The price of Dogecoin rose on Tuesday after Elon Musk urged McDonald’s to start accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment, stating that he would “eat a happy meal” if the fast food restaurant company does so.
Grimacecoin is not a real form of cryptocurrency and is simply a reference to the fluffy, purple character who appears with Ronald McDonald in McDonaldland commercials.
Despite this, Wednesday’s post spurred the creation of 20 grimacecoins on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) network alone and they have currently seen 6,364 transactions in the past 24 hours alone.
The price of Dogecoin also rose significantly following the Twitter exchange, surging 8.57 percent. It is currently trading at $0.14774, according to the Nasdaq.
Lawmakers and financial institutions across the world have called for the cryptocurrency market to be regulated and have warned about the risks that the digital asset market poses, due to the fact that some exchanges are decentralized, effectively allowing anyone to call a smart contract and issue tokens on the Binance Smart Chain or other blockchains.
The Epoch Times has contacted Tesla and McDonald’s for comment.
Musk has been an outspoken cryptocurrency supporter and has referenced Dogecoin multiple times on social media, often sending the meme-based cryptocurrency surging.
According to a post in October 2021, Musk himself owns Dogecoin, along with other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.