From sexual harassment allegations to some shaky behavior surrounding his intention to buy Twitter (TWTR) – Get Twitter, Inc. reportssome longtime fans of Tesla (TSLA) – Get Tesla Inc report Boss Elon Musk wants to know if he’s as smart as he used to be.
With his dedication to innovation, free speech, and expressing his opinions as loudly and consistently as possible, Musk has built a massive social media presence that has garnered a legion of followers.
But while many see Musk as some sort of futuristic tech prophet, some Americans are now disillusioned with him.
But if Musk is even frustrated by it and can’t cheer up for his large sum of money, he can look to other countries to elevate his ego, where fans love him so much that they go out of their way to be noticed by him.
One of them actually caught Musk’s attention after posting a video of himself on social media, possibly because the man appeared to be a spitting image of Musk himself at first glance.
The resemblance is so striking that Musk responded to the video via Twitter in December 2021.
Who is this Elon Musk doppelganger anyway?
The Tesla-like man is named Ma Yilong, although he uses the name Elong Musk on social media.
However, his content must have offended TikTok owner ByteDance, as his accounts on Chinese social media sites Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok) and Weibo (the Twitter-like platform used by Asian countries) have been banned.
In response, Jack Ma moved all of his content to TikTok, which has not yet banned it. All his uploaded videos have millions of views.
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Jack Ma clearly wants Musk to notice him again.
His latest post shows him in a suit standing next to a black Tesla, with the caption: “I want to take my brother for a ride on my Tesla!”
But it seems Musk doesn’t believe Jack Ma is really a real person, responding to a user on Twitter who posted a photo of the two side-by-side.
Musk has a point.
Deepfake technology, which uses artificial intelligence to identify patterns in data and replicate a person’s facial movements, is reaching a new point of realism, and Jack Ma may just be taking advantage of it.
Musician Kendrick Lamar’s latest video, “The Heart Part 5,” uses the technology to create stunning effects, with Lamar perfectly transformed into several other black people in it, including Kanye West and OJ Simpson , a testament to how easy it is to “be” someone else these days.
Jack Ma isn’t the only fan who uses similarity to grab the attention of celebrities.
Oli London is a non-binary British internet celebrity who admires South Korean superstar band BTS member Park Jimin so much that they had plastic surgery to mimic the artist and even had their eyes redone to look like Asian ones.
Since the surgery, London has officially auditioned for BTS’s parent company, Big Hit, with what they believe to be “interracial”.
“I want to make Jimin proud too,” London said in a YouTube video after the surgery. “Jimin is my ultimate idol and I want him to be proud. I’m sure he will be proud that I look exactly like him now.”