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Sanders, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin at the Yalta conference, 1945.
Amid the dark suits and shiny coats that dotted the Capitol steps, Sanders was photographed sitting in a mask, cross-legged and wrapped in a bulky coat and gloves against the freezing Washington, D.C. weather. Shortly thereafter, the image , taken by photographer Brendan Smialowski for Getty Images, began to circulate on social networks embedded in a wide range of photographs and film scenes and works of art.
Forrest Gumpy Bernie Sanders.
On a day when everything revolved around Biden, it was somewhat appropriate that Sanders, whose greatest political support in the presidential race came from young voters, was nevertheless the protagonist of the biggest meme of the day by doing nothing else. to sit and cross your arms. In the primary elections, Sanders enjoyed a significantly larger number of online followers than Biden, especially among those who often communicate via memes..
Bernie Sanders between Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) and Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), characters from the movie The Big Lebowski.
Although other memes starring Sanders were often used to say something – he was wearing what appears to be the same coat in a 2019 fundraising video in which he is “once again asking for your financial support,” a line that has been reused in a long series of ways — there wasn’t such a deep meaning in the most recent meme. Instead of using his image to present an idea, he has simply been placed in new contexts, with his pose, his outfit and his expression as a joke.
Bernie Sanders in the Mexican movie I’m not here anymore.
Although the day belonged to Biden, the meme served as a fun spectacle, a bit of fun and frivolity after four years in which presidential politics brought Sanders supporters little reason to be in a good mood.
Bernie Sanders in front of Marina Abramović.
It was not the only meme inspired by the day of the inauguration: others referred to the outfit of the former first lady Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, who sang the national anthem dressed not unlike a character from The Hunger Games. But even with Janet Yellen, Biden’s candidate for Secretary of the Treasury, just as warm as the senator, it was Sanders, the incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, who seemed the front-runner.
Bernie Sanders in The Lord of the Rings.
The first posts about him began with simple reviews of his practical and relatively unglamorous outfit. Some saw their uncles and parents in their choice to put warmth above style.
Bernie Sanders and Jennifer Lopez.
Then came the memes, in which social media users took Sanders’ original image and found new scenarios for him and his coat. They inserted it into history. He sat him in the bowling alley with the dude. He basked in the sun on a closed state beach in New Jersey with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Bernie Sanders on the moon.
Others took the image of Sanders to the movies, showing him on the bridge of the ship Enterprise in Star Trek and as a member of the Avengers.
Bernie Sanders w/ The Avengers.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame profited by selling its own version of the pose. Nick Sawhney, a software engineer from New York, created a tool that allows Sanders to be inserted at any address on Google Maps street view.
Bernie Sanders in a painting by Edward Hopper.
Some messages were political. Others “possibly blasphemous.”
Bernie Sanders in the assault on the Capitol.
The senator’s avatar looked busy. He visited a museum and sat on the Iron Throne of Game of Thrones. He dropped into a match of curling and sneaked into a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Bernie Sanders in Game of Thrones.
He made a cameo in Mario Kart, a press conference in Mexico, and a trip to the surface of the moon. He took a tour of New York City.
Bernie Sanders Mario Kart.
BuzzFeed News reported that Sanders obtained his gloves from Jen Ellis, a second grade teacher in Essex Junction, Vermont. She said she sent him a pair after he lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
Bernie Sanders in a Studio Ghibli movie.
Ellis tweeted that the gloves were made from repurposed wool and lined with fleece.
Bernie Sanders at the Last Supper.
In an interview with CBS, Sanders laughed at the attention.
Bernie Sanders and cast of Friends.
“In Vermont, we get dressed, we know something about the cold,” he told Gayle King. “And we are not so concerned with good fashion. We just want to keep warm. And that’s what I have done today ”.
Bernie Sanders en Pulp Fiction.
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