Musk’s surprise four-second appearance at a video game tournament drew boos and the crowd chanted, “Bring back Twitter.” Britta Pedersen-Pool/Getty Images
- Elon Musk appeared for a brief four seconds at the Valorant World Championship finals in Los Angeles.
- The spectators quickly erupted in loud mockery. A clip of the crowd chanting “Bring back Twitter” went viral on X.
- “Where does it come from? It certainly can’t come from here,” said one of the commentators, trying to draw the audience’s attention back to the game.
Elon Musk, the owner of
A clip of his performance, shared on Saturday by X user Jake Luckyhas since garnered over 7 million views on the platform.
A dimly lit clip shows a snippet of commentators discussing the game’s previous game, when the camera suddenly pans to Elon Musk in the audience.
Musk – who appeared to be clapping – appeared on screen for about four seconds. It prompted loud boos that continued even after the broadcast was reduced to the game.
“Where does it come from? It certainly can’t come from here,” said one of the commentators, trying to draw the audience’s attention back to the game.
Musk attended the event at the KIA Forum in Los Angeles with his son, with whom he posed for photos outside the arena. It is unclear which of his nine children attended the event with him.
Though Musk’s unannounced appearance was brief, it didn’t go unnoticed on the internet.
Over 3 million people watched the live broadcast of the tournament on the streaming platform Twitch, and clips of his performance have drawn ridicule from X users.
“Getting booed by Valorant players is like getting wedgies from the anime club in middle school.” said X user @Bolverk15 on Sundayin a post that has now been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
Musk announced in July that Twitter would change its name to X.
The controversial renaming led to the site being temporarily banned in Indonesia due to anti-porn and gambling laws there.
Analysts and branding agencies also criticized the move, estimating that the loss of the Twitter brand could cost the company anywhere from $4 billion to $20 billion.
And a month later, major brands appear to have mostly ignored the change, with just one of the top 25 advertisers in the US switching to the platform’s new X icon, Insider reported Tuesday.
Elon Musk didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, which was sent outside of regular business hours.
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