Slouching Jacob Rees-Mogg

Slouching Jacob Rees-Mogg

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Slouching Jacob Rees-Mogg refers to a photograph of Member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg lounging on the front bench in Parliament a during late-night debate on Brexit. After the photograph went viral on Twitter, some began editing the image into various situation for humorous effect.


On September 3rd, 2019, House of Commons Leader MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was seen reclining across the front benches of the House of Commons as his colleagues debated how to proceed with the stalled Brexit negotiations. Others in the house reprimanded him for his body language, chanting "sit up."

That day, MP Anne Turley tweeted[1] the photograph of Mogg with the caption, "The physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament." The tweet received more than 90,000 likes and 30,000 retweets in 24 hours (shown below).

Anna Turley MP @annaturley The physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament. 1:13 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for iPhone


Following the release of the photograph, people began posting edited variations of the image. New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff tweeted[2] a version in which Rees-Mogg is part of a Simpsons couch gag. Throughout the day, the tweet received more than 11,000 likes and 3,600 retweets (shown below, left).

Over the next several hours, people began posting images of MP Rees-Mogg in different situations, such as paintings and economic charts (examples below, center and right, respectively).

Dave Itzkoff @ditzkoff 1:47 PM Sep 3, 2019 TweetDeck Gaz Weetman @GazWeetman Alas, poor Ophelia 3:18 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for iPad Phillip Dyte @phillipdyte I know I'm late with this. 12h 1.45 1D 1W 1.35 1M 425 1Y 2Y 1.15 5Y 10Y 1.05 2018 2017 2015 2016 2019 GBP- British Pound EUR - Euro 2:16 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter Web App >

Several media outlets covered the photograph, including BBC,[3] The New York Times,[4] Newsweek,[5] The Washington Post,[6] The Guardian[7] and more.


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Kevin M. Kruse @KevinMKruse 1:41 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for iPhone Samuel H Diamond @samuelhdiamond Jacob Rees-Mogg's contempt for Parliament? Absolute Madness. #HouseOfCommons 2:53 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for iPhone Charles Green RFC @CharlesGreenThe @Jacob_Rees_Mogg tackling homelessness #ReesMogg #Prick #Tory 3:09 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for iPhone
Kristian @k_cleworth Had to do this one. #PMQS #SpendingReview #SpendingRound #Mogg # ReesMogg #Moggmemes #Memes #brexit #dankmemes #cringe #4chan #memeking 8:15 AM Sep 4, 2019 Twitter Web App Ireland Simpsons Fans @iresimpsonsfans Jacob Rees-Mogg still haunted by Charles Stewart Parnell 11:53 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for Android William Crawley @williamcrawley Meme du jour. GOVERNMENT MAJORITY 2017-2019 17 11 8 -1 -43 time 4:01 PM Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for iPhone majority

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