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Memes come to the rescue of man brutally dragged off United flight

The internet is ... united in making fun of them.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 10, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 5:57 pm CDT

Late last night and early this morning, Americans of every ilk were absolutely appalled when videos were released showing police physically removing a man off a United Airlines flight that was overbooked.

It led to outrage, indignation, and memes.

Oh yes, much like United dragged that poor man, the internet dragged United right back.

Perhaps the most savage burn was from an NFL player. Cognizant of speaking up about public issues in the wake of Colin Kaepernick, this was just too ripe to pass up.

Others took the tactic of revamping United’s website and seat offerings.

Or what about just giving the airline all new pilots and flight attendants?


Widespread mockery is really the only way to respond (well, save for using sympathy and restraint—but come on, lol, when has that ever happened? It’s much easier to do more memes.)


We are also getting some pretty solid crossover meme action on this one.



Now, that’s good (which relates to this morning’s other absurd police story.)

While the victim will surely recover from his wounds, United may not.

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2017, 3:42 pm CDT