The Internet is #eastwooding, are you?
This doctored image from an iconic Simpsons episode has taken the Internet by storm, along with pictures of empty chairs. (Photo: twitter.com/walldo)
By JACK FEELEY
The Republican National Convention came to a close last night as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney confirmed and accepted the GOP’s nomination to run for President of the United States.
As heartfelt and touching as his speech was, it was another celebrity (Romney is enough of a celebrity as this point) who made the GOP’s day.
Clint Eastwood, the 82-year-old actor, producer and director more known for his knee-trembling dares from the Dirty Harry series, came out and delivered a speech calling for a changing of the guard in the Oval office.
But instead of a speech, it was more like a failed skit from Saturday Night Live that was met with some laughs, some some silence, and some bemusement. Propped up next to Eastwood was an empty chair, which Eastwood said was occupied by the current president, Barack Obama.
While the speech was a bit unexpected and lacked a bit of the punch I was hoping for, it was a huge hit on the Internet. In the hours following, Twitter blew up with people either criticizing it or loving it.
But some of the best moments came from little-known Internet users all around the world. As you can see at the top of the article, that image was doctored. The original features Grandpa Simpson yelling at a cloud in anger.
Still, you have to give points for creativity and timing. Kudos.
But it didn’t stop there. ”Invisible Obama” immediately took to Twitter and gathered more than 40,000 followers overnight, encouraging them to send photos of them #eastwooding.
The president himself even got in on the action and tweeted out a photo of something quite similar. Glad to see he’s getting a kick out of all this, but I see this photo as quite the statement.
Univision’s very own Leon Krauze also took part.
Along with Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed, tweeting out a photo of CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza.
Let’s hope the Democratic National Convention is chock full of moments like this when it begins on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.