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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I've Joined the Second Great Meme War!

Hey all,

Usually, I try to stay out of politics mainly because everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they're right.  Same with everything else, I guess.

Recently, for those who follow the news, a teenager was threatened by CNN for posting a funny GIF which featured President Trump attacking Vince McMahon of WWE, whose face was covered by the CNN logo.  A little background story on this clip.  Back then, the 'wrassling' franchise was stale and on the verge of bankruptcy. McMahon asked his then friend, DJT, to step in and help with marketing and remolding the franchise.  Of course, DJT agreed.  The clip where DJT fought McMahon though, I believe that wasn't planned ahead.  DJT did it on a whim but it really resonated with the crowd and they loved it.  Among other accomplishments, WWE is still around today, in part due to DJT's aid.

Anyhow, CNN felt the modified clip was a "threat" against them and other reporters so in turn, they threatened to dox the kid who posted the GIF (whom I'd also heard wasn't actually the original poster).  As far as I know, this is not legal within the kid's located state.  If he were a public figure, it would be whatever, but as a private citizen, this is coercion and an outright real threat.  I mean, he's 15 years old.  CNN is giant corporation.  Don't destroy his life this way.  Aside from death threats, I could easily see him standing in the unemployment line from being denied future jobs due to this one instance. It was a joke.  People go online to write stupid things and post funny videos.  Sure, we don't all share the same sense of humor, but with everything else, if you don't want to watch it then close it out.  The internet is not a safe space and his GIF was not meant to incite violence.  In fact, his GIF does not compel me to punch CNN reporters in the face.  CNN's response though has forced me to join the second great meme war.  Below is my retort.  Yes, I am inciting bears all over the world to kick CNN in the nuts while wearing ranger hats.  And yes, I can speak to animals, just like Snow White.  (For those who took that literally, I can't help you.)

#CNNblackmail

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." -Voltaire


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