The 2020 vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris was much more composed than last week’s presidential debate but it was no less memeable.
Even before the debate was over, memes — born out of subtle moments — started dominating parts of social media platforms such as TikTok and Twitter.
Harris’ smirk became an instant reaction meme, jokes were lobbed about “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host and drag queen RuPaul’s fracking, and, perhaps the most viral, was the fly that landed atop Pence’s head.
Here are our top memes of the night.
During the debate, Pence said the Democratic ticket would ban fracking, which Harris denied.
But the back-and-forth about fracking reminded Twitter of RuPaul’s interview earlier this year with NPR, during which he talked about owning land in Wyoming and appeared to reference allowing oil companies to frack on that land, according to the Guardian.
As the discussion of fracking was underway at the debate, RuPaul’s name immediately trended on Twitter as social media seized on the moment.
“Pence is trying to get the rupaul vote that’s why he never shuts up about fracking,” one Twitter user wrote.
“RuPaul will not have Kamala take away his fracking rights,” another wrote.
Others posted reaction memes with images of RuPaul looking shocked, with tweets implying that was the drag queen’s reaction to hearing Harris’ answer about fracking.
Some on social media argued that the real winner of the night was Harris’ facial expressions.
As Pence spoke, the senator smiled as she waited for her turn to respond, but Twitter couldn’t help but compare her smirks to other television moments.
Several tweets compared the look Harris gave Pence to a squinting smile made by the “Game of Thrones” character Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.
Amid the heated Vice Presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, a stray housefly that landed on US Vice President Mike Pence’s head of thick white hair became an unlikely star on the social media. Notably, the fly stayed there for two-three minutes, however, Pence seemed acutely unaware of the unwelcome visitor’s presence as he made no attempts to shoo it away. But, of course, it took no time for social media users to spot it and thereon, the VP debate As was expected, the fly brought laughs and spawned a whole new cluster of Twitter accounts. The fly has now topped the list of trending questions from the debate, and amusingly so.
Total time a fly sat on Mike Pence’s head: two minutes pic.twitter.com/PtI0rKSi5I
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 8, 2020
Joining in the fun, Biden’s campaign also tweeted, “Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly.” His campaign set up a website, flywillvote.com, to register voters and within the hour, it was selling a “Truth over Flies” fly swatter for $10.
Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly. https://t.co/CqHAId0j8t pic.twitter.com/NbkPl0a8HV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 8, 2020
“Everyone jealous because I got the best seat for the debate tonight” tweeted a MikePenceFly handle. “Please retweet if you agree that I defeated Mike Pence tonight,” came from TheFlyBeatHim. Here is how the fly triggered an avalanche of hilarious reactions on social media:
Love a reoccurring character. pic.twitter.com/aejroSTi6C
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) October 8, 2020
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 8, 2020
But did the fly poop on Mike Pence head while it was there?
The Flies pic.twitter.com/XUg8SbuS5O
— Trails (@heretoplaywoot) October 8, 2020
This fly thing on @Mike_Pence
Hailey Bieber, like most of us, is tired.
“Sorry, I’m yawning. I’m sorry!,” she tells InStyle over the phone.
The supermodel just returned to LA from Milan Fashion Week, where she was spotted with bleached brows and significantly darker hair than her signature buttery blonde.
But we get it. Feeling utterly exhausted is a 2020 mood, thanks to the stress of socially distancing for several months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, and the impending Presidential election (more on that later). Plus, being jet lagged isn’t exactly the best feeling to add to that mix.
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That’s why Bieber, who’s known for having fun with her beauty looks (remember her cotton candy pink hair?), mostly prefers to keep her routine low key when she’s not on a shoot or a runway — especially while quarantining with husband, Justin Bieber, in Canada and LA.
“During quarantine, I took care of all things, including eyelashes, eyebrows, hair, skin, because I really had the time to focus on that,” she says. “There was no work, there was no dyeing of the hair.”
Her relaxed, effortless vibe is what makes her partnership with bareMinerals a perfect fit. Bieber is the face of the clean beauty brand’s new Strength & Length Collection, a growth serum-infused mascara and brow gel.
Ahead, Bieber breaks down her quarantine beauty routine, reveals her go-to products, and why it’s important to get political on social media.
What has been your approach to makeup during COVID-19?
I have been using the Strength & Length Mascara and Brow Gel a lot because I feel like we’re all wearing masks and you can’t really go anywhere without them. I don’t leave the house without using a brow gel,
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I love the internet. I love domain names, and I also love history. Being at the age I am, I had the opportunity to see the internet start as the wild west when it was thousands of message boards, chatrooms and loads of pirated music. The good old days were back when one of the most well-known taglines was “You’ve got mail,” Netscape was your browser, Clippy was crashing computers everywhere, Napster/Limewire was pumping music through Winamp, and Minesweeper was the staple game on every Windows Operating system.
This was a place where large corporations didn’t know what to do about the internet or perhaps even attempt to understand it. Some of these companies saw the internet as a fad and did not capitalize on the opportunity that many of the established internet brands did that lead the market today. Like me, the internet has grown up, and it is a totally different place than it was more than 25 years ago when many of us think it started.
It didn’t start in the mid to late ’90s or early 2000s. It happened even earlier — much earlier. Try more than 15 years earlier. On March 15, 1985, the first domain ever was registered: Symbolics.com. If you go to the domain today, the owners of it have turned it into an online museum of the internet focusing on the innovation, technology and science that got us where we are today.
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1. April 14, 1985: BBN.com
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The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday was marked by verbal jabs, name-calling and lots of crosstalk.
That hostility became instant meme fodder on social media.
Historically, presidential debates have been rife for memeing. The debates leading up to the 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and Trump were not only famously contentious but also a trove of timeless memes. Whether it was Trump leaning into the microphone proclaiming, “Wrong!” or Clinton shaking her shoulders after zinging Trump, many moments are still frequently used as gifs and memes on social media platforms like Twitter.
However, while many lamented online that Tuesday night’s debate was largely unproductive and stress-inducing as both Trump and Biden spoke over each other, several moments managed to permeate the chaos to become full-fledged memes.
Here’s our roundup of the best social media memes and moments from the first debate.
The Real (Debate) Housewives
As Trump and Biden bickered back and forth at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Twitter users began to compare the debate to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” series.
“The Real Housewives,” a reality show that follows wealthy women in various cities and holds a reunion at the end of each season, often devolves into shouting matches and name-calling — not unlike the performances of Trump and Biden on the debate stage.
Bravo is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.
“This is more like a real housewives reunion than a debate lol,” tweeted Sean Garrette, an “ambassador” for Fenty Skin, a skincare company.