Hurry Up and Start #Eastwooding Before It’s Over

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As soon as Clint Eastwood was unveiled as the “surprise” speaker at the Republican National Convention, the Internet was poised to turn his appearance into some sort of meme. Dirty Harry speaking at the Republicans’ most-spotlighted confab? Surely there would be something to talk about for days following. And Eastwood didn’t disappoint: during his speech, the Hollywood legend started talking to an empty chair. And this morning, there’s much ado about nothing — primarily, the “nothing” in the empty chair beside Eastwood.

“Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you made…when you were running for election?” begins Eastwood’s interrogation of the empty chair (3:15 in the above clip). He continued bantering in this vein. “What do you mean, ‘Shut up’?” he joked at one point, seemingly frustrated with the inanimate chair.

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Naturally, Eastwood’s speech set off an explosion of tweets, with no fewer than two parody accounts launched even before Eastwood concluded. We’ve rounded up the funniest tweets here, but it took the morning-after lucidity to spark a true meme. And so #Eastwooding, like #Bradying or #Tebowing long before it, became a brief Internet thing.

If you haven’t joined in, it’s probably time to enjoy the moment for what netizens will remember it for: the night that everyone online uploaded some variation of a picture of themselves angrily pointing a finger at an empty chair. If you’ve avoided Twitter for the past few hours, here’s a few widely-circulated examples below to get you started.

And, as many media outlets quickly noticed, even President Obama’s Twitter account appeared to slyly reference the meme:

Has this meme jumped the shark already? Perhaps. Will it stop others from contributing? Certainly not. But the shelf-life seems short — so quickly, find an empty chair.

MORE: In the Line of Fire: Clint Eastwood’s Train Wreck

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unitedwestood
unitedwestood

HA HA HA!! This seat is taken.... Yeah, by the enemy! We'd be better off it was empty!

Fatesrider
Fatesrider

Your post could be implied as a threat to the President of the United States. 

"...the enemy!"  "We'd be better off it was empty!"

Democracy: Look it up.  Sedition: Look it up.  Treason: Look it up.  You obviously failed to know what you just did.

You are entitled to an opinion.  You're even entitled to express it.  But unless you like federal prison or the prospect of facing a firing squad, you should know when you've crossed the line.   That crossed it.  I'm forwarding this story,  and your post, to the Secret Service.

unitedwestood
unitedwestood

Since I have to "explain" my intent to you...... The story was on Clint talking to an EMPTY CHAIR! DUH! and Obama tweeting that chair was taken. I can clearly see YOU can't think for yourself.

kal1and2
kal1and2

your an idiot. why don't you bring up racism while your at it. I am going to forward this to your mommy. I am telling my big brother what you said as soon as I get done blowing this ows superhero. I love liberals I hope obama wins so I will have 4 more years of WTF

Gary McCray
Gary McCray

Actually, lots of things can be implied, but sedition is pretty specific and implied just doesn't cut it.

Personally I think Mitt might take a dimmer view of expressions of this sort regarding him (if he were president of course), but then to the Republicans, the politicians and the corporations always matter more than the people do.

Nothing implied here guys, just saying!

Howienica
Howienica

I"m sorry, Valerie. Please dont lock me up. I promise I will accept the Chicago Way in the future.

P.S. Go f..k yourself.

Betty Henderson
Betty Henderson

Clint's next Movie is about a Train, "The Gravy Train", produced by Mitt, Directed by Ryan, musical score by Ted Nugent. Low Budget, bring your own Chair.