Dogecoin price crashes following Elon Musk’s SNL appearance

Posted: 10 May 2021 4:03 am

Following Musk’s debut on the popular sketch comedy show, DOGE plunges by nearly 30%.

  • During his appearance, the Tesla CEO jokingly referred to Dogecoin as a “hustle”
  • After the show premiered, Dogecoin’s value dropped from approximately $0.65 to around $0.44
  • Despite its recent dip, DOGE is still showcasing solid biweekly gains

After weeks of anticipation, meme coin DOGE finally got its moment when Tesla CEO Elon Musk — aka DogeFather — gave a shoutout to the digital currency when he guest-hosted the popular sketch show Saturday Night Live (SNL) over the weekend. But instead of the currency’s value surging as many had expected, DOGE proceeded to dip hard minutes after Musk’s appearance — dropping from approximately $0.65 to around $0.44. At press time, the token is trading for $0.51.

During the opening monologue, Maye Musk was seen jokingly telling her son that she hopefully won’t be getting any DOGE as part of her mother’s day gift. Shortly after the skit concluded, the Tesla CEO made an appearance as financial expert Lloyd Ostertag, repeatedly referring to his character as the “DogeFather.”

When asked by SNL cast member Michael Che what exactly Dogecoin was, Musk — who was in character at the time — repeatedly deflected the question, talking about DOGE’s history, token supply pool and other similar technicals rather than giving a straight answer. When pressed further, he stated that DOGE was as real as the US dollar, yet eventually agreed with Che’s conclusion that the cryptocurrency is a “hustle.”

The experts weigh in

Though Musk’s appearance stands to bring more attention to the crypto sector as a whole, Finder spoke with Sebastian Bürgel, founder of Ethereum-based privacy protocol HOPR about DOGE and what the future may have in store for the asset.

In his view, DOGE has made a serious name for itself in recent months and will most likely go down in crypto history for being the token that started off as a little joke but has suddenly transformed into a serious project. This is thanks in large part to Elon Musk’s constant online nudges and Twitter affirmations. Bürgel adds:

“DOGE used to be this fun little thing that people like Vitalik supported for the lulz, but that fun factor suddenly became very serious with Elon Musk actively influencing its price via Twitter. I’m certain it’s just a matter of time until the bubble bursts. There’s no utility there, just an empty — albeit fascinating — game of investment chicken, with everyone waiting as long as possible before cashing out.”

In his view — even though DOGE may be flying high right now — all those who have invested in the cryptocurrency need to realize quickly that the token is meant to be a joke and that it’s “not based on any real innovation.”

Looking ahead

DOGE’s value tanked within a matter of minutes after Musk’s appearance on SNL. Subsequently, the token began on its path to recovery. But with an increasing amount of uncertainty surrounding the meme coin at the moment, it remains to be seen whether the digital currency can reclaim its all-time high value of $0.73 any time soon.

Interested in cryptocurrency? Learn more about the basics with our beginner’s guide to Bitcoin, dive deeper by learning about Ethereum and see what blockchain can do with our simple guide to DeFi.

Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing

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