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article imageIsraeli PM's cartoon bomb at UN sparks Internet meme

By Darren Weir     Sep 28, 2012 in Internet
It didn't take much time for the Internet to respond to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bomb cartoon at the United Nations.
In his speech before the UN on Thursday, Netanyahu held up a cartoon sketch of a bomb, with a lit fuse, to illustrate how close he believes Iran is to creating a nuclear weapon. He even used a red marker to draw a "red line" suggesting that is the point that the US needs to take military action against Iran.
Meme of Prime Minister Netanyahu s cartoon bomb
Meme of Prime Minister Netanyahu's cartoon bomb
Noa Angel
But the sketch has blown up on the Internet, with more than 17,000 mentions on Twitter within the first few minutes of the speech, and creating a new meme with many of the photoshopped images showing up on Tumblr and on 972mag.
PM Netanyahu as Bob Dylan meme
PM Netanyahu as Bob Dylan meme
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The Atlantic magazine's Jeffrey Goldberg compared it to the "Middle East equivalent to Clint Eastwood's chair", on Twitter and asked, "With all the Jewish comic book talent out there, he had to draw a Wile E. Coyote bomb."
Jeffrey Goldberg Tweet
Jeffrey Goldberg Tweet
Twitter/Jeffrey Goldberg
But former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that Netanyahu's cartoon bomb was, "one of the most effective, gripping uses of a chart I've ever seen. Is the world listening??"
Ari Fleischer tweet
Ari Fleischer tweet
Twitter/Ari Fleischer
In an op-ed piece by writer Alexandra Petri, in the Washington Post, she asks, "Was it a calculated choice of a ridiculous-looking, over-simplified picture, created decades before the invention of the Internet by someone with a limited understanding of bombs — in order to create the one indelible image of the afternoon that everyone would be talking about?If this was on purpose, it was brilliant. If this was not, it was — silly is putting it mildly, and an insult to comics artists everywhere."
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
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meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
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meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
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