Jeff Bezos may have been dreaming of flying into space since he was a young boy, but I’m guessing those dreams didn’t include the backlash he’s received since his Blue Origin capsule landed for some of the bizarre things he said and done.
While some of it was harmless, like the ridiculous looking hat he wore that made him look like a space cowboy in a blue jumpsuit.
There was also the subject of the shape of the rocket that drew plenty of ridicule on social media throughout the day.
He was clearly giddy and beside himself with excitement upon landing in Texas, and his motor was running high during his press conference describing the flight.
It was then that he thanked every employee and customer of Amazon for essentially funding his trip, saying he wanted “to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this. So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart, very much.”
It was almost instantaneous when a lot of those employees and customers went sent out tweets asking for a refund.
But that was still nothing to the head-scratching moves he made with his checkbook. He unveiled his brand new “Courage and Civility Award” to recognize leaders who aim high and who pursue solutions with courage and who always do so with civility.
The reward was staggering, $100 million for two men to do whatever they want with it.
Celebrity chef Jose Andres, the founder of the World Central Kitchen that provides food for victims of natural disasters got $100 million.
So did CNN commentator Van Jones. What’s controversial is how Jones has in the past dubbed himself a communist according to reports. Fox News reported that he once called President Donald Trump’s election a “White-lash.”
All in all, a bizarre ending to an unusual day for the founder of Amazon.