Days after billionaire Jeff Bezos announced he would be flying to space, multiple petitions have been launched to prevent the Amazon CEO’s return to Earth. Two of these petitions have collectively gathered over 56,000 signatures.
On June 7, Bezos said that he would be going to space with his brother Mark Bezos, when his space exploration company Blue Origin launches its first flight carrying humans. His announcement triggered a lot of memes and statements from netizens, but this petition is by far one of the most amusing things.
Titled “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth,” the petition was started by a user called “Ric G.” on change.org, a popular petition website. The opening statement of the petition reads, “Billionaire’s should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there.”
Started only two weeks ago, over 75,000 people have now signed the petition, becoming one of the top-signed petitions on the website.
Another petition that echoes the same sentiment has accumulated almost 20,000 signatures. The petitioner, in the description, linked Bezos to conspiracy theories, secret societies and comic villains, believing it as enough reason to prevent him from entering the planet. They theorised that Bezos was Lex Luthor, a fictional supervillain from the DC Comics universe. “He’s actually an evil overlord hellbent on global domination… This may be our last chance before they enable the 5G microchips and perform a mass takeover,” said the description.
Needless to say, netizens are quite amused by this turn of events and are sharing the petitions, asking others to sign them. Some are sharing hilarious reasons for not wanting Bezos back on earth.
“I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I wanted to do all my life,” said Bezos in the Instagram video. “It’s an adventure.” Memes erupted on social media after his announcement. He will take an 11-minute flight, about two weeks after he steps down as the CEO of Amazon.com inc.
This is not the only Jeff Bezos petition to make waves recently. Another petition asked Jeff Bezos to buy and eat Mona Liza gained a lot of traction.