We’d be a bit pissed too!
Last year, Louis Virtel, a gay stand up comedian, became famous on Jeopardy! when he gave a celebratory snap after he correctly answered a Daily Double question.
The snap (above) quickly became an Internet meme; unfortunately for Virtel, one group that used the image was the GOP.
The Republican party decided to Snapchat the State of the Union address — for some reason — and used Louis’ photo and labeled it “snap of the union” on their site.
This didn’t just bother the comedian, it apparently infuriated him as he posted a response on HitFix saying:
“Nothing about representing myself on Jeopardy! with excitement, self-possession, and pride has anything to do with the GOP’s ideals, and it is borderline traumatizing to see my image associated with their horrifying, regressive shambles of a party. Every fearful, closeted kid I knew growing up in suburban Illinois had one thing in common: ignorant, blindly adherent Republican parents.”
The former Jeopardy! contestant went on to say:
“The GOP’s aggressive, antigay hysteria fills me with contempt, and this is just another laughably moronic mistake to consider alongside their regressive legacy.”
What is “Preach, Louis!”