Jeff Bezos is going to space, and more than 150,000 people want him to stay there. The Amazon founder is retiring from his role as CEO of the most important company on the planet so he can leave…the planet. He is set to launch into space as part of his mission with Blue Origin, his outer space company (every billionaire’s gotta have one), after shedding both his job and his wife.
And the internet, being the internet, has started a petition to keep him up there. A Change.org petition, “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth” has amassed 152,000 (and counting) signatures.
Bezos said it’s been his dream since he was 5-years-old to go to space, and when you’re so dang rich you can fulfill the dreams you had WHEN YOU WERE FIVE YEARS OLD, that’s a sign you have too much money. If I can someday purchase the entire Chicago Bulls franchise to make myself the point guard, I too will have reached the “evil billionaire” wealth stage.
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“To see the Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity, it’s one Earth,” Bezos said. “I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”
People are fine with that, they just don’t like the part about him coming back. The petition talks about how billionaires shouldn’t exist, etc., etc. but does make a poignant point about how the billionaire space race is a ‘slap in the face’ to working-class folks living paycheck to paycheck. People are consumed with making sure they have enough for their families and their futures while working some jobs that do not pay well but are run by executives who are mainly concerned about vacationing on Mars.
You don’t have to go full in on the populist message, though, petitions like this are just fun to be a part of. Anytime you can go on the record as requesting someone not be allowed to RETURN TO EARTH you just kinda roll with it. You might as well make your voice heard, that if a tech CEO wants to leave orbit, he must not be allowed to return.
The petition is poised to become one of the most signed at Change dot org, and I’m sure Bezos no longer possesses the capacity to care even a little bit. The billionaire will leave Earth, and what happens after that will be up in the air (if you can’t end with a dad pun what are we even doing here).