VAN HORN, TEXAS – JULY 20: Jeff Bezos talks about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard in … [+]
When men experience a midlife crisis, the stereotypical reaction is to buy a shiny sports car. Apparently a missile ship was more appropriate for the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.
Undoubtedly, there was something Freudian about the shape of Bezos ‘rocket that shot him and three other passengers into the edge of space, apparently fulfilling a lifelong dream for the Amazon founder (Bezos’ farewell speech included a discussion of creating human colonies aboard space stations, according to Brad Stones The Everything Store).
The New Shepard Blue Origin missile takes off from the launch pad and carries Jeff Bezos along with his … [+]
Despite several petitions calling for Bezos to remain in orbit, the billionaire returned to Earth, stepped out of his rocket wearing a cowboy hat (is it obvious that Bezos was recently divorced?) And delivered an impressively deaf speech:
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and customer,” said Bezos, “because you paid for all of this … thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Overworked Amazon employees, who were reportedly forced to urinate in bottles, must have been overjoyed to see the fruits of their labor when their billionaire founder finally gets the chance to cosplay as a space cowboy.
Of course, the speech sparked significant backlash as comedians, politicians, and Twitter users all pointed to the bitter irony behind Bezos’ gratitude. On social media, Bezos has been repeatedly caught up with Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers film series, a bald megalomaniac who owned a famous phallic space rocket.
Others commented on the skewed priorities of the world’s richest person.
Responding to Bezos’ infamous speech, late-night host Stephen Colbert stated:
“It’s funny because he doesn’t pay taxes or his employees.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back Bezos on Twitter, writing:
“Yes, Amazon employees paid for it. With lower wages, union destruction, a hectic and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers who have no health insurance during a pandemic.”
Senator Bernie Sanders added to the criticism, writing on Twitter:
“Am I to be impressed that a billionaire flew into space while he was not paying federal income taxes for a number of years and workers at his company are struggling to pay their medical bills, rent, and food for their children? No It is time to invest in the working people here on earth. “
Bezos’ take on space tourism comes at a particularly bad time as sentiment against billionaires rises, fueled by rapidly growing wealth inequality.
While families are being driven out of their homes by rising rents and flooding rushes through residential streets, the billionaires find themselves in the middle of a space race under the smog-darkened sky of the devastating forest fires.
Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, recently flew just below the Kármán Line, the outer limit of the Earth’s atmosphere, while Elon Musk openly dreams of colonizing Mars – none of these entrepreneurs dreams of climate change or poverty with their overflowing coffers to fight? of gold?
Maybe someone should get the three space-obsessed billionaires a ruler before they start building monuments to themselves in orbit.