The memes may be powerful, but they belong to the internet, not the US Congress, argued online commentators as they disparaged Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for posting a Scooby-Doo cartoon on the floor of the Bedroom.
Taylor Greene brought a meme starring Fred Jones, a character from the popular animated series Scooby-Doo, to a session of Congress on Wednesday to make his arguments against the Green New Deal more alive for his fellow lawmakers.
During the Georgian lawmaker’s speech, her assistant held up a large poster showing the unmasking of a cartoon villain, whose face had been replaced with an emblem of the Chinese Communist Party.
“It’s a simple meme you’ll find on the internet, but this meme is very real. “ Taylor Greene said, explaining her stunt. “The Green New Deal – surprise! – only serves China and China ”, she insisted, pointing to the red logo incorporating a hammer and sickle.
The Republican lawmaker then asked her assistant to switch memes, with the new photo featuring a portrait of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and a text reading: “I own Joe Biden.”
Taylor Greene has gained fame in recent years for peddling various right-wing conspiracy theories, including QAnon and Pizzagate, as well as for rejecting vaccines and other government anti-coronavirus measures. The 47-year-old was suspended from Twitter for a week in July and August for publication “misleading” information on Covid-19. A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, she has already made two attempts to impeach President Biden, the last of which came a month ago amid the botched US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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It’s unclear whether posting memes influenced anyone in Congress on Taylor Greene’s side, but it definitely left her open to criticism … and generated even more memes.
“Congress is no longer serious with people like that”, fellow Congressman Adam Kinzinger said in reaction to the stunt.
He was backed by other commentators who argued that the use of memes in Congress was inappropriate and toasted Taylor Greene for his lack of his own proposals.
The sad thing is that she thinks it is spiritual yes we are laughing at you, NOT with you.
– TorontoMom🩺 (@TorontoMommie) September 23, 2021
Truly? A bad meme? Is that 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.
The Green New Deal resolution was reintroduced in Congress in 2019 by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey. Democratic Initiative Calls on the United States to Make a Complete Transition to Renewable and Zero Emission Energy; advocates measures to combat climate change; and calls for help for disadvantaged communities across the country. Earlier this year, Taylor Greene called the Green New Deal a “Communist manifesto” and expressed willingness to debate Ocasio-Cortez on it, but ended up being mocked online for apparently needing a whole week to read a 14-page document.
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