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Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL), where the tech billionaire revealed he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

“I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak, which I’m told makes for great comedy,” he said, before adding, “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL. Or at least the first person to admit it.”

Actually, former “SNL” cast member Dan Akroyd also had the disorder.

Critics ripped Musk for not apologizing for comments he made about the Covid-19 vaccine or transgenders.

Despite the criticism, over 3 million people viewed a YouTube video of his monologue over the weekend.
 

What is Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome — also known as high-functioning autism — is a developmental disability that affects many people in many different ways. In fact, many adults with Asperger’s are never diagnosed.

Some adults are only diagnosed with Asperger’s when their symptoms interfere with their personal and work relationships.

“People with Asperger syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people,” according to the British National Autistic Society.

“Look, I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works,” Musk said during the SNL episode.

High functioning autism (HFA) generally refers to autistic people who have significantly developed language and independent living skills. They may seem normal because they tend to be highly intelligent, very successful in life, or have a special talent that sets then apart from others.

However, as children they are obsessed with a particular subject or activity, and become upset when that activity is interrupted.

Doctors and parents miss the signs and symptoms of HFA in childhood because the child seems normal except for their obsession with a particular subject or activity. Many HFA children channel their obsessions into successful careers.

Those with Asperger’s may also find it difficult to express their feelings, but can be more empathetic or emotionally aware than non-autistic people.

Autism is diagnosed in toddlers and adolescents who have difficulty with interpersonal and communications skills.

Starting in the 1990s, milder forms of autism were recognized in adults, including high-functioning autism.
 

Signs and Symptoms of High-Functioning Autism

Below are some of the signs and symptoms of high-functioning autism (this is not a complete list).

1. Socially awkward

2. Hyper sensitive to bright lights or certain noises (loud music)

3. Depression or anxiety

4. Repetitive actions or behaviors

5. Easily upset when a task is interrupted in the middle

6. Can’t handle even minor changes

7. Prefer to be alone

8. Mood swings

9. 70% surveyed say they are LGBT+

10. Repeats words or phrases during conversations

11. Intensely focused on specific interests (gaming, social media, etc.)

12. Have a talent or gift (art, music, writing, etc.)

13. Have a tough time interacting with others

14. Have trouble maintaining eye contact

15. Staring disorder
You sometimes stare without realizing it (until someone tells you or reacts negatively)
 

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1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones REFUSES to teach at UNC Chapel Hill after ‘powerful donor’ blocked her tenure

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Nikole Hannah-Jones is refusing to teach at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill after her tenure was blocked following her controversial work on the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project is named for the year the first African slaves were brought to the English colony of Virginia.

Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the 1619 Project, a collection of essays, podcasts and poems developed by Hannah-Jones, writers from The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine.

The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history” by declaring the birth of the nation occurred when African slaves first arrived on America’s shores.

Scholars criticized the 1619 Project, and even The New York Times disputed the date of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans.

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In this historical photo, freed slaves are pictured on the deck of the USS Vermont. The U.S. Navy hired freed slaves during the Civil War in 1861.

Last year, Hannah-Jones was invited to teach at her alma mater the UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism.

The Knight Chair is usually offered tenure — a guaranteed permanent teaching position at the school.

The last two Knight Chairs were granted tenure upon their appointments.

However, Hannah-Jones was furious to learn her application for tenure had been rejected by the University Board of Trustees.

Walter E. Hussman Jr., a millionaire news mogul who donated $25 million to the journalism school named after him, was among the donors who objected to Hannah-Jones’ hiring.

The donors criticized the validity of the 1619 Project and questioned Hannah-Jones’s credentials.

The decision faced backlash from her peers in the new industry, students and athletes, who wrote letters supporting her.

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Kodak Black probably shouldn’t have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe’s fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team’s yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: “I’m Ouchea 24 a Day I’m Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant… #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now.”

Kobe’s fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: “The helicopter not sitting right w me.”

Another wrote: “The man and his daughter died in one.”

And a third user wrote: “I think the helicopter was a little to much.”

But some of Kodak’s followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: “He honoring him if anything.”

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Lori Harvey concealed her toned midriff as she headed to a pilates class in West Hollywood on Monday.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka enjoyed dinner with rapper boyfriend Cordae at celebrity hot spot Catch LA in West Hollywood on Sunday, after she withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships. Play begins on June 28. Naomi also withdrew from the French Open after refusing to participate in post-match press conferences.

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America’s A-list couple Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber shared a romantic dinner, after attending a reception for French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Fans slammed Justin and Hailey for dressing inappropriately to meet with the president. Hailey wore a club dress by LaQuan Smith, while Justin opted for a grey business suit with a pair of blue and white Nike Dunk sneakers.

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Alex Rodriguez stopped to take a selfie with a fan after having lunch with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Alex and Cynthia (not pictured) were joined by their kids Natasha Alexander Rodriguez and Ella Alexander Rodriguez for lunch at Bar Pitti.

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American tennis star Venus Williams was spotted out and about in the South of France wearing a Louis Vuitton cropped jacket, black leggings, a black bonnet and a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions in Europe.

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