Meme Patrol: "Megyn Kelly, Essentially"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 01:42 PM

The over-the-top antics of Fox News commentators make the network ripe for parody, as any loyal viewer of Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert already knows. Of late, the "fair and balanced" net has also become a fertile generator of Internet memes—many of them quotations from its personalities, reframed to highlight their absurdity.

Earlier this year, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly's attempt to defend his belief in God—"Tide goes in, tide goes out...You can’t explain that"—generated an avalanche of Internet mockery from those pointing out that, well, you can explain that, if you believe in gravity and are aware of the existence of the moon. Images of O'Reilly's puzzled face captioned with lines like "BREAD GOES IN, TOAST COMES OUT — CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT" and "BOATS ARE HEAVY, BUT THEY FLOAT — CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT" soon proliferated in threads on Reddit and on sites like MemeGenerator.

Yesterday's spirited defense of brutal police actions toward UC-Davis protesters by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is threatening to launch a fresh meme, already spilling out of a thread on Gawker into the free-range web. Attempting to diminish the impact of Lt. John Pike's casual spraying of quiet, seated Occupy Davis students directly in the face with military-grade pepper spray, Kelly called the corrosive substance "a derivative of actual pepper....It's a food product, essentially."

Here are the best of the "Megyn Kelly, Essentially" meme that have arisen overnight:

  • Megyn Kelly on mustard gas: "It's a hot dog condiment, essentially!
  • Megyn Kelly on nuclear weapons: "It's a microwave dinner, essentially!
  • Megyn Kelly on tasers: "It’s static cling, essentially!
  • Megyn Kelly on rubber bullets: "It’s a pencil eraser, essentially!
  • Megyn Kelly on Guantanamo: "It's a Caribbean vacation, essentially!
  • Megyn Kelly on waterboarding: "It's a water park ride, essentially!"    
  • Megyn Kelly on homelessness: "It's urban camping, essentially!"
  • Megyn Kelly on Jerry Sandusky: "It's mentorship, essentially!"
  • Megyn Kelly on zip-tie handcuffs: "It's a Live Strong bracelet, essentially!"       
  • Megyn Kelly on stress positions: "It's like yoga, essentially!
  • Megyn Kelly on fingernail extraction: "It's a mani-pedi, essentially!"     
  • Megyn Kelly on genital mutilation: "It's a Brazilian wax, essentially!"  
  • Megyn Kelly on Auschwitz: "It was a three-star hotel, essentially!"

More almost certainly to come.

(It should be noted that the pepper-spraying incident itself has also gone meme, as All Things Considered's Mark Memmott noted yesterday.)

Jeff Yang, Pop & Politics blogger for "It's a Free Country," writes the column Tao Jones for the Wall Street Journal Online. Follow him on Twitter at @originalspin.


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Comments [8]

Thanks, Torus34, for making me go out and learn why there are 2 high tides in a day, rather than hem and haw.

Dec. 25 2011 04:23 PM
Sebastian from Stockholm, SWE

Fox News - it's a news network, essentially.

Dec. 06 2011 02:31 PM
kleh from Porthole, OR

U mad at Megyn Kelly for speaking truth bro?

Nov. 26 2011 01:56 PM

She also called it "abrasive and intrusive...several went to the hospital".

Nov. 26 2011 08:16 AM
Andy Walker from CA

FOX News. It's just ignorance essentially.

Nov. 23 2011 10:07 AM

On: 'The tide come in, ...'

Real life and science isn't quite as simple as the realm of political sound bites would have us believe. [The hair on the back of my neck rises whenever I encounter the phrase 'common sense'.]

Consider the following:

Fact: The tides are due to the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a much lesser extent, the sun, on the earth's oceans.

Fact: Following the moon's passage overhead, there's a high tide.

That's the slow wind-up. Now for the fast pitch --

Fact: There are two, not one, high tides each day. [OK, OK! Each 25 or so hours.]

Fact: While there's a high tide on one side of the earth assignable to the pull of the moon, there's a second high tide on the other side of the earth.

OK, folks. Why the second tide?

[Science types will know the answer. Liberals will hem and haw. Conservatives will change the subject.]

Nov. 22 2011 06:38 PM

Megyn Kelly, she is a genious, essentially..

Nov. 22 2011 03:41 PM

What is wrong is that we have a do nothing establishment,President, congress, senate and the twelve.

Nov. 22 2011 02:49 PM

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