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Elon Musk Is Eager to Meet His Chinese Doppelganger Yilong Musk

Mere days after Elon Musk shocked the world by acquiring Twitter, the billionaire generated online buzz again — this time, by expressing his desire to meet his Chinese doppelganger Yilong Musk (alias).

“I’d like to meet this guy (if he is real). Hard to tell with deepfakes these days,” tweeted Musk.

Musk’s Chinese lookalike surfaced on TikTok in December 2021, which prompted the real Musk to make a ‘dad joke‘ about the possibility of himself being partly Chinese.

The doppelganger struck again recently by posting a video of himself with a budget cut-out of Larry T Bird, aka the Twitter bird — an unmistakable response to the business magnate’s acquisition of Twitter.

News of Tesla Motors’ CEO wanting to meet his ‘twin’ has made waves on Weibo, with its related hashtag accumulating more than 100 million views.

Many Chinese netizens have expressed their awe over the resemblance. “I really think Yilong Musk is Elon Musk’s lost brother,” reads one post.

Others have remained skeptical. “It is so obvious he is a deepfake. There is no doubt about it,” reads the most upvoted comment under a debate on the veracity of Yilong Musk’s looks.

Is Yilong Musk real? Until Elon Musk pays him a visit, we may never know.

Cover image via Douyin

This post was last modified on May 11, 2022 10:02 am

Born and raised in China, Kayla received her BA in Communications and Public Service from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently works as a staff writer at RADII and is passionate about telling stories related to social issues women's empowerment. You can find her exploring coffee shops in Shanghai in her free time or rushing for Duffy and Friends plush toys at Shanghai Disneyland.