The Online Discourse is taxing at the best of times. Once in a while, though, the internet gods send us little gifts to see us safely through the swirling maelstrom of thinkpieces, giving us just enough energy to keep swimming upstream.
One such gift is a video of actress Keke Palmer failing to identify former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during a Vanity Fair lie-detector test, which went viral on Twitter over the weekend. In the video, Palmer studies a photo of Cheney and tells her interviewer, “I hate to say it, I hope I don’t sound ridiculous...I don’t know who this man is. I mean, he could be walking down the street, I wouldn’t know a thing. Sorry to this man.”
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It's totally understandable that Palmer, arguably the funniest part of this month’s hit film Hustlers, wouldn’t be able to recognize Cheney on sight; after all, she's only 26, which would have made her a grade-schooler at the start of Cheney’s tenure as vice president, and the Bush administration was so chock-full of balding, medium-evil white guys that trying to tell them apart often felt like an exercise in futility. Palmer has been briefed on Cheney’s identity in the days since the video first went viral, telling Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, “After finding out who he is, I’m glad I didn’t know.”
While Palmer can never go back to the halcyon days of not knowing who Cheney was, the purity of her dismissing him with a simple “sorry to this man”—as innocent as Eve before the fall—will live on. Below, check out our favorite Twitter reactions to Palmer’s accidental ethering of Cheney.
Originally Appeared on Vogue