A tweet posted in a forum on the elusive image board website 4Chan that’s a supposed safe haven for “political incorrectness” — but has often been a breeding ground for hate-mongering — has revealed, well, just how off base those claiming to despise PC culture really are.
Apparently, according to the post Wednesday from @polNewsNetwork1 that has since gone viral, an image of two people — not in the future, but in real life on planet Earth today — minding their own business on public transportation is, to some people, a representation of the undoing of America.
This is the future that liberals want. pic.twitter.com/QwterpqQbH
— /pol/ News Network (@polNewsNetwork1) March 1, 2017
But by labeling such innocuous behavior as the goal of liberals, the social media voices of the far right got way more than they reckoned for when others on Twitter started calling them out on their indignation.
Gilda Wabbit, the flame-haired drag queen seen in the photograph, even issued a statement of her own. “I’ve been attempting to ignore the negative feedback it’s received, although some friends have been sending me screenshots,” she noted. “The positive comments have been thrilling though! I’m reminded that the country was utterly divided during this election and there is so much hope for the future still left in our country. I won’t speak for all liberals, but I’d like to see a future where it isn’t a big deal for a woman in full modesty garb to sit next to a drag queen in NYC. It’s become a bit of a sensation, but her and I were just existing. The freedom to simply be yourself in a sea of people who aren’t like you is a freedom we all deserve.”
As one Twitter user succinctly stated:
It says something that a conservative looks at picture and thinks, "This is the future liberals want." That's not the future; that's now.
— Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) March 3, 2017
Others pointed out that if this is the “goal” of liberals, then, well, the bar is pretty low:
This is the future, period. You can either deal with that or move to the woods and let the rest of the world spin on without you. https://t.co/NjqWETGMYJ
— Amadi (@amaditalks) March 2, 2017
@amaditalks the future liberals want is…people feeling free to dress and present how they prefer, and using public transportation?
— Scott Madin (@ScottMadin) March 2, 2017
Some jumped in and made clear that if this is the future, then they’re all in:
And plenty of other people pointed out what a nonissue everything in the photo actually is:
— Darrin Riggins (@driggins67) March 2, 2017
— Sunny Burn ☀ (@sunweasel) March 2, 2017
@WGladstone "This is the future liberals want" people peacefully sharing space without issue (and apparently affording luxuries)? Uh…yes?
— DanManX (@DanManX) March 2, 2017
Still others laughed off the ridiculousness outright:
— P!nkism (@MidApollo) March 2, 2017
And others pointed out why the tweet in question speaks for itself:
When the fascists accidentally make a strong case for your values https://t.co/fHPHY8QUf9
— Emil Seidel ???? (@mayorseidel) March 2, 2017
And then, of course, there were the memes:
this is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/6671NeUw3y
— Amanda M-W (@Manda_like_wine) March 2, 2017
This is the future liberals want pic.twitter.com/i0mrJ7Rg3q
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) March 3, 2017
Retweeted Becky Black (@beckyblackbooks):
— Devin Bocka (@DevintheCool) March 3, 2017
This is the future that liberals want. pic.twitter.com/nyIRqI0yDs
— Mark Ciccarello (@bitsinmotion) March 3, 2017
This is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/yihL4JmzaE
— ampersand (@turing_ebooks) March 3, 2017
This is the future liberals want, tbh: pic.twitter.com/lNCNMc9rC0
— Kedzie Teller (@Kedz) March 3, 2017
— Maurice Troute (@Reesepdx) March 3, 2017
this is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/z4TluO6oUT
— Bad Hombre (@cos_mai) March 3, 2017
This is the future liberals want. pic.twitter.com/JN71UMqJQB
— Lisa Gifford (@LisaGifford) March 3, 2017
This is the future liberals want. pic.twitter.com/0vw17g0uvB
— Regina baughn (@singfourlife) March 3, 2017