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Freedom to Meme

Sadie Quimby

Posted on October 10, 2020 18:18

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It may be disrespectful to joke about Trump and the other prominent Republicans who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, but nonetheless, people have a right and a reason to react how they want.

As the president has recently tested positive for COVID-19, many people responded with what some called a profound lack of respect by creating memes and joking on Twitter. Some people condemned this disrespectful response and are saying we must have a more civil response.

Regardless of how his policies have affected your life, if you tweet about this subject you must only wish Mr. Trump your "thoughts and prayers." To that, I disagree. Is it crass to joke about God giving Trump the virus, or to Tweet, "McConnell next, please"? Yeah, of course it is.

However, it's more disgusting to have an in-person nomination ceremony disregarding masks and social distancing that turns into a super spreader. I don't want anyone who got the virus to die, but certain people acted with an astonishing amount of stupidity about the virus. What exactly did they think would happen?

Hopefully, the virus infiltrating the White House will serve as a wake-up call about the pandemic; that it's real, it's not going away anytime soon, and that denial will only hurt us.

Another reason I don't find the memes to be horribly disrespectful is that some of the people making them have been negatively affected, perhaps in multiple ways, by the biggest failure of the Trump administration. This pandemic seems almost unstoppable. I never expected our government to be able to fully contain it, but the full extent of their failure to manage it has been astonishing. The U.S. seems to be mired in a never-ending mess.

If someone lost a sibling, parent, or friend to COVID-19 from refusing to wear a mask like the President, who am I or anyone else to tell them not to make memes depicting the ironic twist of Trump catching the virus?

So many people right now are experiencing high levels of stress. People are dealing with grief, fear about the future, and anger at the unfairness in the world. We feel powerless a great deal of the time. Memes are a method to cope, and they're often made by the powerless in order to mock the powerful. Mocking Trump or others in the government who are sick might feel to some like kicking someone when they're already down, but memes are not going to hurt them.

Trump is getting the best care anyone could receive while someone wishing for his demise on Twitter might be dealing with unemployment/food insecurity because of a pandemic that didn't have to be this devastating. If someone is making fun of Trump's sickness on Twitter, try to understand where they're coming from because it could simultaneously insulting to say they should wish Trump "thoughts and prayers."

Sadie Quimby

Posted on October 10, 2020 18:18

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