Elon Musk says he would like to meet his Chinese lookalike, Yilong Ma.
Musk, however, wondered if the man was a “deepfake”, saying it was “hard to tell”.
Ma, meanwhile, responded to Musk on social media, writing, “Love you. You are my hero.”
Elon Musk says he would like to meet his Chinese lookalike, a man from Hebei province in northeast China, if he is real.
Musk was responding this week to a Twitter user who suggested China’s “Elon Musk” might be a “decoy” for the real deal.
“I would like to meet this guy (if he is real). Hard to tell with deepfakes these days,” Musk tweeted.
Ma, who bears a striking resemblance to Musk, first went viral on Chinese TikTok, Douyin, after a video of him standing next to a luxury car surfaced on the platform. The video found its way to Musk, prompting the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to joke on Dec. 20, 2021, that he may be “partly Chinese”.
Ma now has a TikTok account under the username “Elong Musk”, which has over 230,000 followers. Since then, he has posted several videos on TikTok, including an introductory video where he introduces himself as “Chinese Elon Musk”.
Ma also weighed in on Musk’s high-profile acquisition of Twitter, posting a TikTok video where he animatedly points to an impression of the Twitter icon, calling it “my bird!”
Ma’s most recent video, posted this week, appears to show him trying to speak English. He uploaded it with the caption: “Actually, I don’t know what I’m talking about, please forgive me.”
For his part, Ma responded to Musk’s overtures, saying he would also like to meet him.
“I am here. I also really want to see you! I love you, you are my hero,” Ma wrote on Chinese Twitter Weibo on Tuesday.
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