Recently a petition that Jeff Bezos should not be allowed to reenter earth after he leaves for space was posted on the Change website. The petition that was put up online and called for signatures started as a joke but has already gained several thousand signatures and the numbers keep increasing. Jeff Bezos is set to make his first journey to space on July 20.
Jose Ortiz, the creator of the petition, said that Bezos’ flight next month would give the world a chance to keep him in space. He joked that governments stand by and watch as he takes over the world just like the evil fiction figure Lex Luther, to whom he has been compared with in the past.
The petition with the title “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Reentry to Earth” has caught flight and gained thousands of signatures totaling almost ten thousand at the time of writing this article. One signatory also asked Bezos to take Elon Musk along with him.
Amazon’s boss has been called out once to often for his policies, whether it is antitrust policies or low wages for workers, or constant surveillance of workers or overwork. He was also mentioned by ProPublica as one of the billionaires who paid almost zero tax.
Bezos has reportedly been investing $1 billion a year from his $130 billion for his space projects. The project, called Blue Origin, has completed 15 unmanned flights to date. Bezos is planning to fly with his brother and an unnamed mystery guest on July 20, 2021 to space. The trio will be passengers on its first flight with crew. They will fly on the autonomous spacecraft New Shepherd.
The trio of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson, three brash billionaires have been trying to outsmart each other with their space ventures. Richard Branson is also reportedly planning to fly to space on July 4.
These billionaires pour in huge amounts of amounts for space travel while the companies they run treat earthlings as if they are indispensable. This could be the reason why the petition which started as a joke is becoming so popular.
Many news agencies have reached out to Amazon for comment as Bezos is still the top honcho, though he plans to step down before his space flight, but none of them have received a response.