Numerous Twitter users including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and investor Tyler Winklevoss are changing their profile pictures to include laser eyes in an apparent nod to the cryptocurrency bitcoin, whose price on Tuesday did not seem to be registering the boost.
The move — in which users change or edit their profile pictures to add some sort of laser look, typically for a 24-hour period — appears to be part of a meme campaign aimed at pushing bitcoin’s price to $100,000. The trending hashtags for the movement are #LaserEyes and #LaserRayUntil100K.
Just for a day
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 19, 2021
Elon Musk tweeted “just for a day” in reference to the trend as he changed his Twitter profile picture to a cartoon character with red laser eyes. He has since changed the image.
Musk and Winklevoss, along with his twin Cameron Winklevoss, have been vocal supporters of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies over the years.
— Weston Blasi (@westonblasi) February 23, 2021
Federal lawmakers have also participated. Rep. Warren Davidson of southwestern Ohio and Sen. Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming changed their Twitter profile pictures to feature laser eyes. The two, both Republicans, have since changed their pictures again.
— Cynthia Lummis (@CynthiaMLummis) February 20, 2021
Lummis quote-tweeted Musk and referenced the viral trend. Lummis later went on to say that her “support for sound money continues.”
The offices of Davidson and Lummis did not respond to MarketWatch requests for comment.
Bitcoin’s price surpassed $50,000 this month after Tesla announced a $1.5 billion bitcoin investment. The leading cryptocurrency was not discernibly aided by the campaign, with its price, having fallen below the $50,000 mark, down nearly 15% as of Tuesday afternoon.