Leon Chang: Huffin Puffin avatar wearing Russian flag ushanka

Photo via leyawn/Twitter (Fair Use) Remix by Jason Reed

Conspiracy theorist accuses beloved Weird Twitter personality of trolling for Russia

She thinks the guy with the fat bird icon works for Russia.

Apr 10, 2017, 2:05 pm*

Internet Culture

Jay Hathaway 

Jay Hathaway

Louise Mensch is a conservative former member of British parliament who now works as a journalist and conspiracy theorist, focusing in particular on the relationship between President Donald Trump and the Russian government. Leon “@Leyawn” Chang is a Weird Twitter stalwart who makes jokes online and has an icon of a fat, 16-bit bird. Mensch thinks Chang is a Russian propagandist, and it’s hilarious.

Weird Twitter has a strong leftist bent, and a lot of its participants feel centrist Democrats have become obsessed with a possible Trump-Russia connection as a way of shifting the blame for Hillary Clinton‘s election defeat. Mensch, although she’s conservative, has found a fanbase among these anti-Trump centrists because she broke the story that the FBI had been investigating Trump’s Russia ties since at least October 2016.

On Sunday, Chang posted up a cluster of obviously fake tweets from prominent conspiracy believers including Mensch, Eric “Time for Some Game Theory” Garland, and John “20committee” Schindler. The joke here is pretty clear: They’ll find Russian connections in everything, even the teen who’s trying to get free Wendy’s chicken nuggets by getting 18 million retweets.

The post got thousands of likes and retweets, and on Monday morning, Mensch responded, taking it way more seriously than one should take anything posted by a cute, fat bird:

Far from refuting the criticism implied in Leyawn’s satirical tweet—that Mensch sees Russian bogeymen everywhere—she proved his point beautifully by calling him a Russian partisan.

Chang, who became popular on Twitter by making music, games, pixel art, and wisecracks, is definitely an agent of the Kremlin. You know it’s true because he changed his display name to “Leon Trotsky.”  (Note to Louise Mensch: I have employed sarcasm in this paragraph.)

Weird Twitter is having a field day with the Chang-Mensch feud because there’s basically no funnier way it could have played out.

https://twitter.com/libbycwatson/status/851471073724035072

https://twitter.com/barry/status/851486269205032960

https://twitter.com/pissgoth420/status/851492271384141825

https://twitter.com/WokeCrumbum/status/851491426118455296

Everyone seems to agree that “this owns” and “ahahahah” and “I can’t believe the website Twitter is still free.” Big congrats to Louise Mensch for unearthing yet another Russian conspiracy and outing the dangerous KGB video games bird. You’re truly protecting all of us from Vladimir Putin’s evil machinations.

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2017, 2:06 pm