“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer for paying for all of this,” the billionaire said.
And while the remark sounded like a joke, many on Twitter didn’t find it funny.
Space Cowboy Jeff Bezos cuts a heel promo immediately after returning from space …
“Hey… THANKS FOR PAYING FOR MY SPACE FUN NERDS” pic.twitter.com/kkvB90PMiZ
– Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos was really like “your stolen paycheck made this possible!”
– Wagatwe Wanjuki 🇧🇸 (@wagatwe) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos’ space flight lasted 11 minutes. On average, he got richer by $ 1.6 million every 11 minutes during the pandemic.
An Amazon warehouse worker could work 50 years and still not make $ 1.6 million. And they get no paid sick leave in the event of a pandemic.
– Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos dismantled unions so that the personal wealth he earned as a shareholder by paying his workers lower wages would finance, among other things, his trip to space. https://t.co/JYJQYYVY3h
– Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos has just expressed the honest truth that too few of us in the media are willing to express: his trip was paid for not only by Amazon customers, but also by Amazon employees – in the form of wages and protections retained. pic.twitter.com/524mH61MCT
– Anand Giridharadas @ The.Ink (@AnandWrites) July 20, 2021
Correction: Employees didn’t pay for it – their wages were stolen to pay for a billionaire’s space vacation.
Jeff Bezos can thank his workers by treating them with dignity and paying them fair wages… and he can thank us all by paying his bloody taxes. https://t.co/tDrrDlOYq5
– Nina Turner (@ninaturner) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos crushed union organizing attempts for decades.
Amazon employees don’t need Bezos to thank them. They need him to stop the dismantling of unions and pay them what they deserve. https://t.co/HwHYibghHl
– Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos was in space longer than Amazon employees could pee
– Adam (@adamgreattweet) July 20, 2021