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Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why He Had So Much Sunscreen On In Famous Picture

Amelia Ward

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Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why He Had So Much Sunscreen On In Famous Picture

Mark Zuckerberg has finally explained the reason behind that famous sunscreen photo - but it still makes no sense.


The Facebook founder has touched on the bizarre image before, but he has now fully explained his actions, saying he was using it as a disguise. I don't know about you, but I have even more questions now.

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.'

"And that backfired."

He went on to say - stating the absolute obvious - that 'no one needs to be wearing that much sunscreen'.

Adding: "I'm glad people can laugh about it. I laugh about it and I think it's pretty funny."

The now infamous image was taken in July 2020, and it sparked a huge influx of memes as people tried to make sense of what they had witnessed.

His other explanation for the image came out during a Q&A that took place in August 2020.

According to The Verge, he had previously said: "I'm not a person who's under the illusion that I look particularly cool at any point with what I'm doing.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"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 stood firm saying he is "not going to apologize for wearing too much sunscreen."

Adding: "I think that sunscreen is good, and I stand behind that."

Featured Image Credit: Mega

Topics: US News, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Amelia Ward
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