- Joe Skipper / Reuters
- Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.”
- While Musk’s 4/20 joke seemed self-aware, it was the bizarre “funding secured” kicker that set Twitter into a frenzy.
- “Funding secured” quickly became a meme, with everyone on Twitter – including Carl’s Jr. and Busch Beer – making the same joke.
Elon Musk is being roasted on Twitter by everyone from a beer giant to Carl’s Jr.
On Tuesday, Musk sent both Tesla shareholders and Twitter into a frenzy with the tweet: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.”
Tesla shares spiked, resulting in Musk’s net worth skyrocketing to $25.8 billion.
And, on Twitter, the tweet had a different kind of impact – becoming an instant meme. While Musk seemed to be attempting to make a weed joke with the 4/20 reference, it was the tweet’s kicker that sent the internet spiraling out of control.
Suddenly, every tweet seemed to conclude with two words: “funding secured.”
Am considering getting @dominos delivery tonight. Funding secured.
— ฿ully esq. (@BullyEsq) August 7, 2018
Am considering taking the wife to dinner tonight. Funding secured.
— Matthew Argersinger (@MArgersinger) August 7, 2018
Am considering going to Chipotle. Funding secured.
— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) August 7, 2018
As is often the case, the brands were quick to get in on the fun.
Carl’s Jr. had a fry-centric proposal:
Lunchtime and I'm getting a LARGE fry. Funding secured.
— Carl's Jr. (@CarlsJr) August 8, 2018
And, Busch Beer said it was gearing up for a name change:
Are considering changing all Busch Light packaging to say Busch Latte. Funding secured.
— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) August 8, 2018
It is truly inspiring to see how many people have secured funding for their meals and have decided to make the same joke on Twitter.
I'm considering taking a grande latte for $4.20. Funding secured.
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) August 7, 2018
Heading to @Wawa for a late night snack. Funding secured.
— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) August 8, 2018
Am considering taking a sandwich private at 12:15. Funding secured.
— Jim Prosser ???? (@jimprosser) August 7, 2018
As for Tesla, legal experts told Business Insider that the “funding secured” tweet could raise some red flags – especially if any part of it is found to be untrue.