Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared an article about singer Billie Eilish walking outside one day and seeing a boy crying. She gives him a reel roll of a pair of air conditioning telling him he was destined to do great things, and the message concludes that the boy has grown up to be Elon Musk. The world’s richest man captioned it “Forever so grateful,” adding a teary-eyed emoticon at the end.
Musk previously shared this meme in 2019, captioning it “And I’m forever grateful.”
The 51-year-old entrepreneur is obviously much older than the 20-year-old American singer-songwriter. This is a meme format that disrupts the timeline by showing someone giving advice to a young boy or girl, who grows up to be a famous individual who is much older in real life than the one who give advice. A Reddit post includes a comment from a user, who says he doubts the Billie Eilish and Elon Musk story since “timeline and probability” don’t add up.
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The meme format has been around for quite some time and includes the likes of Lin Manuel Miranda, the American actor and playwright. It’s a meta joke where he walks down the street and sees a young boy crying, advises him to never give up on his dreams, and the little boy grows up to be Lin Manuel Miranda.
There is a version involving pop star Britney Spears telling a young boy to keep studying and he will achieve great things. The boy grows up to be Steve Jobs, who dropped out to start Apple.
There is yet another version which involves Markiplier shooting all the children’s legs because a legless Swedish child couldn’t play with it and was crying. Wiping away this boy’s tears, he tells him “Meme review,” and the boy grows up to be social media influencer Pewdiepie, according to the meme.
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Musk, who otherwise posts about the future of human civilization or asserts his political stance, is known to often indulge in memes and humor.