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National Empty Chair Day: A Measured Response To Mild Mockery Of Clint Eastwood
As you might be aware, last week Clint Eastwood stood up on national TV and gave a rambling, incoherent speech in which he berated a chair he said had an invisible, profane black president in it. (SPOILER: IT WAS OBAMA ALL ALONG.)
For a while (like a day) "Eastwooding" was a thing . People took pictures of themselves faux-yelling at chairs, it was fun, we all realized that after a while there's only so much you can do with the idea, and then we enjoyed our three-day weekend.
However, there was a problem. Someone was making fun of something conservative, and that cannot be allowed to stand. So conservative bloggers, who are just big, gaping pits of hilarity into which we throw things and a lava monster comes up and gives a great three-minute bit about how conservatives do it like this while liberals do it like that , decided to put on National Empty Chair Day .
Notable conservatives like Michelle Malkin and writers at Breitbart.com, as well blogger Prof. Glenn Reynolds, kicked off the trend, according to the conservative blog Legal Insurrection .
The blog, which had asked readers to send in photos of empty chairs, updated its post midday to say that the response had been so overwhelming — and the backlog of photos so great — that they were forced to close submissions.
“It’s fun. It’s funny,” Malkin explained to POLITICO. “Clint Eastwood resonated with voters outside the snotty, derisive NY-DC-Hollywood axis. He braved derision and ridicule for standing on the convention stage. Activists on the right wanted to demonstrate … their appreciation. As always, humor is the best medicine.”
...Right. So, what horrors came of this amazingly brilliant idea?
From Legal Insurrection :
This is the one that kicked it all off, and I'm sure you can see from the image why this kicked off a day of hilarity and wonder. I mean...it's a chair. An empty chair. It is the very epitome of a day about...empty chairs. Nothing says "fuck libtards" like something that looks like an accidental iPhone photo.
Well, except THIS:
You might need an explanation of this...if you're a stupid dummy. The empty chair has a picture of another empty chair on it that looks like an Obama sign. Get it? DO YOU GET IT, GODDAMMIT? Rot in hell, Shepard Fairey.
Breitbart's disembodied head sits at the right hand of Necromancer Obama:
And finally, from Michelle Malkin :
What is going on in this picture, you might ask? It's a complex, nuanced visual metaphor that rivals the best editorial cartoons; it is a Pulitzer crafted in a few minutes but ignored by the MSM. From the photographer/artist/new empty chair Jesus:
From reader DMK: “FLAG=U.S.A. is exceptional & America rules. DIRTY BLUE CAMPING CHAIR=liberal politicians & wives tax-funded vacations. CUP=32oz sodas still enjoyed & loved at our house. DONKEY=Democrat…”
EVERYTHING IN THIS PICTURE=in Obama's lap? And what about the shovel? We need an entire symposium just on the shovel.
[ Politico ]