Monday, May 22, 2017

Super Villains

Obviously didn't consider the optics on this one.  (Or maybe they did!)
A startling photograph of Donald Trump, the Egyptian president [Abdel Fatah al-Sisi] and Saudi [King Salman bin Abdulaziz] placing their hands on a glowing orb at a summit in Riyadh has prompted comparisons between the US president and villains from comic books and film.


Local media reported that the leaders’ placing their hands on the globe “officially activated the [the new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology] and launched a splashy welcome video”. But, in an ironic twist, the image of the inauguration swiftly drew comparisons to Hydra, the villainous organisation bent on world domination of the Marvel universe.


Even Breitbart News seemed to convey disbelief at the image, sharing it on Twitter alongside a still of George Lucas’ response to criticism of his Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace: “I may have gone too far in a few places.”


Check the look on Abdulaziz' face.  It looks like he's peeking over to see if it's actually working on Trump.  The close-up, on the other hand...

Trump is creepy enough in regular light.

How ironic is it that a couple of dictators and a man whose business dealings involved racketeers, mobsters and money laundering, are christening an anti-terror center?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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