There was a time when even a casual reader was likely to be bombarded by all manner of Illuminati theories thanks to Hip Hop’s seeming obsession with the subject. While Illuminati conspiracy theories have dogged the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce and Kanye West for years, Outback Steakhouse probably wasn’t ready for the internet to pounce Saturday.
Wtf is Outback Steakhouse planning pic.twitter.com/l1CSafkdOK— balenci-who? aga ☭ (@eatmyaesthetics) July 27, 2017
Twitter user @eatmyaesthetics is believed to be behind the hilarious run of memes after connecting multiple locations of the casual dining restaurant by drawing a pentagram and asking, “WTF is Outback Steakhouse planning?” Since pentagrams can often be associated with Freemasonry, Wicca and the occult, other users jokingly went full-on Carrie Mathison with some hilarious results.
Outback Steakhouse is slaughtering cows and sacrificing them to SATAN: a conspiracy theory pic.twitter.com/RQP8DWUvDt— ♡ JUJU ♡ (@QueenIdle) July 28, 2017
NC in on it pic.twitter.com/Yam8sZ1eEt— jules (@julesjune_) July 28, 2017
Cincinnati.. or should I say, Sin-cinatti. pic.twitter.com/qdEXyecL5e— Amanda Plummer🐼 (@iNeed_aMANduh) July 28, 2017
Y’all may be on to something pic.twitter.com/fXEsSXR5G3— A henny has no chase (@hanginwitcoop) July 28, 2017
Aside from the general absurdity of linking the “Bloomin’ Onion” with Satan, it should be noted how many users went out of their way to draw the pentagram—in some cases omitting nearby locations to link Outback restaurants miles away in order to make the connection.
The person or people running the official Outback Steakhouse Twitter account playfully clapped back at the tinfoil-hat section, and it seemed no one was taking this too seriously.
Plot twist. pic.twitter.com/t2VEpCrWY2— Outback Steakhouse (@Outback) July 28, 2017
If the Bloomin' Onion is evil then we don't want to be nice. 😉— Outback Steakhouse (@Outback) July 28, 2017
The Daily Dot shared a statement Outback provided to the publication in response to the Illuminati claims.
“‘No plans,’ the company added when asked specifically if Outback was plotting anything nefarious, ‘Other than to bring bold steaks and Bloomin’ Onions to our guests!’”
This might be the most free promotion Outback Steakhouse has received since Season 6 of 30 Rock when the “Idiots Are People Three!/The Ballad Of Kenneth Parcell,” episode found Jane Krakowski’s Jenna Maroney character staging a fake paparazzi photo opportunity outside of a local Outback.
The internet is still undefeated.