Memes might be powerful, but they belong on the internet, not in the US Congress, online commenters argued as they bashed Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for displaying a Scooby-Doo cartoon on the House floor.
Taylor Greene brought a meme featuring Fred Jones, a character from the popular animated series Scooby-Doo, to a Congress session on Wednesday to make her arguments against the Green New Deal more vivid to her fellow lawmakers.
During the Georgia congresswoman’s speech, her aide held up a large poster showing the unmasking of a cartoon villain, whose face had been replaced with a Chinese Communist Party emblem.
“This is a simple meme that you would find on the internet, but this meme is very real,” Taylor Greene said, explaining her stunt. “The Green New Deal – surprise! – serves China and China only,” she insisted, pointing to the red logo incorporating a hammer and sickle.
The Republican lawmaker then asked her aide to switch memes, with the new picture featuring a portrait of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and text reading: “I own Joe Biden.”
Taylor Greene has gained infamy in recent years for peddling various right-wing conspiracy theories, including QAnon and Pizzagate, as well as rejecting vaccines and the government’s other anti-coronavirus measures. The 47-year-old was suspended from Twitter for a week in July and August for posting “misleading” information about Covid-19. A strong supporter of Donald Trump, she has already made two attempts to impeach President Biden, the latest coming a month ago amid the botched withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
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It’s unclear whether the display of memes swayed anybody in the Congress to Taylor Greene’s side, but it definitely left her open to critics’ attacks… and generated even more memes.
“Congress is no longer serious with people like this,” fellow Congressman Adam Kinzinger said in reaction to the stunt.
Congress is no longer serious with people like this. https://t.co/tmE94IrWrl
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) September 23, 2021
He was backed by other commenters who argued that using memes in Congress was inappropriate, and grilled Taylor Greene for lacking her own proposals.
Sad thing is she thinks this is witty 🤣 yes we are laughing at you, NOT with you.
— TorontoMom🩺 (@TorontoMommie) September 23, 2021
— Capt. Sloth (@SlothluvsChunk1) September 23, 2021
This is a parody account right
— Michael Simon (@morlium) September 23, 2021
— KnowNothing (@KnowNothingTV) September 23, 2021
Really? A bad meme? That’s what you bring no real arguments?
— Jeremy_Hugh (@jeremy_hugh) September 23, 2021
Fans of the Scooby-Doo franchise were also angry, accusing Greene of ruining their favorite cartoon for them.
Gotta try to ruin Scooby-Doo for folks now? pic.twitter.com/o0zfciUaSr
— 🏳️🌈ʸᵒᵘ ˢᵐᵉˡˡ ˡⁱᵏᵉ ʰᵒᵗᵈᵒᶢ ʷᵃᵗᵉʳ🇺🇸 (@elektrikphetiss) September 23, 2021
The Green New Deal Resolution had been reintroduced in Congress in 2019 by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey. The Democratic initiative calls for the US to fully transition to renewable and zero-emission energy; advocates measures to tackle climate change; and calls for help for the country’s disadvantaged communities. Earlier this year, Taylor Greene slammed the Green New Deal as a “communist manifesto” and expressed her readiness to debate Ocasio-Cortez on it, but ended up being mocked online for seemingly needing a whole week to read a 14-page document.
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