The trouble with so-called “meme” images (other than the fact that that’s an illiterate thing to call them) is that they can so often be, well, ridiculous. Some “memes” slice their topics precisely and diabolically, and go absolutely viral with well-deserved success. But from misspellings to misused images, misidentified historical events, and misattributed quotes, memes can all too often leave the audience laughing for the wrong reason.
Hillary tried her hand at perpetrating one on Friday, with embarrassing results.
Let's get this done.
The vast majority of Americans pic.twitter.com/23ND36tFFm
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 20, 2016
This is one example of what the French call a gaffe-blague — an attempt at sly humor gone wrong. As the lady says in the TV commercial, “That’s not how any of this works.” It’s not how a Venn diagram is supposed to work, at any rate.
Fortunately, since her weirdly arranged Venn-reminiscent slogan-thing is about gun restrictions, its silliness fits right in with Hillary’s ever-emerging anti-gun-rights stance. The latest news is that she thinks it’s a shame the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Second Amendment in the 2008 Heller decision.
Meanwhile, Americans appreciate them some ridiculous, and they’ve been having a good time of their own with the Venn theme.
— Michael Deppisch (@deppisch) May 20, 2016
— Nathan Miller (@DJSnaKK) May 20, 2016
— Travis (@travislylesnews) May 20, 2016
— Kyle Boenitz (@KyleBoenitz) May 20, 2016
Some critics countered with issue points:
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) May 20, 2016
Some spoilsports merely corrected the Venn meme for Hillary, with greater and lesser degrees of success.
— Jeremy Floyd (@jjamesfloyd) May 20, 2016