You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. —Walt Disney
I simply could not resist jumping onto this topic this morning. Twitter is being my friend, which is probably dangerous considering my rather negative relationship with Tuesdays. But this morning, despite user agreements and policies to the contrary, the first thing the social media site served to me was a beautiful nude photograph expertly shot and processed in black and white. That alone was enough to make me happy for a moment.
Then, I see that #ManyPeopleAreSaying is trending. The hashtag seems rather odd on its own but it didn’t take long to discover that its origination comes from the Republican nominee for President. Rather than rely on actual fact and science, which would likely refute the entire Republican platform, the nominee relies on hearsay. He listens to the lackeys around him and then implies that the rumors and gossip being fed him is true.
While this practice might be dangerous from a political standpoint, causing mainstream Republicans to abandon any support of the campaign like rats fleeing the Titanic, it’s comedy gold in the hands of Twitter trolls. There are people who are just lying in wait for an opportunity like this to come along. Needless to say, there was no hesitation in taking the candidates words and turning them into multiple moments of smiles and silliness.
What Some People Are Saying
Like any hashtag game, there are a lot of people who don’t get it and are totally missing the fun. Some people who have no sense of humor are actually defending the candidate. Boring. We come not to praise politicians but to bury them in their own filth. Here is a sample of some of the tweets that caught my attention:
— Jon,Lord of Darkness (@DarkFluffyLord) August 9, 2016
— Voila About (@voilaAbout) August 9, 2016
— @cblkstone (@WordMDMS) August 9, 2016
— Renato Rizzuti (@RizzutiRisotto) August 9, 2016
Many people are saying that this is my fight song, take back my life song, prove i’m alright song. my power’s turned on, starting right now
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) August 8, 2016
What People Are Really Saying
While the hashtag is a lot of fun, what is important is that we realize the degree to which all politicians, not just one, try to use rumor and conjecture in an effort to distract us from what’s really going on. Want to know what people are really saying? Probably not, but I’m going to tell you anyway.
U.K. farmers stand to lose a lot from Britain’s exit from the European Union. https://t.co/2JoXfoDqRh
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 9, 2016
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pig’s head)
U.N. calls for urgent humanitarian pause in Aleppo fighting https://t.co/LkukRY8lZg
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 9, 2016
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) August 9, 2016
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 9, 2016
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 9, 2016
What We Wish People Were Saying
Okay, so the real news is depressing as fuck. Are we really surprised by that? Life isn’t all neat and sweet and full of funny sayings and silly moments no matter how much time we waste looking at kitten GIFs. Still, with news this depressing, I think we deserve a bit of levity. After all, if a presidential candidate can use the phrase to make up shit about his opponent, then we should be able to use the phrase to make up shit that makes us happy. Here are some ideas I may tweet later:
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying Here we are now, entertain us: A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying I don’t think you trust in my self-righteous suicide, I cry when angels deserve to die
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying Help me I broke apart my insides; help me I’ve got no soul to sell
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying Do you have the time to listen to me whine
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain And all the children are insane
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying When I am king, you will be first against the wall
Bonus points if you can guess all the songs from which those lyrics are taken. Rather disturbing what we listen to, isn’t it? Perhaps that might explain why we only have lunatics running for president this year.
Oh, one more:
- #ManyPeopleAreSaying charlesiletbetter.com is the best website you’ve never visited
I had to get some self-serving gratuity in there somewhere. It’s about as true as anything the Republican nominee has been saying.