This Far-Right Tweet About "The Future That Liberals Want" Backfired Into A Huge Meme

“Religious freedom, kicky daytime drag looks, and a robust public transit program? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.”

1. On Wednesday, far-right Twitter user @polNewsNetwork1 denounced this photo as “the future that liberals want.”

2. And right off the bat, it kiiiiind of backfired.

5. In fact, people were like, “Yeah, actually. That’s exactly what we want. Bingo.”

I don't want to say "literally, yeah" but also...literally, yeah. https://t.co/JGMhLbHWMq

— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian)

@polNewsNetwork1 oooo heaven is a place on earth

— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley)

8. And some said it’s not just the future they want — it’s the present, too.

One where people mind their damn business & don't harm others for being different? Affirmative. This is the present… https://t.co/TIcnr2qD3c

— Dwayne David Paul (@DwayneDavidPaul)

This is the present. The future is this, but without someone taking your damn photo the whole time. https://t.co/mRZQS72lfs

— Huw Lemmey (@huwlemmey)

10. Then, naturally, people came with the memes.

This is the future liberals want.

— 🐺🤜🐸💨 (@SFtheWolf)

this is the future liberals want

— darth™ (@darth)

this is the future Liberals want

— JuanPa (@jpbrammer)

This is the future that liberals want

— Viktor Winetrout (@Cpin42)

14. “This is the future liberals want.”

This is the future that liberals want.

— Mat (@MatCro)

This is the future that liberals want.

— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears)

This is the future that liberals want.

— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo)

17. *clutches pearls*

This is the future that liberals want

— Sam 🐫 Kriss (@sam_kriss)

This is the future that liberals want.

— Philip K. Dingus (@PhilipKDingus)

This is the future that liberals want.

— Post-Culture Review (@PostCultRev)

20. The HORROR.

this is the future that liberals want

— ishmael n. daro (@iD4RO)

This is the future that liberals want.

— Chai Goth (@Abid_ism)

This is the future liberals want

— Ian Williams (@Brock_toon)

23. WHAT IS AMERICA COMING TO!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!11

this is the future that liberals want

— Amanda M-W (@Manda_like_wine)

This is the future that liberals want

— Jack Cat 😽 (@MrJackCat)

This is the future that liberals want

— Jocelyn Plums (@FilthyRichmond)

26. The drag queen in the photo, Gilda Wabbit, told BuzzFeed News the photo was originally posted on @subwaycreatures, where it was used to showcase the beauty of New York’s diversity.

She couldn’t care less about the far-right account tweeting her photo, she said, but “the clapback against the negative attention from the far-right has been fabulous.”

“I won’t speak for all liberals, but my goal is for everyone — white, brown, drag queen, soccer mom, cisgender, trans, heterosexual, queer, working class, middle class — to be able to exist as they choose without judgement or fear,” she said.

She does not know who her seat-mate was, but hopes she can find her in the midst of all the media attention.

“I hope one day that a picture of a woman in modesty garb sitting next to a colorful drag queen isn’t out of the ordinary — that it’s every day life for everyone!” she added.

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Julia Reinstein is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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