You know that thing where if a bird poops on you, it’s supposed to be good luck? That basically happened yesterday when a far-right Twitter account unintentionally gifted the world with "The Future Liberals Want" meme. The initial tweet shared an image of a drag queen and a woman in a hijab and a niqab sitting next to each other on the New York City subway. The caption read, “This is the future that liberals want.” The internet's reaction was swift and to the point. In a word: duh.
The intention of the original tweet was rooted in Islamophobia and transphobia and just general bigoted garbage that doesn’t deserve any more attention than it’s already gotten. But the funny thing about intent is that it doesn’t always equate to actual impact. In this case, what was intended to hurt a cause actually helped it — similar to how "nasty woman" and "nevertheless, she persisted," both of which were initially lobbed as insults and deployed as put-downs, became rallying cries for feminists everywhere.
Amongst infighting and issues that liberals may not all agree on, it’s nice to have a unifying cause. Like rallying behind two people minding their own business on public transportation.
This week, like the ones before it and likely the ones to come, has had its fair share of stressful news. For those that may argue that this is a distraction from more important issues, I mean, yeah. I feel like we could all use some momentary distraction. Also, I will point out that it is possible to care about more than one thing at the same time. Outrage over one event is not automatically lessened by compassion or enjoyment for another.
So, take a minute to sit back, relax, enjoy these reactions, and watch the future unfold before your eyes.
Some People Were Confused
Some Wanted to Clarify How Time Works
It says something that a conservative looks at picture and thinks, "This is the future liberals want." That's not the future; that's now.— Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) March 3, 2017
One Drag Queen Was Pleasantly Surprised
I woke up to realize that the picture taken of me and my co-passenger is now all over Twitter as well 😍 #blessed— Gilda Wabbit (@gildawabbit) March 2, 2017
You can hear more from Gilda Wabbit, the drag queen in the initial tweet, in this interview with Mediaite.
And Then The Memes Began
The Future Is Gonzo with a Chicken
The Future is Also Pug Jockeys
Dogs and Cats are All Up In Our Liberal Future
Danny Trejo with a Dove, For Your Liberal Future Consideration
If You Rearrange The Letters In 'Liberal Future,' You Get 'Gay Star Wars'*
This is the future liberals want pic.twitter.com/bpHAOAtL8H— Kelsey (@dswingsbothways) March 2, 2017
*You don't, but could you even imagine?
I Don't Know What's Happening Here, But I'm Excited to Experience It In The Liberal Future
Important to Clarify That This is *Not* Part of the Liberal Future
Finally, I Would Like To Contribute This to The Future Liberals Want
Is that what yours looks like, too? Do you want a liberal future with dogs and cats and more foods in the shape of other foods? How about one where human beings are not a monolith and can coexist without being judged by bigoted assumptions? Cool, same.