The billionaire owner of Tesla, Elon Musk revealed that he has Asperger syndrome while presenting the famous comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).
The 49-year-old told viewers that he is “the first person with Asperger’s” to ever present the longest-running show.
People with Asperger’s tend to interpret their environment differently from other people. This is the first time Musk has spoken publicly about his disorder.
The tech mogul took over the show last night, following the example of hundreds of celebrities who have been in his place since 1970, when SNL made its television debut.
“I do not always have much emphasis or variation on the way I speak; which, from what I am told, is good when it comes to comedy,” he joked in his opening monologue. “I’re really writing history tonight as the first person with Asperger to present on SNL.”
His comment provoked applause from the studio audience.
Musk, who has more than 53 million followers on Twitter, also joked about using social media. He has faced criticism, even legal threats, for his tweets in the past.
“Look, I know I sometimes say or post weird things, but that’s how my brain works,” he said. “To anyone who has been infected, I just want to mention that I re-invented electric cars and sent people to Mars with a rocket. Did you think I would be a relaxed, normal guy? ”
What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger syndrome, also known as Asperger’s disorder or simply Asperger’s, is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and verbal communication, while manifesting limited and repetitive behaviors and interests.
It differs from other autism spectrum disorders due to the relative maintenance of language and cognitive development. Physical awkwardness and informal use of the tongue are often cited as symptoms, but are not required to diagnose the syndrome.