After Jeff Bezos announced his trip to space, multiple petitions were set up to stop the billionaire from returning to Earth. Of them, two petitions have garnered over 56,000 signatures collectively.
Amazon’s CEO Bezos announced on June 7 that he would be going to space along with his brother Mark Bezos when Blue Origin, his space exploration company launches its first flight carrying humans to space. The rocket will take off on July 20. Nevertheless, several change.org petitions have emerged and signed by thousands to ‘restrict’ billionaires from returning to the planet.
The most popular petition has about 39,000 signatures and it’s growing every minute. “Billionaires’ should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there,” said the description of the petition.
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.
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 flooded 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.
This is not the only Jeff Bezos petition to make waves recently. Another petition asked Jeff Bezos to buy and eat Mona Lisa gained a lot of traction.