On January 25th, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to randomly challenge McDonald’s to accept the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, which has possibly one of the most loyal and funny fanbases, in exchange for him eating a Happy Meal on television.
The response was nothing short of funny – with other mega fast food chains like Burger King and Jack in the Box chiming in and McDonald’s even giving Musk a response.
Anyone who has followed Musk online for any period of time is likely hip to his seemingly random posts and musings, with Musk having garnered a rather supportive online following likely due to him presenting a more down-to-earth and approachable personality that breaks the mold of the billionaire stereotype.
As such, Musk appeared to be in full form with respect to the aforementioned when taking to Twitter with a proposal to McDonald’s: If they accept Dogecoin as a form of currency, he’ll go on television and dig in to one of their Happy Meals.
I will eat a happy meal on tv if @McDonalds accepts Dogecoin
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2022
No additional context was given outside of that.
Musk didn’t clarify exactly when and where this television appearance would occur, under what circumstances during a television appearance he’d break out a Happy Meal – just that McDonald’s can expect him to break out their flagship kid’s meal somewhere while he’s on camera.
Now there’s hardly anything new about Musk putting random thoughts and propositions out there into the ether of Twitter – but the response was certainly something. Musk’s post managed to attract the official accounts of some of McDonald’s biggest competitors, where they offered some of their own funny takes.
Burger King responded with, “only a king knows what da coin do.”
only a king knows what da coin do
— Burger King (@BurgerKing) January 25, 2022
Even Jack in the Box got in on the action, urging Musk to retract the offer to McDonald’s because they believe that Dogecoin loyalists are only interested in Jack in the Box’s robust menu.
“Don’t do this to yourself Elon… Doge Army doesn’t want MickieD’s. They want Jack.”
Don't do this to yourself Elon… Doge Army doesn't want MickieD's. They want Jack.
— Jack in the Box (@JackBox) January 25, 2022
But it was only a matter of time before McDonald’s entered the fold, and they certainly did – but presented their own terms of the bargain.
In an obvious joke post, McDonald’s official Twitter account responded to Musk, agreeing to the terms under one condition: that Tesla accept their own meme coin that they’ve dubbed as “Grimacecoin.”
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) January 25, 2022
So while it doesn’t seem like (as of now, at least) that McDonald’s will be accepting the world’s most popular cryptocurrency based upon that snazzy Shiba Inu meme, Musk’s constant backing of the cryptocurrency will only continue to keep it in the mainstream to see an eventual adoption as an acceptable form of currency by established companies.