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This week, Joe Biden achieved peak meme status, a far right, anit-immigration party tried to launch in the Merrion, and Ricky Martin got engaged (yeah I know). Lots of people also went for a run in the dark.
‘National Party’ tries to launch in the Merrion, fails
On Tuesday it was reported that an anti-immigration, anti-EU, anti-choice, anti-most things that aren’t white, middle class, and male political party were launching themselves in the Merrion hotel the following day.
The so-called National Party headed by Justin Barrett claims to represent all things anti-elite, recovery focused, and unification, while also being staunchly against refugees and migrants. In their press release they state that they’re dedicated to achieving “unity” across Ireland right before they say that pro-choice groups are thirsty for “blood lust” which, y’know, absolutely makes sense.
So the good people of Twitter did what the good people of Twitter do best – the took to the web and they asked exactly why the Merrion were playing host to the launch of a political party that promoted racism, misogyny and hate.
Hi @MerrionHotel, I accept that the stylish & practical uniforms of the 3rd reich have a certain allure but please don't rent rooms to Nazis
— Healy-Rae Jepsen. (@EXECUTIVESTEVE) November 16, 2016
The Merrion responded simply – they weren’t. The event was cancelled, Barrett called the decision “frankly inexplicable,” and no doubt went off to find somewhere else to host his little gathering.
— Tara Flynn (@TaraFlynn) November 16, 2016
#JoeBiden slams #MikePence via memes, compliments him IRL
Little good came out of last week’s Presidential election. In fact, nothing good came out of it. It was awful. But one thing that brought some light to the dark was Joe Biden’s ability to create hashtag Great Meme Content by basically existing.
Following Trump’s win, Twitter was awash with Biden memes primarily composed of Biden/Obama press shots where the two were either laughing, engaging in a very serious conversation, or hugging it out. The overarching theme of these memes was very simple – Joe Biden does not like Mike Pence. It was great. Everyone had a laugh, until they were promptly reminded of the impending doom the US is facing and went back to genuinely fearing for their safety, employment statuses, and future in America.
Then Biden ruined everything and said that he was confident that Pence would make a good VP and that all would go smoothly on Day 1. But hey, that’s politics.
biden: cmon you gotta print a fake birth certificate, put it in an envelope labeled "SECRET" and leave it in the oval office desk
obama: joe pic.twitter.com/UTtv1JkE5o
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) November 11, 2016
Biden: *whispers* I left a bag of Cheetos in the bathroom.
Biden: in case he needs to powder his nose.
Obama: Joe…. pic.twitter.com/GHUAqwrHlC
— Common White Girl (@GIRLposts) November 16, 2016
Obama: Who'd you vote for?
Biden: I wrote in Harambe pic.twitter.com/avgcHfN1KZ
— Joe Biden (@SavageJoeBiden) November 17, 2016
Biden: These memes are just an illusory escape from the public's feelings of utter powerlessness and uncertainty right now
Obama: Joe… pic.twitter.com/ozIoctMfpg
— lord crunkington III (@postcrunk) November 14, 2016
#RickyMartin gon’ get hitched
Another vaguely good and nice thing that happened this week was that Ricky Martin was trending and he had not passed away suddenly like everybody else who trends without warning. Instead, Ricky was trending because he got engaged and also because he’s going on tour and people are excited by this because Ricky Martin is still pretty cool after all these years.
Ricky’s getting married to an artist named Jwan Yosef who he met over a mutual interest in conceptual art. This was announced on Wednesday on the Ellen Show where Ricky said lots of lovely things about his husband to be.
People took to Twitter to congratulate Ricky on his news. Many got confused and congratulated Apprentice winner also named Ricky Martin instead. He took it well.
Many thanks for all the congratulations on the engagement. However you are all tweeting the wrong Ricky Martin 😜#Livinlavidaloca
— Ricky Martin (@RickyMartin247) November 16, 2016
— Ricky Mestre (@RickyMestre) November 18, 2016
— Polla Garmiany (@PollaGarmiany) November 17, 2016
Thousands take to the streets to #RunInTheDark
Wednesday evening saw thousands of people all over the UK and Ireland go for a run in the dark. Streets in Dublin, Cork, Manchester and Edinburgh were filled with people running 5k and 10k lengths in aid of the Mark Pollock Trust. The charity has been aiming to find a cure for spinal cord injuries since 2010 when Mark Pollock fell from a window and suffered severe spinal injuries.
Run in the Dark organisers estimate that this year over 9,000 people ran in Dublin alone.
— Volunteer Ireland (@voluntireland) November 16, 2016
— Mary White (@mary_white33) November 16, 2016
— L Carroll (@AudioFonic) November 16, 2016
— John O'Regan (@johnoregan777) November 17, 2016