Benjamin Ward of Australia charges $70 an hour for his cartoon and other “concept” art. That may rise in 2018 thanks to his latest gag.
Using the handle @pixielatedboat, Ward tweeted an “excerpt” from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” that detailed the president’s peeve about not getting the 24-hour “gorilla channel.” (His staff cobbled together footage, the text says.)
Except for the non-American punctuation, it looked real.
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa
— the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
“Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind,” Ward posted.
Alas, it was just a prank from Down Under. Donald Trump doesn’t really watch gorilla programming up to 17 hours a day.
“The excerpt, of course, was satire,” said Politico. “But that was not clear to the countless people who spread it like wildfire across the Internet, where the gag commingled with actual claims from the book, including that Trump prefers McDonald’s because he fears being poisoned and that he once failed to recognize former House Speaker John Boehner.”
Ward was taken aback, so he changed his Twitter username to “the gorilla channel thing is a joke.”
Ward posted the duck joke June 12, 2016, but a year later, “Oxford Dictionaries said in a blog post that its editors were keeping a close eye on the term, a hint that the phrase could join other modern constructions such as “drunk texts” and “squad goals,” which Oxford recognized this year.
“References to Milkshake Duck had shot up in the last month, Oxford said in its post, which also noted that an Urban Dictionary entry had been recently created, a sure sign that something may be catching fire on the internet.”
The Milkshake Duck tweet was the latest manifestation of “the way that an online joke can blossom until it obtains a semi-permanent position in the expanding and occasionally bizarre world of internet slang.”
“I thought the tweet was a pretty good joke summing up a recent trend,” Ward was quoted as saying. “I liked it more than my usual tweets. But I didn’t think, like, ‘Yes! This will be a meme!’”
More coverage and commentary:
— Gretchen McCulloch (@GretchenAMcC) January 5, 2018
It's not that the #GorillaChannel was a hoax, it's that the channel was cancelled after its founder, Harambe, was murdered in cold blood.
— Salvatore Nicholas (@salvat_re) January 5, 2018
look, a gorilla channel isn’t the first great idea that started as a twitter joke that someone took seriously and then we were all like “wait that should exist tho” so anyway, congrats to @pixelatedboat, Chief Morale Strategist of The Resistence
— Jessica Blankenship (@blanketboat) January 5, 2018
nothing but respect for MY gorilla channel pic.twitter.com/8SUJQaeWme
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 5, 2018
Not sure which is funnier, Trump supporters & Neoliberals both triggered by the Gorilla Channel or that they are both accusing each other of falling for it.
— Tobos🐰 (@tobosbunny) January 5, 2018
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