While You Were Offline: The Internet Can’t Look Away From Kellyanne Conway’s Outfit

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It’s happened! There is now a 45th President of the United States, and America is now officially in a Brave New World. Can you smell the change in the air? Are you ready, as Jack “King” Kirby once put it, for the world that’s coming? Unsurprisingly, the internet this week was focused on the inauguration of Donald John Trump, as if everything else didn’t really exist. But just because you watched it happen on Friday on both TV and Twitter doesn’t mean you know the whole story. As ever, there might have been things you missed. Here, as always, is where we come in. Friends, countrymen: These are the things from the last seven days that you need to know, but might have overlooked.

Kellyanne Conway, Who Are You Wearing?!

What Happened: Rule No. 1 of any big political event: Don’t upstage the guest of honor. Especially by wearing a particularly distracting outfit.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter
What Really Happened: Kellyanne Conway is a fascinating figure, and has been since her entry into the Trump campaign during the election. She comes across as somehow independent from, and an integral part of, Trumpworld, as if she’s always pursuing her own strange agenda that can occasionally diverge from what the new president wants. So perhaps we should have expected that Conway would show up to the inauguration in a particularly eye-catching ensemble:

But what was the inspiration for Conway’s ensemble? Twitter just couldn’t decide:

The Takeaway: And as if the various cosplay jokes weren’t enough, it should be pointed out that the buttons on that coat require special attention.

The buttons are cats. Cats! No wonder the Internet couldn’t look away from this ‘fit.

Tweeting About Tweeting About Writing

What Happened: Donald Trump worked really, really hard on that inauguration speech, you guys.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: In an attempt to drive up interest in the presidential inauguration on Friday, then-President-elect Donald Trump sent out the following tweet early last week:

There is just so much in this image that’s notable, which might be what Trump himself thought before he shared it with the world. Unfortunately, the reasons why it was considered notable might have been different from what the rest of the Internet was thinking

Well, it could be worse:

Thankfully, the latest in high-tech technology of the technical kind meant that it was possible to get a preview of what Trump was writing on that notepad, if Twitter was to be believed. (Spoilers: It wasn’t.)

Hell, even celebrities couldn’t resist:

A photo posted by Karl Urban (@karlurban) on Jan 18, 2017 at 2:03pm PST

The fact that social media was roasting the tweet didn’t go entirely unnoticed, but that’s not to say that the media wasn’t . Including pointing out that that desk he’s sitting at appears to belong to the receptionist at Mar-A-Lago. (Still, he really did write the speech, apparently.)
The Takeaway: Also, did anyone notice that thing about Mar-A-Lago being “the Winter White House”? Is that a thing now?

Why Didn’t Kanye West Perform at the Inauguration? He Wasn’t Asked

What Happened: Considering the trouble the Trump team had in finding people to perform during the inauguration, one would think they might turn to Trump’s pal Kanye West, right? Wrong.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Ahead of Friday’s big day, the question on many lips was “What the hell is going on with the musical entertainment at the inauguration?” After all, even the Bruce Springsteen band dropped out this week, following Jennifer Holliday’s pulling out after over her participation. But salvation, for one brief shining moment, seemed to be at hand:

Ah, yes! Kanye! The man who and then went on to tweet about the importance of their communication. He’s one of the biggest musicians on the planet! Surely he’d perform, right? Short answer: no. But not because he refused to; instead, it turned out, , with a Trump spokesman saying, “He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform.”

That statement—and, particularly, the idea that Kanye wasn’t “typically and traditionally American”— generated a lot coverage in the media, and on Twitter, too:

The Takeaway: Of course, for some, there was a potential upside in the snub:

A Poem for Trump

What Happened: It’s rare that poetry makes the news. This story might reveal why.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: This one is both strange and wonderful. The Scotsman, which as the name suggests, is a Scottish newspaper, ran a report early this week about a poem written by an American writer named Joseph Charles MacKenzie celebrating Donald Trump’s rise to power from the perspective of his Scottish roots. (Trump’s mother Mary was Scottish.) The poem was well, it opens with “With purpose and strength he came down from his tower/To snatch from a tyrant his ill-gotten power,” and includes this excerpt:

“But for all his great wisdom, the braw gallant man
Is matched by his children, the handsome Trump clan,
And the flower of Europe, Melania the fair,
Adds a luster and grace with her long flowing hair.”

That should give you an idea of the quality of the poem. Twitter was, obviously, impressed:

Pretty soon, the media started get excited. (Well, maybe horrified.) Meanwhile, the mention at one point in the poem of “hapless old harridans” in reference to women opposed to Trump got some readers particularly interested:

Meanwhile, the Political Elite were somewhat confused by the whole thing:

Funny story: It wasn’t real. Or, at least, not as reported. As , the poem was essentially a piece of Donald Trump fanfic that got its signal boosted by the Scotsman purely because of the nationalist connection. It was not, as many believed, any kind of “official” inauguration poem, and had no actual connection with the Trump camp. So, you know, maybe things won’t be as bad as feared, after all; at least we’ll be spared more bad verse.
The Takeaway: Of course, for those who wanted a more authentic Scottish response to the new American president, Twitter was happy to help with that, too.

Meanwhile, at the Confirmation Hearings…

What Happened: Hearings for cabinet positions continued last week, offering all kinds of revelations to the general public. Including the surprise revelation of an all-new threat to school kids.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: But that’s enough about Friday’s shenanigans! There were, after all, other shenanigans to enjoy this week, such as the confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, nominated for the position of education secretary on Tuesday. Sure, plenty of people were skeptical that someone who wants public funds diverted to religious schools wouldn’t be the best person for the gig, but surely she would do a good job at her confirmation hearing, right?

OK, OK. But that’s Twitter, and Twitter hates everything. What does the rest of the world think?

Turns , everyone bombed.
The Takeaway: Probably this?

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