musk and Roiland, “that guy who Maced Joey Salads,” hosting Meme Review.  

“We are going to look at memes and say funny things about them,” Roiland said, trying to get the audience in the mood. For five minutes, the pair rated, on a 10 scale, memes they found on the internet, giving a format to Pewd’s lawless show. They discussed if they would step on Stuart Little for $18 billion, the killing of a deer falling into a pool and a fat cat eating a watermelon.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Musk’s face on rapper Post Malone’s body and other images ripped straight from Instagram meme accounts appeared in the YouTube video. “The past year has been meme city,” Musk said after staring at a picture of himself superimposed next to the poster for the movie Madagascar.

The whole video has an odd energy to it, with Roiland doing his best to add his sense of humor to these posts. It’s fun to watch and to see traditional celebrities cross over to the world of influencers without making it seem forced or sponsored.

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