This Sunday, like every July 4, the Independence Day of the United States, a holiday during which North American citizens fly their flags as an act of national pride. Mark ZuckerbergHe decided to join the tradition, but he did it in a very particular way …
The CEO of Facebook was the subject of multiple criticism and ridiculeafter posting a video on Instagram where it appears waving a flag while surfing on his electric board to the sound of a popular song.
In the one minute ‘clip’ “Zuck” is seen as he balances on an expensive Flyboard in a lake, while waving an American flag.
The tribute is completed with a country themecalled “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, which was released in 1970 and is a classic of American music.
Although the magnate’s goal was apparently to send a message for the 4th of July, the scene that went viral on social networks was received with amazement and even outrage on the part of certain users.
“I saw it, so now you have to see it too. I am sorry. I didn’t make the rules, ”joked Leah McElrath, one of the first people to share the humor.
“I wish they could resurrect John Denver just so he could sue Mark Zuckerberg for this,” commented one netizen, while others criticized him for apparently trying to make a publicity stunt that favors their platforms.
Some users jokingly suggested that they did missing some elements in the video like “sharks” or a version where he “crashes into the side of a pier.”
“Here is Mark Zuckerberg proving that not only is he richer than you, but he is also more patriotic“wrote someone else.
For his part, a university professor pointed out that at least the controversial video of the Facebook co-founder offered Americans of different political tendencies the opportunity to join, “although not in the way he planned.”
Subscriber to memes
The image went viral in 2020.
The attitude of the Facebook CEO – for many it is part of a carefully planned strategy – often lends itself to memes, because of the ridiculousness of the situation.
In July 2020, a photo of Mark Zuckerberg riding this same electric surfboard went viral, with her face completely covered in – too much – sunscreen.
Almost a year after that image that ended up being a meme, the Facebook CEO himself tried to offer an explanation on the reason behind her “makeup”.
During an Instagram live chat with the app’s director, Adam Mosseri, Zuckerberg explained that being a pale-skinned person, you like to wear a lot of sunscreen to keep your skin safe while swimming or practicing water sports.
He also noted that, during the summer, he just wanted to relax in Hawaii, away from the public eye. So he slathered on an absurd amount of sunscreen in hopes of not being recognized and avoiding the paparazzi.