Elon Musk Wins the Internet With Bizarre ‘Uncle’ Dance at Tesla Factory in China
The meme lord is at it again.
Elon Musk sent a large audience — and later the greater internet — into a frenzy when he tried to pull a John Travolta during a Tesla presentation in Shanghai on Tuesday.
The 48-year-old, who shared a clip of it himself on Twitter, was celebrating the opening of a $2 billion Gigafactory in the city, as well as the first deliveries of locally-made Model 3 units to customers.
In the now-viral video, the tech mogul can be seen breaking into a “dance” as soon as he graced the stage, even ditching his blazer.
From the looks of it, he seemed to attempt an impression of Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever,” putting his hand in the air and waltzing around for some 40 seconds.
Musk has a good reason to be giddy — Tesla’s stock is performing well, up around 160% at an all-time high, months after hitting a 52-week low in June, according to CNN Business.
The billionaire is also fresh from a December ruling that favored him against a defamation suit filed by British caver Vernon Unsworth, whom he called a “pedo guy” in a tweet.
At the event, Musk also announced the Model Y, a less expensive SUV to be produced in the new Shanghai factory.
“Ultimately the Model Y will have more demand than probably all of the other cars of Tesla combined,” he told the crowd.
The Shanghai factory is currently assembling more than 1,000 cars a week, with an aim to double that rate this year, according to Bloomberg.
Tesla also plans to increase production to 150,000 Model 3 vehicles a year — about 3,000 a week — when the first phase of the factory is completed.