Being on the internet is hard. Being a celebrity on the internet is, um, harder maybe?
At least it is for Ice-T today. During Ice-T’s internet travels, he happened upon what he took for a spicy meme. He clearly didn’t think too much about it or do any research, he just posted it.
Only later did Ice-T learn of his folly: He’d just posted a QAnon meme.
QAnon is a far-right internet conspiracy that maintains that a secret informant from the government, Q, is posting secret messages teasing President Donald Trump’s great day of reckoning against pedophile Democrats. “Q” signs frequently show up at Trump rallies.
Perhaps feeling a little spicy himself, Ice-T captioned it, “Daily Game: Let the Haters dig their own graves….. #2020.” The meme features a burning Q (his first clue—or it should’ve been) and the quote, “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.”
Without the benefit of context, the tweet seems pretty on-brand for a 61-year-old still named after Grandma’s favorite beverage, whose real first name is Tracy, and yet still manages to come across as the hardest dude around. To some, it also seems pretty on-brand for Q or a QAnon follower.
People very quickly jumped on the tweet. Lots of comments came from appalled or amused fans. Many others came from the QAnon faithful, most of whom were instantly convinced (as always) that Ice-T had just gotten woke, though not in the way that the rest of the world means it. Some theorized that Ice-T was Q himself. (He’s not. Duh.)
The comment thread did not disappoint.
SVU gonna have a 'Q' episode coming up?— Snopp Doog (@chrispossible) December 30, 2019
It's Ice Q now.— Ferris Fueller (@ffueller) December 30, 2019
Ice T single-handedly destroying QAnon right before the new year is the content good people deserve.— Quarantine Monkey (@VitruvianMonkey) December 30, 2019
Is this a Q anon quote?— Blaze_Runner_20420 (@BlazeRuner20420) December 30, 2019
Nice!— Dylan4thst (@Dylan4thSt) December 30, 2019
ICE T woke af.— Eddie Montoya (@emontoyaart) December 30, 2019
This is the best thing ever.— Klunker ©️ (@brklunk) December 30, 2019
As the realization dawned upon him that he’d just posted a meme from one of the most unhinged and out-of-control far-right conspiracy theories, Ice-T quickly transcended the five stages of Q.
To “wait, what do these guys actually believe?”
And, finally, the stage of “oh my god, you guys, I do NOT like Trump.”
For now it seems that the star of Law & Order: SVU is content to tweet about chilling with his daughter and Snoop Dogg, and take his own advice posted yesterday: “Ice Cold Fact: People are gonna talk sh*t no matter what you do… So you might as well do YOU! F em. #2020.”