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#HipsterCongress is a Twitter hashtag associated with humorous one-liners characterizing the United States Congress as a hipster stereotype. The hashtag can be seen as a part of the American public’s growing dissent over the United States government shutdown which began on October 1st, 2013 and remains ongoing as of October 8th.
The hashtag joke emerged at around noon (ET) on October 8th, 2013, the beginning of the second week into the government shutdown, when @JesseBerney used the hashtag in response to his friend @AnaMarieCox’s tweet linking to a Public Policy Polling press release titled “Americans like Witches, the IRS, and even Hemorrhoids better than Congress.”
From there, the joke quickly gained momentum in the following hours as other users on Twitter joined in with their own jokes, including @ShawnFleek who contributed more than a dozen of #hipstercongress tweets and The Office comedian and writer BJ Novak. By 2 p.m. (ET), Mashable had published a compilation of the tweets in an article titled “21 Funniest #HipsterCongress Tweets You Probably Haven’t Heard Of.”
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