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Reporter’s apology for pro-Stalin memes ignites Twitter

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Reminder: Gulags were bad.

Today in an inconsequential drama that sets media Twitter aflame, we have a *spins wheel* Russia Today D.C. reporter who is *ask the crowd Mad Libs-style for a verb ending in -ing* apologizing for *rolls infinity-sided die that contains every possible outcome in the multiverse* sharing pro-Joseph Stalin memes on the timeline.

Sameera Khan sparked controversy today when she apologized for putting out some praise of Soviet gulags with a meme defending socialism as more humane than our current capitalistic, for-profit prison-system.

stalin gulag memes sameera khan HK Frese/Twitter

Sadly, the meme ignores the millions who perished in Stalin’s gulags, aka forced labor camps, so we’d have to rate it as somewhat misleading.

Not many people noticed the meme, but after she deleted her tweets, Khan’s apology caught the eye of just about everyone.

That phrasing brought to mind a very popular old tweet by Dril, the infamous Nostradamus of Twitter.

Everyone pointed this out.

https://twitter.com/_shyextrovert/status/1049373334050406400

It was also praised as an extremely 2018 moment, which, yea.

And although yes, Russia Today is an outlet for pro-Russia propaganda, people still felt the need to call Khan out for pushing out Russian propaganda.

Anyway, yes, gulags were bad. But being online all day has its own issues. This isn’t even the weirdest apology for misrepresenting a World War II-era leader we’ve seen on Twitter in the past 24 hours.

Maybe we can hand it to FDR?

David Covucci

David Covucci

David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]