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James Comey’s opening remarks got meme’d so hard

Fake Comey testimony excerpts win the day.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 7, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 3:54 am CDT

Former FBI Director James Comey’s written remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee arrived on Wednesday afternoon, causing a stir all over Politics Twitter, but the best take on the revelations was that Comey is a very good writer. His account of his meetings with Donald Trump was clear and concise, and people immediately started pulling the juiciest quotes from it. And some juicy quotes that absolutely did not appear in Comey’s writing.

This happens every time a bombshell document or statement comes across Twitter: jokesters, purporting to share some vital quote from the author, actually bamboozle you and post something funny instead.

It can mock the author or the subject of the piece, or it can be completely unrelated.

It can be the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise from Star Wars:

It can be the ending of James Joyce’s Ulysses:

Or Shangela’s glorious “sugar daddy” rant from season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race:

Or a creepy H.P. Lovecraft passage:

or the opening narration from Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie:

Topical jokes, the kind people race to post because they’ll expire before the end of the day, are Twitter’s stock-in-trade. They don’t age well, but they’re actually pretty good.

And hey, if we’re going to live in a world where the former FBI director says the president fired him for refusing to take a loyalty oath, we may as well have some fun with it.

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2017, 6:13 pm CDT