Chinese Elon Musk or Yi Long Musk on TikTok next to an actual image of Elon.

Chinese Elon Musk / Elong Musk

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Updated Apr 28, 2022 at 02:54PM EDT by Owen.

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Chinese Elon Musk, also known as Yi Long Musk or Elong Musk, refers to a Chinese lookalike or doppelganger of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The man first went viral on Douyin, China's version of TikTok, in late 2021. He trended going into 2022 due to his uncanny resemblance to the billionaire, however, many online believed he was a deepfake using AI technology to replace his face with Musk's.

Origin

On December 3rd, 2021, a Douyin[10] user named masikexiaomi posted a video that received roughly 6,500 likes in four months, revealing himself as a Chinese lookalike of Elon Musk, standing in the driver-side door of a sports car and speaking Mandarin to the camera, smiling and not moving much.

On December 8th, 2021, Facebook[1] user Kcho How reposted the video to the Facebook group KL娱乐站, which included a screen-recording of the TikTok, captioning it, "The Chinese Mountain Elon Musk is still the same." Over the course of four months, the post received roughly 1,000 reactions and 1,900 shares (shown below). It can also be seen in the post that the TikTok received roughly 78,600 likes by December 8th.



In the comment section of the Facebook post, the user John Joemarie Muyco commented "Yi Long Musk," being the first to associate the nickname with him (shown below). Additionally, users in the comment section were already skeptical, labeling the video as a deepfake.


Kevin Leones Deepfake Like Reply Share 13w John Joemarie Muyco Yi Long Musk Like Reply Share 14w

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On December 13th, 2021, the video was reposted to 9GAG, [2] earning over 530 upvotes in four months. Internet users continued to insist it was a deepfake despite there being no evidence to support the claim.

Memes were made about Chinese Elon Musk relating him to other, Chinese versions of western celebrities like John Xina and memes about China's Social Credit System. For instance, on December 15th, 2021, Redditor Shinigami42069 posted a meme to /r/shitposting[8] that earned roughly 1,700 likes in four months (shown below).


What enough social credit does to a mf +270,967214,485

On December 18th, 2021, the man behind Yi Long Musk created a new TikTok account with the username mayilong0, uploading his first TikTok[3] on that day, receiving roughly 97,500 plays and 1,400 likes in four months (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7042946243156282629

On December 19th, 2021, Twitter[4] user imoriginalankit replied to an Elon Musk tweet with a side-by-side image of him and his doppelganger, earning roughly 2,500 likes in four months (shown below). Elon Musk then replied[5] to his reply, stating, "Maybe I’m partly Chinese!" earning roughly 9,000 likes in the same amount of time (also shown below).


Elon Musk For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year @elonmusk Β· Dec 19, 2021 58K L7 73.5K 603.6K Tip Ankit @imoriginalankit Β· Dec 19, 2021 ... Bild Au Bild Sonntag RVCJ www.RVCJ.COM 106 17 159 2,588 A Tip Elon Musk β€’.. @elonmusk Replying to @imoriginalankit Maybe l'm partly Chinese! 9:25 PM Β· Dec 19, 2021 Β· Twitter for iPhone 477 Retweets 178 Quote Tweets 9,020 Likes

Chinese Elon Musk's TikTok went dormant for roughly two months, finally uploading a follow-up TikTok[6] on February 7th, 2022. The video (shown below, left) received roughly 568,700 plays and 16,000 likes in one month. On February 19th, 2022, Yi Long Musk, now going by Elong Musk, uploaded another video to TikTok,[7] wherein he speaks English for the first time. Additionally, he started the video wearing sunglasses, taking them off early in the video, most likely as an attempt to disprove deepfake skepticism. The video (shown below, right) received roughly 366,000 plays and 13,500 likes in one month.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7062010033063742722
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7066481490296687873

Elong Musk continued to post TikToks going into March 2022, making jokes about starting "SpaceY" [9] among other reversals of Elon Musk's life. Elong Musk has also continued his presence on his original Douyin[11] account.

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7043763709386247429
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7069268240844803329
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7070600402915298606

Search Interest

External References

[1] Facebook – Kcho How

[2] 9GAG – Chinese Man Goes Viral For Looking Exactly Like Elon Musk

[3] TikTok – @mayilong0

[4] Twitter – @imoriginalankit

[5] Twitter – @elonmusk

[6] TikTok – @mayilong0

[7] TikTok – @mayilong0

[8] Reddit – /r/shitposting

[9] TikTok – @lisatalk_

[10] Douyin – @masikexiaomi

[11] Douyin – @masikexiaomi

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