When you hold the unique title of the world’s richest man, (or second richest) you’re going to have to live with people taking shots at you.
Not the kind that put your life in jeopardy; just thinly veiled (and not so thinly veiled) insults and accusations.
A new petition, though, asks for authorities to keep Amazon founder Jeff Bezos from re-entering Earth’s population – they want this Blue Origin (also Bezos’ company) space flight to be a one-way trip.
The idea, begun via Change.org last week, is (probably) meant to be tongue-in-cheek, of course, but technically, it aims to block re-entry to Earth.
As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had collected more than 10,100 signatures. It would become among Change.org’s top trending petitions at 15,000 signatures.
“Jeff Bezos is actually Lex Luthor, disguised as the supposed owner of a super successful online retail store. However, he’s actually an evil overlord hellbent on global domination,” wrote Jose Ortiz, organizer of the drive.
“It’s the only way they’ll allow him to leave the atmosphere. Meanwhile, our government stands by and lets it happen.”
Another petition, “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth,” also is now up and running with 9,000 signatures.
Bezos announced via social media last week he and his brother – along with the winner of an auction (winning bid: $28 million) and a TBA fourth passenger – would be the first on this suborbital ride July 20.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” he said on his Instagram. “If you see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one earth.”
The New Shepard — named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard — has 15 successful unmanned flights to its credit.