Trump’s pic with glowing orb enchants the internet: 18 of the funniest tweets
People across social media drew comparisons between Donald Trump and Lord of the Rings villain Saruman, as well as with supervillains in the DC Comics and Marvel Universe.world Updated: May 22, 2017 23:05 IST
A picture of US President Donald Trump and other Middle East leaders with their hands on a glowing orb has exploded across the internet.
The photograph, which struck many as sinister and seemed to have come straight out of iconic horror scenes in fantasy and sci-fi movies, made the US president once again the butt of jokes just when he seemed to have gotten away from the scandals back home.
The orb that Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi are holding in the picture was to launch the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, meant to monitor and curb extremist activity online. And the leaders’ move to place their hands on the orb was meant to be a gesture of solidarity.
It’s not their fault that it came off a little... evil dictator-ish.
But tell that to the internet, which couldn’t stop drawing comparisons between Trump and Lord of The Rings villain Saruman, who uses one of nine glowing orbs known as the Palantiri to communicate with Dark Lord Sauron.
Perhaps try a bit harder to not look like movie villains, eh.— pöst-scött (@buzzandhum) May 21, 2017
"find...the...hobbit..." pic.twitter.com/8saqDbl5Nh— darth:™ (@darth) May 21, 2017
"You guys know Sauron can see you through that thing, right?" https://t.co/gGyIAxiKlb— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) May 21, 2017
Graphic novel fans weren’t exactly starved of comparisons either, many pointing out how much the picture made Trump look like Hydra, the villainous organisation bent on world domination of the Marvel universe, and some were reminded of DC Comics’ group of supervillains The legion of Doom.
tfw you and your friends unearth an ancient alien hell orb and combine your powers inside it to stop superman >>>>> pic.twitter.com/kzsYEKC4R0— jon hendren (@fart) May 21, 2017
This is the moment Donald Trump became President of the Legion of Doom https://t.co/E8EFG1QIQf— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) May 21, 2017
Other iconic pop culture moments that jumped into people’s minds came from science fiction series Star Wars...
Musical fantasy The Wizard of Oz...
Knew I'd seen it somewhere before. pic.twitter.com/LqBWxYnxr5— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) May 22, 2017
And even classic live-action/ animated sports film Space Jam.
big deal some guys put their hands on a glowing orb it's not like they're going to get super powers oh my god this is how space jam started pic.twitter.com/3rGPNr4yPD— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) May 22, 2017
The Church of Satan took the opportunity to educate people about Satanic rituals (don’t say you didn’t learn anything from Trump).
For clarification, this is not a Satanic ritual. pic.twitter.com/CccP39fqN4— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) May 22, 2017
Some saw a real-world hand behind all this.
oh you know, a bunch of plutocrats in a darkened room putting their hands on a glowing orb in a totally non-illuminati kind of way pic.twitter.com/Q2Ue2FBi6l— shrill 🇺🇸🌲🏀 (@theshrillest) May 21, 2017
Good of the Illuminati to allow a pool spray today pic.twitter.com/rEqda2zHij— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 21, 2017
And some wanted everyone to just give him a break...
Lots of snickering from armchair presidents who have never allowed themselves to be drained of their Life-Force to sustain the Great Orb https://t.co/Hs8vJsqYBm— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) May 21, 2017
But no matter what it reminded them of, Twitterati were unanimous in their conclusion that something evil was definitely going on.
The Art Of The Deal— Jordan (@jordan_stratton) May 21, 2017
CHAPTER 6-Evil Orbs Of Power
There comes a time in every deal when you'll be required to siphon energy from an orb... pic.twitter.com/MYTcp5exDr
RIYADH — President Trump announced today that the Orb is his God now, praise to Its Luminescence, O how he longs for the warmth of Ørb pic.twitter.com/lSCjHgotgW— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) May 21, 2017
Not even Breitbart News, once run by trusted Trump aide Steve Bannon, and usually on the side of the US president, could resist joining in on the fun.
If there’s a lesson to be learnt in all of this, it’s that no good can ever come of touching scary glowing orbs. You’ll either become evil, or be mercilessly eviscerated by the internet.
You pick which one’s worse.
First Published: May 22, 2017 17:43 IST