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The Vice Presidential debate on Wednesday between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris was far more courteous than the presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden last week, but the issues during the hour and a half took a back seat on social media a housefly and possible case of pink eye.
While many people may have said at one point in history, “I want to be a fly on the wall,” at famous moments in history, after Wednesday’s debate the question might arise whether anyone wanted to be a fly in Vice’s hair, President Pence.
Instead of discussing real topics on social media, it was all about the fly – #pencefly!
Morning news anchor Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) took to Twitter and wrote, “I miss the mistake. It was the best thing about it.”
Mark Cuban (@mcuban) responded with a tweet, “Forever this debate will be known as ‘The Fly Debate’. I feel bad about pence.”
Perhaps best summed up, horror writer Stephen King (@StephenKing) said, “The fly knows.”
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won multiple Emmy awards for her roles as Vice President and later President of HBO satire Veep, took to Instagram and wrote, “I really wish we’d thought about it on @veephbo – who controls this Fly? “”
It was Comedy Gold.
Even Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) took the opportunity to tweet the somewhat confusing “flywillvote.com”, which leaves one wondering if Vice President Biden understands Twitter or how websites work!
When the debate was over, someone even created the Twitter account, Mike Pence’s Fly (@MikePenceFly__), and tweeted, “That was awful.”
Red eyes Mike
Obviously, the vice president wasn’t having a good night – but #FlyGate was just part of what dominated social media as the two candidates tried to discuss the nation’s real problems. The other topic of discussion was Mike Pence’s rather red left eye, which was most noticeable since he had Senator Harris on his right and had to turn to speak to her.
TV presenter and political commentator SE Cupp (secupp), a self-proclaimed Republican but who announced she would vote for Biden, was actually pretty open on Twitter, just saying, “Is Pence’s eye okay?”
There were plenty of pop culture references all over Twitter to Penn’s case of bloodshot eyes.
Actor Kumail Najiani (@kumailn) mocked Pence and tweeted, “Every time Pence says, the American people stab each other in the eye.”
Daryl Oliver (@bigdtampa) tweeted a photo of Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars and said, “#VPDebate Mike Pence has a look in his eye that I saw before …”
Attorney Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) went a different direction in a tweet – namely to Middle-earth -: “Mike Pence looked like he had the eye of Sauron through the camera when he was asked if Trump would be taxing $ 750 would pay. ”
Film producer Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) tweeted with a photo of the T-800: “Pence looks like the fake Arnold Schwarzenegger head that cuts out its eyes in Terminator”!
Comedian Josh Gad (@joshgad) wasn’t that smart with a cool reference, just tweeted, “Look, I don’t like Pence either, but I don’t think Trump had to catch him in the eye before the debate.”
It’s unclear at this point who won the debate, but all that attention to a fly and Pence’s Eye really shows that those who watched for an hour and a half weren’t really interested in the subject. And maybe that’s the biggest threat to democracy – we don’t have to worry about foreign interference if that’s the reaction we’re getting.