William Shatner Narrates Video Mocking Elon Musk's Business Ventures

Star Trek icon William Shatner has mocked billionaire Elon Musk and his legacy in a near-10-minute video reflecting on his many companies over the years.

The video was posted on the Daily Show's Twitter page on Tuesday evening and has so far been viewed more than 50,000 times.

The light-hearted mocking video pokes fun at Musk's eccentric nature in interviews and on social media as well as his many business successes and failures.

During the video, Shatner highlights multiple interviews Musk talks about his Tesla car's full "self-driving technology."

One of Musk's boldest claims about the future of Autopilot is that it would "reduce accidents by a factor of 10." In 2021 he repeated the claim, which appears to have been first mentioned in 2018 on CBS This Morning.

The Autopilot feature is not without its limitations. Despite the name, and Tesla's claim that it is the "future of driving," the company's website states that "current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous."

Crashes while using Autopilot have been reported before, including one incident in March 2021 where a 22-year-old Tesla driver hit a Michigan State Police patrol car with the Autopilot feature engaged.

The mocking video also showed snippets from Musk's interview on 60 Minutes in 2018 where he spoke about the initial expectation that Tesla would fail.

It also highlighted questions from 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl who asked Musk about controversies surrounding the company. While Shatner joked that this was simply "haters nitpicking" Musk's business practices.

"There are charges of unreported injuries, excessive hours, abusive conditions, injuries on the job, breathing toxic fumes, over a hundred ambulance calls," she said.

Musk replied: "I don't think that's correct. I mean, I was literally living in the factory. If those toxic fumes, I'm breathing them, okay?"

Shatner went on to comment about Musk's eccentric nature on Twitter and the difficulties of Musk's procurement of the social media platform.

"Like any well-adjusted person, his favorite pastime is spending 12-14 hours a day on Twitter," Shatner said.

"So it made sense when Musk announced he would buy the social media platform and even more sense when the deal spun out of control and crashed into an embankment."

Earlier this month, Musk faced ridicule over the news that he plans to "terminate" his $44 billion Twitter takeover agreement.

A Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday revealed that Musk had informed Twitter that he was backing out of the deal over alleged deceptions involving the platform's "fake or spam accounts." Twitter's board soon announced plans to sue Musk for breaking the contract, saying in a statement that it would "enforce the merger agreement" in court and was "confident" of victory.

Musk's plans quickly inspired ridicule on Twitter, with several users apparently relishing the platform's plans to sue the tech mogul and noting that he could soon be on the hook for a $1 billion termination penalty fee under the terms of the agreement. Some also pointed out that stock values for both Tesla and Twitter fell sharply in the months following the announcement of the deal.

The video closed by sarcastically praising Musk for his businesses and online antics and saying: "From robots to cybernetic implants, to AI, to space travel, to unfettered social media, Elon Musk is building a future that humanity only imagined in the movies and who wouldn't want to live there?

"That is why Elon Musk truly is a visionary future man."

Newsweek has contacted Musk for comment.

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Actor William Shatner during the 2021 Wizard World at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on October 17, 2021 in Rosemont, Illinois. Elon Musk arrives to the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Actor William Shatner has mocked billionaire Elon Musk and his legacy in a near-10-minute video reflecting on his many companies over the years. Barry Brecheisen and James Devaney/Getty