‘Will NSA quit spying on us now?’ Social media’s farcical romp in face of shutdown
The crux of the budget disagreement is of course no laughing
matter. Vital services such as food assistance to low-income
families risk being cut and the nation’s economy is expected to
be severely compromised with so many government employees out of
Incidentally, the president and members of Congress who got the
American people into this mess will continue to be paid.
The US government shutdown is a major headache and the cure is a
bitter pill laced with sardonic humor. Many Americans clearly
view the shutdown as a comedy of errors and so are playing it for
laughs. Trending on Twitter is the ‘No budget, no pants’
campaign, inviting people to take their trousers off in order to
air their grievances.
It’s just one of a slew of trenchant and droll memes and tweets flying round the internet, roundly denouncing both political camps.
The #govtshutdown Twitter tag came alive with plenty of opinions
on just how little some Americans thought of a federal
government, anyway, even before the shutdown. Others spoke out in
support of and against the current administration.
Is that a Bill in your pocket or are you happy to see me? #govtshutdownpickuplines— Jeff Heitzner (@heitz44) October 1, 2013
Whereas #govtshutdownpickuplines displayed Twitter users’ wit in combining sexual innuendo with budget-crisis lingo.
Not too far behind in popularity was the #govtshutdownplaylist,
featuring pop classics to accompany the financial turmoil.
#GovtShutDownPlaylist "Money's Too Tight To Mention" -- Simply Red.— Zichivhu (@Zichivhu) October 1, 2013
And just as humor denouncing the government, the Congress and the Republicans kept sprouting up, so did articles attempting to debunk and fact-check the ‘myths’ perpetrated by the opposing camp.
The popular quip that shutting down the government means less
money for NSA spying is unfortunately not true. The clandestine
organization’s spying initiative falls under the category of
‘essential government service’. So while poor families won’t get
any assistance, they can still be spied on.
Unfortunately, the bill for the government shutdown will be
astronomical and will strain the talents of the best comedians.
But a large portion of the pictures were non-partisan and
reflected the American public’s discontent with their government
in general – both the parties and the Congress.
RT offers a small selection of the latest from the world of
Here is a picture of what a govt shutdown would look like before and after pic.twitter.com/0RIjF3ktEc— Ryan E Love (@MN_Love) September 26, 2013