The Facebook founder became a meme when a photo captured him wearing a thick layer of sunscreen on his face.
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Mark Zuckerberg has finally given us an explanation for the infamous sunscreen photo that turned into a meme - but we’re still just as confused.
In the past, the Facebook founder has referenced the bizarre image, but he has never offered a full explanation for his actions... until now.
His reason being that he was using the sunscreen as a disguise.
It’s fair to say that the “disguise” didn’t work and actually had the opposite effect when the image was shared all over social media and is still mentioned to this day.
Speaking during a recent Instagram Live session, he said: “I really should have thought that one through more. I noticed there was this paparazzi guy following us and, so I was like, ‘Oh I don’t want him to recognize me so you know what I’m gonna do? I’m just gonna put a ton of sunscreen on my face.’
The billionaire previously referenced the photo in Q&A, one month after the photo was taken in August 2020.
According to The Verge, he said: “I’m not a person who’s under the illusion that I look particularly cool at any point with what I’m doing.
“But when you’re eFoiling down the coast of Hawaii, and it’s beautiful and it just feels like it’s awesome - and then you come back online and you see that’s the photo, that’s what you look like - it’s like, OK. Alright. That’s maybe quite a bit more sunscreen than I thought I was wearing.”
He also said that he was “not going to apologize for wearing too much sunscreen.”
“I think that sunscreen is good, and I stand behind that,” he reaffirmed.