Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the images of him caked in sunscreen was a failed effort to disguise himself from the paparazzi while surfing in Hawaii.
Now-infamous images of the tech founder riding an eFoil surfboard went viral last year, drawing comparisons to Batman villain the Joker and others like Queen Elizabeth I, who died in 1603. Zuckerberg addressed the incident Tuesday in a livestreamed chat with Instagram boss Adam Mosseri, claiming he didn’t really think he needed all that sunscreen to protect against the burn.
Zuckerberg acknowledged that he’s “a pretty pale person” and he gets burned doing outside activities in places like Hawaii, adding that “it’s even more extreme than that.”
“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,’” Zuckerberg said. “And that backfired.”