This week, the Met Gala was on, Gerry Adams was racist, Danny Healy-Rae was problematic, and Ted Cruz elbowed his wife in the face. He also withdrew his presidential candidacy after the Indiana primaries, leaving the path clear for Donald Trump to secure the Republican nomination.
@GerryAdamsSF tries to justify use of N-word in tweet, fails #GerryAdams
On Sunday night, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams watched popular Tarantino film Django Unchained. Gerry Adams liked Django Unchained so much that he decided to go on the internet and say a few words about it. Gerry Adams posted the N-word in a tweet about Django Unchained that was also about Ballymurphy.
While the tweet was swiftly deleted, it wasn’t long before Adams replaced it with another explaining exactly why a very well-known political figure such as himself was using the N-word on social media in 2016. According to Gerry, the whole thing was nothing more than a big misunderstanding, and we had all simply missed out on the blatant irony of the tweet. Silly us.
Any1 who saw Django would know my tweets&N-word were ironic.Nationalists in Nth were treated like African Americans.
— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) May 2, 2016
Adams’ claim that the oppression and racism that black Americans fought/are still fighting against is no different to the struggle nationalists underwent in the North confused – and angered – a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. One of those reasons was because those two things are not the same. Another reason was because, even if they were, the N-word is not our word to say. It’s racist. Everybody in the country knows it’s racist. Everybody except Gerry Adams, apparently.
Adams then proceeded to dig himself into an even deeper hole by stating that he did not see himself as white, and that if anyone should be offended by his tweet, it should be the people of Ballymurphy, because he was comparing them to Django, an “uppity fenian.”
Adams went on to say that although he does recognise that “being horsewhipped or hanged” is not the same as other forms of discrimination, he wishes that all people could be treated with respect and dignity, and that if anyone wanted to debate his use of the N-word with him, he would be happy to engage.
Lots of people on Twitter wanted to debate Adams’ use of the N-word, so they did. They also wanted to speculate as to how the Sinn Féin press office was going to sort this one out, so they did that too.
Gerry Adams revealing himself to be your uncle who insists that "there's nothing wrong with calling them 'coloured people'"
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) May 1, 2016
Gerry Adams' team working through the night. pic.twitter.com/qFN3tODF6K
— Elaine (@LeanIago) May 1, 2016
— Ted Quote of the Day (@FrTedQOTD) May 2, 2016
Gerry Adams next book of tweets is gonna be a hard sell
— Brian Casey (@bocathasaigh) May 1, 2016
Still can't believe Gerry Adams tweeted this last night pic.twitter.com/vzHEueGRn9
— Ciara (@Ciara_Knight) May 2, 2016
This week, Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign came to an end when he lost the Indiana primaries on Tuesday night. Prior to dropping out, Cruz called Donald Trump a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral” in an attempt to win some more support, but it didn’t work, so he decided to call it a day instead.
Lots of people were very happy that Cruz’s campaign had finally come to a close because he is an anti-choice conservative who opposes marriage equality, denounces the Black Lives Matter movement, and supports the death penalty. He is also the Zodiac killer.
I hope Ted Cruz zodiac kills Donald Trump
— Velvet (@velveteen15) May 4, 2016
But Cruz’s loss was bittersweet because it meant that Trump had pretty much secured the Republican nomination – a fact that was confirmed not long after Cruz’s campaign termination when John Kasich suspended his own.
Now that Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race, he's going back to his previous job, asking weary travelers riddles from under a bridge
— Megan Amram (@meganamram) May 5, 2016
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 4, 2016
That kid on MSNBC nailed it: "I'd love to watch a TV show with Donald Trump as President, but I don't want to live in a country like that."
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) May 5, 2016
Ted Cruz is the father of the groom who gives a 20 minute toast even though everyone hates him and he didn't pay for the wedding.
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) May 4, 2016
Everyone is fretting over how to stop Donald Trump like all we had to do was start a gay rumor months ago you all are dumb
— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) May 4, 2016
what part of the galaxy do you think ted cruz is in now
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) May 5, 2016
Trump still needs another 184 delegates to officially secure his nomination.
The #MetGala happens, Twitter talks about it
This week, the Met Gala was on. This was a good thing because lots of people looked very nice, people on the internet got to talk about those peoples’ clothes, funds got raised for something, and Claire Danes had a light up dress.
Every year the Met Gala has a theme. This year’s theme was Fashion in an Age of Technology, so lots of people wore silver. Some other people like Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry wore tamagotchis, and Zayn Malik had some tin over his arms.
Most people just wore suits and regular dresses and didn’t really make an effort. Except Beyonce. Beyonce looked nice.
— GIVENCHY (@givenchy) May 3, 2016
The thirst is STRONG with some of the #MetGala guests. I'm trying to imagine what it must be like to want fame that much. Exhausting?
— Louise O' Neill (@oneilllo) May 3, 2016
— ᴇᴅɪɴᴀ ✨ (@toomuchflicker) May 3, 2016
So I think the Met Gala is just they get out of a car, they go up the stairs and inside there's just another car that drives them back home.
— Alex Baze (@bazecraze) May 3, 2016
All those people celebrating tech at the #MetGala last night and not a single one knew how to help Thom Yorke get his tweets back.
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) May 3, 2016
Still not over the fact that the pigeon was literally the best dressed at the Met Gala
— john (@Scarlet4UrMa) May 3, 2016
First Met Gala. On that Afro futurism wave. pic.twitter.com/BMuGfpn0o3
— Amandla (@amandlastenberg) May 4, 2016
#DannyHealyRae adamant that #climatechange is not a thing
On Wednesday, Danny Healy-Rae went into the Dáil and said that he did not believe in climate change because God controls the weather.
Danny Healy Rae does not believe in climate change at all. "God above is in charge of the weather and we here can't do anything about it."
— harrymcgee (@harrymcgee) May 4, 2016
The Independent TD has stated that although he has been listening to Eamon Ryan and the Green Party talk about climate change for years, they have yet to convince him that actual human beings have anything to do with the destruction of the earth.
Surprisingly, Ryan actually welcomed the comments because they finally got people talking about climate change. Speaking to the Independent, he said: “If only it was true (…) But all the science for the past 150 years shows this has been happening.”
Twitter was not so welcoming of Healy-Rae’s comments, and instead spent some valuable time photoshopping photos and sending funny tweets. It was good.
The Healy-Rae cycle. pic.twitter.com/rYUP7DgGmw
— Ciara (@Ciaraioch) May 4, 2016
Danny Healy-Rae, climate change expert, recalls the weather back when he and Michael were painting the walls of their cave. #todaysor
— Donal O'Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) May 5, 2016