Here’s What Happened When Elon Musk Met A’ Silicon Valley’ Star

We’ve just got more evidence that Elon Musk If the billionaire entrepreneur’s recent assert that everyone is live in a video gamewasn’t enough to convince you of this, then consider exhibit two: Musk’s totally embarrassing exchange with “Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller in 2014. Miller, who plays the startup founder Erlich Bachman on the display, gratified Musk at an after-party for “Silicon Valley” in Redwood City, California. Musk, who is used to get his way, apparently presumed Miller would prove some deference to the Silicon Valley giant. Miller didn’t. The actor said he refused to toady to the billionaire entrepreneur and didn’t even acknowledge the guy. When Musk offered to give Miller some advice about the display, the”Silicon Valley” star dismissed it out of hand. And when a woman approached the pair asking for a photo, it wasn’t Musks’s mug she wanted, but Miller’s. Here’s the full, side-splitting exchange, which Miller recounted to The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz on Thursday:

If you’re Musk, imagine how galling that would be. You’re the guy who constructed electric cars commercially viable, you own a company that sends rocketsinto space and you’re worth billions of dollars. Then you meet the guy who played Ranger Jones in “Yogi Bear” — and he gets all the love. Ouch. The exchange was actually pretty perfect, though. MIller’s character on “Silicon Valley” is an arrogant startup founder whose swaggering confidence constructs him a pretty close ringer for Musk, if not an outright parody of the billionaire’s puffed-up persona. Miller is definitely having a moment, but he still doesn’t enjoy the kind of admiration lavished on Musk by the( predominantly tech) media. The fact that a TV actor seems most famous than the man who seems to think he’s single-handedly changing the world constructs the satire of “Silicon Valley” all the more biting. It’s not uncommon for titans of the real world to get eclipsed by their more charismatic on-screen imitators. Think of the way Stephen Colbert‘s satirical punditry overshadowed folks like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity at Fox News. But what’s perfect about Miller’s exchange with Musk is that it captures precisely the position that “Silicon Valley” so elegantly skewers — the inflated sense of self we’ve come to associate with San Francisco Bay Area tech types. Read more:

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