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Twitter Lost Its Mind Over This Trump Gorilla Channel Parody

It has come to this.

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In case you haven't heard, there's a book called Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House about President Trump that has Twitter abuzz. There are some pretty explosive allegations in it.

Apparently, Trump took regular pleasure in pointing out that his sons — Trump Jr. and Eric — "were in the back of t… https://t.co/ilwofwJJ1E

And this is @PixelatedBoat, a popular comedic account most famous for creating the Milkshake Duck meme.

The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist

Pixelated Boat — or "the gorilla channel this is a joke" as he's now known — posted a joke on Twitter Thursday night. It was a fake excerpt from Fire and Fury, featuring "the gorilla channel."

Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind:

People fell for the joke pretty quickly, even though Pixelated Boat tweeted that it's a parody less than two hours later.

@pixelatedboat This is scarier than shit knowing this human being has the capability to use nuclear weapons. I shud… https://t.co/fhK6zzsqgN

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High-profile personalities, like author Eric Garland, tweeted about the gorilla channel like it was real.

I can't believe people are actually falling for the gorilla channel thing

He later admitted he fell for the prank.

Dammit guys, I got totally punked on the Gorilla Channel thing - but when you've already gotten to "eating KFC in b… https://t.co/t9urO1QJ0n

Even the day after Pixelated Boat's tweet, people were wondering what is going on.

I’m sorry I have a question Is the gorilla channel thing real or fake? I thought it was clearly fake but people… https://t.co/orHj38KJ1Q

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Apparently, the first part of the parody was too believable for some.

I actually believed this until I got to the part about the "transmission tower" https://t.co/J6MOOVbEjW

Others said the White House's previous behavior is what made them doubt the excerpt was a joke.

Took me a few minutes to realize this was a joke. What’s wild is that as crazy as this was, the truth in this White… https://t.co/B88MIpZisB

But mostly, people just wanted the gorilla channel to be real.

I love how this makes fun of Trumpland and also its beyond-gullible critics. Also, I want a gorilla channel for rea… https://t.co/JCQPtaRAQp

And began willing it into existence.

We now return to...The Gorilla Channel

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It wasn't long before the gorilla channel became a meme of its own.

love my job as a gorilla channel executive, making boutique gorilla programming for influencers

"And I tried to tell the producer that we didn't want to fight, and it didn't matter what the president wanted."

Remember when Gorilla Channel used to actually play music?

Some threw it back to Benghazi.

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And of course no gorilla joke is complete without a solemn, respectful nod to Harambe.

Finally got around to seeing the Harambe documentary on the Gorilla Channel. Powerful stuff, highly recommend it.

It was all hypnotizing to watch.

spending my day off watching Gorilla Channel Twitter has helped me empathize a little bit with people who slow down to look at a car crash

But maybe next time a search of the subject matter and a sober second thought would help.

You: #resist!!!!!! Also you: gorillas?!? I knew it! Me: judging and actively mistrusting all of you.

Jane Lytvynenko is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada. PGP fingerprint: A088 89E6 2500 AD3C 8081 BAFB 23BA 21F3 81E0 101C.

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