117,000 People Tell Jeff Bezos: Don’t Come Back From Space

Jeff Bezos

Well, it’s official. Lots of people seem to really hate Jeff Bezos.

As of this writing, two online petitions on Change.org have garnered nearly 117,000 signatures urging that the Amazon founder not be allowed to return to Earth during his July 20 trip to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule. (The petitions are here and here.)

“Billionaire’s should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there,” one petition says.

The other petition mentions Bezos’ eerie resemblance to Superman villain Lex Luthor and calls him “an evil overlord hellbent on global domination….This may be our last chance before they enable the 5G microchips and perform a mass takeover.”

Wow. So much at stake. And so little actual power. The cry of more than 100,000 merely shows their inability to really do anything but vent their anger.

This mass populist outrage will have no effect on actual events. Since New Shepard lacks the power to send Bezos into orbit, the odds of stranding the billionaire in space permanently are exactly zero. The vehicle will up and then come down, all in the space of 10 to 11 minutes. Bezos, his brother Mark, an anonymous bidder paying $29.68 million for a seat, and a fourth person yet to be revealed will be returning to Earth regardless of how many people sign the petition.