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Brazil’s new right-wing president has the internet scratching its head after a video posted to his Twitter account featured music from Sonic The Hedgehog.
Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in as president at the beginning of the year, intended to highlight economic investment in Brazil on Monday but had his message overshadowed by the video’s soundtrack: the theme used during the battle against Solaris from the iconic game’s 2006 release.
Investimento no Brasil e não em outros países para formarem alianças espúrias a fim de se manterem no poder! Um dos grandes diferenciais de nosso governo. Governar para o Brasileiro e não para o Foro de SP! pic.twitter.com/4Amj9TuEYY— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) February 25, 2019
Twitter users were quick to notice the familiar audio, responding to the South American leader with a flurry of memes.
Some responses appeared to celebrate the seemingly unintentional Sonic reference.
ai sim em pic.twitter.com/YWTQa5ctoC— kirito100 (@mineuchirra) February 26, 2019
Other replies, however, expressed confusion and disapproval.
The tweet has received over 6,500 retweets, nearly 35,000 likes, and over 3,000 comments at the time of publication. A 2009 video on YouTube featuring the boss battle song also appears to be gaining renewed attention.
“Jair Bolsonaro brought me here,” one YouTube commenter said.
The 2006 game, as noted by Kotaku, is perhaps best know for its scene depicting Sonic kissing a human.
The official Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter account responded to Bolsonaro’s tweet several hours later, likewise befuddled by the odd auditory incident.
“Today in ‘Places we didn’t expect to hear the Sonic 2006 soundtrack,'” the account said.
Today in "Places we didn't expect to hear the Sonic 2006 soundtrack": https://t.co/BKN5abp0gt— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) February 26, 2019
Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.