2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard attempted to reach Game of Thrones fans via Twitter by using their own language – memes – but instead cemented herself as the official “mom” of social media.
The Hawaii Rep. was lamenting the bad weather that delayed her flight from LA to Chicago on Sunday, and took the opportunity to score some sweet pop culture points by referencing the highly anticipated return of Game of Thrones.
However, it was the accompanying mismatched meme featuring a quote and character from Lord of the Rings (played by actor Sean Bean who also appeared in GOT) that netizens found inexcusably offensive.
One does not simply mash up J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin references. =:^)
— Paul Horn™/Cool Jerk dot com (@CoolJerk) April 14, 2019
Nice picture of Ned Boromir who died in episode one of Lord of the Thrones.
— Dr The Leopard In The Basement Is A Stupid Name (@tlitb) April 14, 2019
Tulsi… that’s Lord of the Rings
— luke (@VoteLuke2020) April 15, 2019
Lord of the Thrones is my favorite show!
— Joe (@Yinz_r_jagoffs) April 15, 2019
Gabbard learned the hard way that one must know what one is doing before simply selecting a meme, especially on Twitter, and mashing cult classic quotes together is a bold move best left to the experts.
Crossing the meme streams huh? Bold move.
— TheLoreSeeker (@TheLoreSeeker) April 14, 2019
oh no who showed her how to meme
— Michael Hinojosa (@MichaelHinni) April 14, 2019
Whether the politician really was confused about the meme’s origin, or simply didn’t understand the severity of her decision to mix the two, we may never know.
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