People think Trump watches "Gorilla Channel" 17 hours a day
Just before the release of ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ a tell-all book about Trump’s first year in office, @pixelatedboat, a parody Twitter account posted a fake excerpt from the book that fooled a lot of people.
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
“Trump seemed to be under the impression that a TV channel existed that screened nothing but gorilla-based content, 24 hours a day,” the parody account tweeted.
In order to appease the president, the post said White House staffers edited footage from several documentaries to create a “makeshift” gorilla channel. The staffers were then able to broadcast the channel into Trump’s bedroom TV from “a hastily-constructed transmission tower on the South Lawn.”
However, Trump was “bored” with their efforts, complaining the gorillas were not fighting enough. So, the staff added more footage of gorillas fighting each other until the president was “satisfied.”
“I think he thinks the gorillas can hear him,” the fake source added.
The post was retweeted more than 17,000 times by Friday and many users seemed to actually believe the story.
That's some scary sh^t there.He's living in another state of mind.— christi b athans (@AthansChristi) January 5, 2018
I thought it was real for a minute https://t.co/hfh76ibMiz— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) January 5, 2018
Many cited the fake excerpt as a reason not to take Wolff’s new book seriously.
he deleted it, but: pic.twitter.com/2Rm8m6lZtJ— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) January 5, 2018
Eric Garland wonders why everyone dunks on him and then he goes and does this pic.twitter.com/JOUxVEBZ7p— Gene Park (@GenePark) January 5, 2018
While some were fooled, most tweeters immediately understood the story was a joke.
Everyone loves the Gorilla Channel, a channel in which gorillas do nothing but fight!— Philip Bump (@pbump) January 5, 2018
*five minutes later*
We regret to inform you that the possible existence of the Gorilla Channel has revealed uncomfortable things about the American electorate.
The Gorilla Channel Test: If enough people find it plausible that the president has spent multiple hours hunched in front of a television, shouting instructions to gorilla fight combatants, maybe it's time for a new president.— Pat Race (@alaskarobotics) January 5, 2018
I propose this amendment to the constitution.
In order to clear up any confusion that his tweet was a parody, the original poster even changed the display name of his Twitter page to “the gorilla channel thing is a joke.” However, he did not think it would actually help.
Wonder if this new display name will help. Probably not.— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
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