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The internet hates the FBI’s terrible ‘Happy Holidays’ graphic
That graphic is a crime.
As the age-old adage goes, no shitty graphic shared on the internet ever goes unpunished.
I imagine the tweet was meant to be a sweet season’s greeting between vitriolic tweets and negative headlines, a break from the bustle of shopping for presents and meal preparation.
And yes, the snowman-clad e-card did bring many a Twitter user great joy…
@ebruenig I absolutely love that an agency with millions of dollars in funding assigned this task to an intern using MS Paint.— Laya Maheshwari (@lazygarfield) December 24, 2016
…To roast the joke of a graphic like chestnuts on an open fire, that is.
As Twitter awoke on Christmas Eve, eager elves set their sights on the FBI’s early gift to the internet and attacked with pleasure.
I started my new job doing graphic design for the @FBI today. Wish me luck!— hrtbps (@hrtbps) December 24, 2016
we need to have the "Lucida Calligraphy" talk.— Rachael Sullivan (@rachaelsullivan) December 24, 2016
All those millions of emails you have access to and this is the best Christmas image macro you could find @FBI— topical joke lindsay (@HyperGlavin) December 24, 2016
Yes, Twitter did its best to convey to the FBI just how embarrassingly horrid the sad-ass Frosty looks surrounded by those anemic, oblong snow flakes.
.@FBI— Ignatz (@ignatzz) December 24, 2016
1) Spend 5 minutes making a Christmas Card in MS Paint.
2) Interfere with an election and fuck up the whole world.
arrest yourselves for this card— Josh (@shatterfront) December 24, 2016
.@FBI Why are you letting your 5-year-old play with MSPaint on your computers? Not very secure.— Weaponized Lesbians (@cambrian_era) December 24, 2016
Sure, a few folks took issue with the agency’s use of “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas.”
did you miss the Trump memo this should say merry christmas— tc (@chillmage) December 24, 2016
Psst!! We're celebrating Christmas. It's no secret.— Joan Of Argghh! (@JoanOfArgghh) December 24, 2016
Thought y'all were fighting the "War on Christmas." Focus on doing something abt Giuliani and partisanship in your organization!— Liberty&Justice4All (@Xxaire) December 24, 2016
Donald Trump is going to LOSE HIS SHIT when he reads "happy holidays" instead of his trademarked phrase "Merry Christmas".— Jennifer B Dot (@jenniferbdot) December 24, 2016
But let’s be honest, we all know what the real crime is here.
MS Paint is a graphic design crime scene https://t.co/4imLCZbkqu— [email protected] @ AX (@carlycarbonate) December 24, 2016
Twitter truly ran amok with the “graphic design is my passion” meme on this one, too, to the point of basically hammering the last nail into the coffin and lowering it straight into the goddamn ground.
graphic design is my passion https://t.co/KVN3dzTIfE— j (@jesusacostx) December 24, 2016
love too graphic design https://t.co/w909ydab9I
— justin █████ (@jusatk) December 24, 2016
Hi, I'd like to apply for the empty position you have in the graphic design department https://t.co/KZVRtHXV3q— frabric (@cassiwithoutane) December 24, 2016
i didn't know graphic design was the fbi's true passion https://t.co/CJkR1W7cGg— ️ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@DAREDEVllLS) December 24, 2016
is graphic design your passion https://t.co/PCPGT3tzSI— eevi (@erikhauIa) December 24, 2016
the fbi: graphic design is my passion https://t.co/0VpJjcUG9m— grandpa geoff (@nb_root) December 24, 2016
where's the graphic design is my passion meme https://t.co/CYo3Z8IfBX— kennedy (@spacepoe) December 24, 2016
Thanks for the good laugh, FBI Twitter. We know we’re gonna need it in 2017.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.