Apparently, when a country is threatened with genocide over social media, the appropriate response is now to reply in gif form. Snarky gif form. Snarky Mean Girls gif form. What a time to be alive!
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei recently tweeted that Israel, the “malignant cancerous tumour in the West Asia Region”, must be “removed and eradicated”.
In response to this strongly worded tweet, the Embassy of Israel’s official Twitter account posted a Mean Girls gif featuring Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, asking the question “Why are you so obsessed with me?”.
— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUSA) June 4, 2018
This exchange comes in wake of US president Donald Trump choosing not to renew previous nuclear agreements with Iran. It’s an exchange that doesn’t do much to inspire confidence in the governments of the world, and is particularly embarrassing/frustrating/unbelievable, in light of the increasing childish twitter attacks that have been occurring over the past few years (we all know the ones).
The bizarre incident has divided the internet, with some finding the response hilarious and others confused by how international diplomacy has fallen so far.
LOL, you win the Internet, @IsraelinUSA!
— (((Dan Levy))) (@danlevyesq) June 4, 2018
— Dominik Korthaus 🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@DominikKorthaus) June 4, 2018
2018 is where two countries on the brink of war with each other send gifs in response to serious threats. I am so thankful to be alive at this moment in time. https://t.co/sbqDZpHGAA
— Nicholas (@happy_catholic) June 5, 2018
This is it. This is 2018.
— Stephen DeAugustino (@DeAugieDogie) June 4, 2018
to recap, an embassy of ISRAEL replied to a TWEET by the SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN with a MEAN GIRLS GIF and you're telling me we don't live in a simulation https://t.co/CP2tcWXM71
— Danya (@dxxnya) June 5, 2018
I’m no expert, but maybe governments should look at employing adults for their social media marketing needs?