We are in the year 2017 where space ventures are perfectly imaginable. Doing away with gender binary classification… not so much, but going to outer space is definitely not a dream. Actually, it hasn’t been one for decades now. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history by journeying into outer space way back in 1961. Fast forward to 2017, this one journalist mocked an 8-year-old drag queen, with a factually (and grammatically) incorrect, embarrassment of an attempt of a meme.
Ian Miles Cheong tweeted a picture of an 8-year-old boy who also goes by his drag queen alter-ego Lactatia. He captioned the picture, “1977: We’ll going to go to space in 40 years. It’ll be amazing! 2017:” thereby, sarcastically taking a jibe at the advancements humans have made in the last four decades. However, as most of us know, space was already “Been There. Done That” by 1977. In fact, it was only 1969 when Neil Armstrong did his historic moonwalk. Obviously, Cheong needed to do a quick fact check before going on social media.
Here is Cheong’s original tweet:
1977: We'll going to go to space in 40 years. It'll be amazing!
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 2, 2017
Needless to say, the internet was ruthless in reminding him of his fallacies. And we say fallac-IES because…
1. Scientific fact:
we went to space in 1961 you fucking dolt https://t.co/nUYlhgfoWp
— Laney @ Irma (@MERMAlDMAKI) September 3, 2017
That doesn't even make sense. 'We will going to go to space in 40 years' ?????? pic.twitter.com/IfFeaciTNo
— A (@AlFonofehi) September 4, 2017
3. Believing children can’t explore themselves:
y does this child experimenting with their selfimage & harming no1 bother u so much? y cant this child enjoy themselves? y r u so offended?
— (@lynxmari127) September 5, 2017
Basically, it was THE mess up of 2017. Now, what is a man to do except to accept his mistake and move on? Apparently, for Cheong, that was not a rheotorical question and he went on to do this:
This is the laziest clapback, and also wrong. The earth's outer atmosphere extends all the way out to 960 km. Yuri Gagarin achieved 200 km. pic.twitter.com/OsFSwGjPic
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 4, 2017
Say, what?! Did he just hit rock bottom? What’s next? Claiming humans never went to space and all those moon landing videos were all fake? He didn’t do that, but he got pretty close…
So. Much. Cringe.
The internet settled it once and for all as they brought out their worst:
imagine getting owned so hard you have to try and argue that humans have actually never gone to space pic.twitter.com/J24BsdsiE0
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) September 5, 2017
Imagine getting so mad about what an 8-year-old you don't know is doing that you forget the Space Race and that humans walked on the moon.
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) September 5, 2017
1972: wow Watergate, great scoop
2017: professional journalist denies humans have been to space to avoid being humiliated online
— Sam (@samrydast) September 6, 2017
What I want to know is why I can't be trans on a space colony
— beep boop shibes (@Andrew_Graruru) September 6, 2017
Space was a lot further away back then.
— Elastic Sheep (@elastic_sheep) September 6, 2017
Internet, never change please.
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