Jeff Bezos has become the latest billionaire to reach the edge of space. Yet, instead of praise for attempting to simplify space travel, the world's richest person was mocked online for the comment he made upon returning to Earth. During a news conference Bezos thanked Amazon employees and customers for funding his space voyage.
"I want thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this. So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart, very much. It's very appreciated", he said.
His comment was first roasted by the US media, which noted that the $28 million ticket to space aboard the New Shepard rocket could have been spent on much important issues, before social media users began ridiculing him.
Remember kids: if you study hard, get good grades, go to a good college, get a job, work hard, never take a sick day, live within your means and do what you're told ... then one day your boss might go to space— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) July 12, 2021
Many users drew attention to what they described as poor working conditions at Amazon.
Jeff Bezos says the quiet part out loud.— Deaf not Dumb (@aulddawg75) July 20, 2021
"Without slave labor, I never would have made it to almost-space."
"Thank you for peeing in bottles, crapping in bags and buying into my anti-union propaganda so I could take a ride really high!"— Shep the Solstice Dude. (@cdshepard3) July 20, 2021
Others remembered a report by ProPublica in June that said Bezos, who according to Forbes' real-time billionaires' list is worth $200 billion, paid no taxes in 2007 and 2011.
The space race of the 1960s was fueled by American tax payers. This space race is fueled by non-tax payers.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos's space flight lasted 11 minutes— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) July 20, 2021
During the pandemic, every 11 minutes, he got about 1.6 million dollars richer
All while, Justin Trudeau allowed Amazon to pay $0 in taxes
It's time the ultra-rich pay their fair sharehttps://t.co/uhILFSSfxw
There were those who said there was nothing wrong with Bezos' comments.
Did anyone put a gun to Amazon customers heads? I don’t think so. If he wants to spend the money he made to go to space then more power to him. I seriously fail to see the issue.— Beach Head B82 (@GungHoB82) July 21, 2021
You're welcome Jeff!!! I will make sure to buy double the amount of items during next year's Amazon Prime day, ensuring the possibility of you going up to space again! I couldn't be more proud and honored to be an Amazon customer!— Kevin O (@notorious_KOB) July 20, 2021
Still other users made fun of Bezos' decision to wear a cowboy hat during his space trip.
Bezos' space trip came nine days after another billionaire, founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson flew to space on board a rocket manufactured by his company.