Elon Musk is about to do another crossover with Rick and Morty, and this time, the dubious meme lord PewDiePie is expected to join. Together, it’s an unholy alliance that might just cause the internet’s collective head to explode. But is the eccentric, nerdy billionaire just making a trolling joke? One thing’s for sure, it’s tragically too late for us to do anything to stop Musk, PewDiePie, and Justin Roiland from gathering in one place, according to a recently shared image on Twitter.
On Monday, Elon Musk posted a bizarre tweet that reads, “Did meme review last night with Justin Roiland from @RickandMorty.” It’s connected to his late January tweet that featured a photo of himself wielding what’s either a large flamethrower or some kind of really big gun captioned “Host meme review?”
Trying to figure out what all of this means feels like a bewildering segment of “Yes, Yes, No” on the Reply All podcast (where they try to explain complex, meme-ridden tweets). This situation requires several layers of internet- and meme-based knowledge along with months and months of convoluted history.
Here we go.
For months, renowned YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has been embroiled in a war with T-Series, an India-based music company, over which account remains the biggest on YouTube in terms of subscribers. (Current subscription numbers: PewDiePie — 86,346,312, T-Series — 86,336,594.)
Seemingly as part of a grassroots campaign to enshrine PewDiePie’s lead, tons of fans began pestering Elon Musk circa October 2018 to “host meme review,” referring to a series of videos — “Meme Review” — in which PewDiePie reviews memes and somehow kills them by clapping twice. (The internet is a weird place.) Since then, tons of comments appear below almost every Elon Musk tweet, peppered with people just saying “host meme review” over and over again.
The hope was that if Elon Musk co-hosted an episode of PewDiePie’s, such a publicity stunt would be enough to skyrocket PewDiePie’s subscription numbers to a place where he’d be safe from T-Series’ encroachment. But what they failed to realize is that the project, brought to fruition, could also destroy the universe as we know it.
Now, Musk is saying not only that he did indeed host “Meme Review,” but that Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland also joined in!? It sounds too good to be true to a lot of people, but we live in a world where Fortnite: Battle Royale once had an Avengers: Infinity War crossover, so anything is possible.
Musk has a longstanding history as a Rick and Morty fan, most recently citing in late January how Rick and Morty inspired certain safety precautions on Tesla vehicles. He even met the series co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon at least once before.
So it hardly seems a stretch, then, that the two met up with PewDiePie to roast some memes in a 10- to 15-minute YouTube video that’ll get millions upon millions of views — assuming it actually happened.
Of course, more than arguably any internet CEO, Musk knows exactly how to send the internet into a frenzy. Wielding casual Rick and Morty mentions because he knows exactly how the internet will react is also a possibility, even if there’s no actual episode in the works.