Things We Saw Today: The Internet’s Convinced There’s A “Fake Melania” Trump Standing in for the First Lady
File this one under Wednesday weird. The #1 trending topic on Twitter is currently “Melania” after a video and comparison photo shots convinced wide swaths of the Internet that Trump had employed a Melania doppelganger. The conspiracy fast became a meme, and the rest is history.
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/JhPVmXdGit
— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 18, 2017
First, Twitter lit up about this video. You have to admit that as we zoom in on Melania, her nose looks different, as does her fringe of hair—and her vigorous nodding to Trump’s words. It was made weirder by Trump saying “My wife Melania, who happens to be right here.” For those who really got into this thing whole-heartedly, I think it’s demonstrative of how out-there Trump behaves on an everyday basis that nothing he or his family does would surprise us anymore. We’d totally be down for believing he swapped in a spare Melania look-alike for a photo op.
#fakemelania at Trump’s briefing…
— Jamie D (@JammedBus) October 16, 2017
After initially thinking it was a joke but then spending a few hours in a thread that says Trump has replaced Melania with a double pic.twitter.com/mPOLwLrK3q
— TechnicallyRaarrrghh (@TechnicallyRon) October 18, 2017
if you do not choose to believe in the existence of fake melania I encourage you to find more room in your heart for joy and whimsy today
— Alex Trimboli (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 18, 2017
While portions of the Internet took this very seriously and broke down comparisons to the microscopic level, others had more fun memeing and hamming it up.
hello it’s me, FLOTUS Melania pic.twitter.com/VK5OQprFev
— Ashley (@ashcech) October 18, 2017
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. pic.twitter.com/89ITVZMqCD
— John Moe (@johnmoe) October 18, 2017
Searched Getty Images & *look* at this photo of REAL MELANIA holding Carol the movie, Carol the book & a Hill bobble pic.twitter.com/WLbHnUUj5u
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 18, 2017
Let’s all simmer down, folks. Camera angles can play tricks:
False alarm. It is in fact the real Melania Trump, not a body double. pic.twitter.com/vDowTqFjpN
— pam (@pamnonga) October 18, 2017
But personally, I’m going with this take:
┻┳| •.•) There never was
┳┻|⊂ﾉ a real Melania
— Ordy the Amish ghost (@TheOpulentAmish) October 18, 2017
Anyway, given the terrible things Donald Trump has done just today, like deny he was rude to the widow of a fallen soldier (hmm, who should we believe, Donald Trump or the soldier’s mother?), and never follow up on the promise of fundraising $25,000 for the family of another lost soldier, we shouldn’t be distracted by this silliness (or so focused on picking apart a woman’s appearance). Still, #FakeMelania was too much of a moment in cultural history not to record. Everyone really needs a break, don’t we?
- Twitter says they’re going to institute new rules for handling abuse on their network. Oh, sorry, that banshee-like sound you just heard was my incredulous, hysterical laughter. (via Wired)
- So who’s been watching Mindhunter??? OMG how I’ve missed Anna Torv. Also, this is cool:
- The cast of Halloweentown, reunited. (via Buzzfeed)
- Director Guillermo Del Toro doesn’t mince words about Hollywood’s toxic culture: “The people with money are assholes.” (via THR)
- French women have their own “me too”-esque hashtag, only it’s #BalanceTonPorc (“expose your pig”) (via Time)
- Is my wife Hayley Atwell’s presence in Georgia a possible hint that she could be filming there for the Avengers? Please? Peggy please? (via Comicbook.com)
You made it halfway through the week! Hooray! So what’d you see today?
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/NCYIJfeVhx
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 18, 2017
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