Elon Musk's girlfriend, pop singer Grimes, has revealed that she had to be hospitalized after suffering a panic attack shortly after making an appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
Grimes, also known as Claire Boucher, made a cameo on the show alongside Musk, who was serving as a guest host. In one skit, Musk plays the Nintendo character Wario, while Grimes plays Princess Peach. While it appeared to go down well with the audience, Musk's comical character soon became the basis of countless memes, and the skit itself was mentioned in reviews. Then, on Monday, Grimes suffered a crippling panic attack.
"Forgot to post these cuz I somehow caused myself to have a panic attack and went to the hospital yesterday which tbh was quite scary and I suppose it’s a good time to start therapy," she wrote in an Instagram post that included photos of herself in costume alongside guest performer Miley Cyrus.
"But nonetheless - wowwwww @mileycyrus is good live and so chill! So grateful to the SNL team for being so kind and letting me sneak in as princess peach and so proud of my beautiful E (which I know will upset the grimes fans so I apologize in advance) but he killed it," she added.
Grimes did not explain what sparked the panic attack but, on Monday, Kathryn VanArendonk of Vulture described the skit as "pretty lackluster."
"Wario on trial for murdering Mario, complaining that he was being unfairly stereotyped. 'I’m-a not-a evil,' Musk-as-Wario says on the stand. 'I’m-a just misunderstood,'" VanArendonk wrote. "The audience laughs obligingly. He’s Wario! Of course he’s evil! But also, isn’t it funny to think about such a one-note absurdist character having feelings? Isn’t it so nakedly silly to look at this caricature with a ridiculous mustache and imagine him as a human being?"
News that Musk would be guest hosting "SNL" drew backlash from cast members. In an Instagram story, Andrew Dismuke wrote, "Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri," according to CNN Business. The text was posted over a photo of former "SNL" cast member Cheri Oteri.
Sharing a tweet that Musk posted stating, "Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is," Bowen Yang wondered on Instagram "What the f**k does this even mean?"
Pete Davidson, meanwhile, defended Musk during an appearance on Tuesday's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," saying he did not understand what all the commotion was about.
"What's the big deal?" Davidson asked, according to Fox Business. "I don't know why people are freaking out," he continued. "They're like, ‘Oh I can't believe that Elon Musk is hosting!' And I'm like, the guy that makes the Earth better, kind of, and makes cool things and sends people to Mars?"
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