Merkel and Trump G7 Summit Photograph

Merkel and Trump G7 Summit Photograph

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Merkel and Trump G7 Summit Photograph refers to a viral picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaning on a table in front of United States President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit in early June 2018.


On June 9th, 2018, Angela Merkel's verified Instagram[1] account posted a photograph in which she is shown leaning on to a table in front of President Trump seated with his arms crossed (shown below). Within 48 hours, the picture gained over 68,400 likes.


Shortly after, BuzzFeed News writer David Mack reposted the photo on Twitter, where it garnered upwards of 144,200 likes and 50,300 retweets in two days.[2] Meanwhile, Redditor somebeddict posted the photograph to /r/pics,[4] where it received upwards of 87,200 points (86% upvoted) and 8,300 comments in the same time frame.

On June 10th, Redditor DavidGladwin submitted a different picture taken from a slightly different moment titled "A second can change a photo's meaning entirely" to /r/pics (shown below). Within 24 hours, the post gathered over 47,300 points (63% upvoted) and 4,300 comments.

That day, Twitter user @cameron_tiff[6] tweeted several art-themed edits of the original photograph, gathering more than 8,700 likes and 4,400 retweets within 24 hours.

Also on June 10th, Redditor AnotherNewme posted a photoshop of the image in which Trump is shown seated in a baby chair with a bowl of noodles on his head to /r/pics,[7] garnering upwards of 49,100 points (67% upvoted) and 2,800 comments over the next day (shown below).

On June 11th, The Atlantic[3] published an article about the photo titled "That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting," which compared the polarized reactions to the image to the Yanny or Laurel audio clip.

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The virgin table lean Wide eyed gaze because he doesn't give a f--- The Chad sit Obviously dyed hair but tries to make it look like it's natural Scornful stare because she's not getting her way Bags under eyes from too much winning Bags under eyes from stressing about Trump's tariffs Obviously dyed hair, doesn't even try to hide it Cheeky smirk because he's enjoying himself Saggy cheeks because she's ugly inside and out Can't even wear a proper suit because she's a woman Suit costs more than most people's cars Arms folded like a boss (because he is one) Massive hands tucked away because there's no p------ worth grabbing Postured ready to take a r----- from a refugee Needs table to support her weight because she's weak (on border protection) Chair looks tiny compared to his huge manly presence Brought as many documents as he gives f----: 0 Poised ready to recieve a b------ from a supermodel I don't even know what sort of shoes she wears but l bet they're s--- Brought documents that no one wants to read, not even herself Manspreading just to trigger feminists lable looks so massive it can't even fit in the picturee Awesome shoes, probably embroided with his own personal Trump logo

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I saw this on r/pics once and the comments on it reminded me why I unsubscribed to that sub. People were seriously mocking Trump for being the only person in the photo to be sitting down! I get that Trump isn't the best president but that's pathetic. It's basically the "two scoops" fiasco all over again.

Also I'm willing to be that if Merkel and Trump's positions were switched, people would be praising Merkel for "refusing to take Trump's orders like a strong woman".


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