The Iranians – very attentive to the election and what the outcome could signal to US policies like economic sanctions – delivered a steady stream of jokes online and countered the election. deadlock.
Alex Shams, an Iranian-American scholar and writer based in Tehran, wrote on Twitter: “The elections in the US have overwhelmed Iran’s meme world. One genre of meme depicting President Trump and first lady Melania Trump begging God in traditional Iranian style is to prepare food to honor the saints.
Amid the onslaught of different colored electoral maps, another meme showed smiling former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ̵1; whose controversial re-election in 2009 caused a mishap big alright – next to a purely brown map of America showing that he won all the states in an implicit comparison with Trump. Other jokes note the intensity that Iranians are watching during and outside the election, with relatively obscure states like Georgia and Arizona suddenly becoming household names.
Nevada, and its relatively late entry as a battlefield state and slow vote count, like a bum, stand out in mash-ups with Iranian music and other video clips.
While in the Middle East, Arab leaders mostly kept quiet when there are no official election results, Arabs across many countries have created humorous memes and videos of elections, transitions. Batch for people and groups via popular WhatsApp app.
Various iterations of the same meme surfaced: Arab men standing around, happily breaking sunflower seeds, overlaid with the words “Arabs watched the US election movie no matter who they knew. elected will bomb their territory. ” A Venn diagram depicts an overlap between Trump, Iran-ally Hezbollah and US sanctions, and “my father is fighting my mother”. In the center of the scheme, where all three things overlap: “If I lose, I won’t leave.”
The Arabs also joked that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s full name in Arabic could be written as Yousseff Baydoun, which resembles a famous family name in Syria and Lebanon. “Yousseff Baydoun, 2020” reads an Arabic meme about the imaginary closing of the election.
With the United States’ electoral map always under close scrutiny, a China-themed meme imagined a similar situation in the election under dictator Xi Jinping’s Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Another genre of jokes places pictures of brawling men underneath the phrase, “America elects its own president,” with an image of a formal looking panel and comments, “United States vote. presidential election of Latin American countries. “
The Georgians – citizens of Eurasia, not states – can imagine what a US politician could be like to attract their vote.
After Trump repeatedly tweeted to “stop counting,” Internet users around the world challenged the legitimacy of his appeal by interpreting his comments as a reference to the “Sesame” character. Street”.
While jokes help alleviate general global anxiety, commentators say some of the implications of US foreign policy are far from humorous. Iranian-American journalist Arash Karami tweeted: “Joking about promoting democracy at home instead of abroad is not funny”, Iranian-American journalist Arash Karami tweeted and added that “Millions of lives were lost in this project”.
Sarah Dadouch has contributed reports from Lebanon.