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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.
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.
I have just found out that the memes I shared re: Stalin’s gulags were inaccurate. My apologies to all those who were offended.
— Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) October 8, 2018
I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they took place under the Stalin regime and I again apologize for sharing this misleading and offensive information.
— Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) October 8, 2018
That phrasing brought to mind a very popular old tweet by Dril, the infamous Nostradamus of Twitter.
issuing correction on a previous post of mine, regarding the terror group ISIL. you do not, under any circumstances, "gotta hand it to them"
— wint (@dril) February 15, 2017
Everyone pointed this out.
issuing correction on a previous post of mine, regarding the terror group ISIL. you do not, under any circumstances, "gotta hand it to them". pic.twitter.com/Wj8ostcucm
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) October 8, 2018
you do not, under any circumstances, "gotta hand it to them" https://t.co/0xrPLTB7Mq
— Brandt (@UrbanAchievr) October 8, 2018
issuing a correction on a previous post of mine, regarding Joseph Stalin. You do not, under any circumstances, “gotta hand it to him” https://t.co/YaFlS5Xbig
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 8, 2018
It was also praised as an extremely 2018 moment, which, yea.
Very 2018 tweet https://t.co/9sHTPcHqg0
— EamonnMorris.info.kz (@EamonnMorris) October 8, 2018
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.
— Dr. Jami Rogers (@publicradionerd) October 8, 2018
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.
Did not mean to offend by quoting Churchill. My apologies. I will go and educate myself further on his atrocities, racist views which I do not support. My point was we need to come together as one nation. We are all Americans. That should transcend partisan politics.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 7, 2018
Maybe we can hand it to FDR?
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]