No rest for the restless, billionaire edgelord Elon Musk's coronavirus quarantine isn't so different from the rest of ours. He's welcomed a newborn into the world, turned the child into a meme with an unpronounceable name, and called the California government a "fascist" state for imposing shelter-in-place orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After reopening his plants Tuesday, a defiant victory for the Tesla-owner, he tweeted a photograph of, as he put it, "Ice cream sundae in a martini glass" from family-style Italian chain restaurant Bucca di Beppo. Why did he do this, you ask? Because "life should be lived," according to Musk.
Life should be lived
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2020
Nothing says "life being lived" like a trip to Bucca.
Some viewers were quick to point out that Musk had apparently used a photograph originally posted by the Instagram food blogger @theepisodiceater.
One eagle-eyed Twitter user shared the images side-by-side, pointing out the Episodic Eater watermarks shown in the bottom-right corner.
I will never ever stop laughing about Elon Musk stealing an image from Buca de Beppo so he could fake eating out during a pandemic while he has a newborn at home pic.twitter.com/jWDoiGYzX5
— Molly Shah (@MollyOShah) May 13, 2020
Episodic Eater subsequently responded to the controversy by writing on their Instagram Story, "Man, people are getting mad for me on twitter for being uncredited."
Lmao Elon just ripped a food blogger’s random post from over 3 years ago in order to say “life should be lived” and now her mentions are blowing up pic.twitter.com/6ywDQ5Rq3D
— Caroline Haskins (@carolineha_) May 13, 2020
Still, despite all this, people were more than happy to make fun of Elon for sharing the picture, as if going to Buca di Beppo was first on anyone's list. We're already eating far too much pasta as it is. Well, many not Robert Pattinson.
Elon Musk is sharing pictures of desserts from Buca di Beppo that he found on google and acting like he's out eating at a restaurant pic.twitter.com/rM08zjmxlD
— Adam Murray (@Atom_Murray) May 13, 2020
elon musk tweeting out of context about Buca di Beppo is just another example of the simulation being broken https://t.co/5p0ZyzKRfY
— hannah (@hannahrichiee) May 13, 2020
Buca, however, is going all-in on Musk, announcing that they would be opening a Mars location as soon as SpaceX takes us there. Olive Garden has yet to comment on what is an obvious snub.
BREAKING NEWS: Buca and @elonmusk announce first restaurant franchise for Mars.
— Buca di Beppo (@bucadibeppo) May 13, 2020