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Soylent Green is both an American dystopian film from 1973 based on Harry Harrison's novel Make Room! Make Room! and a fictional product in that film. The fictional Soylent Green crackers were made of euthanized human corpses in an attempt to feed a population in a world suffering from hunger, poverty, overpopulation and pollution.
Over the years, there have been many memes referencing the product or the ingredients of Soylent Green. In March 2019, Imgflip  user who_am_i uploaded a "it's people" reaction image to a Wendy's message (shown below, left). The image garnered over 22,200 views, and 200 upvotes in a year. On October 20th, 2019, imgur user Rustrebel uploaded an image of a Soylent Green flavored Lay's chips package which gained over 3,600 views and 70 upvotes in five months (shown below, right).
Governor Dan Patrick's Fox News Statement
On March 23rd, 2020, Twitter user @chactivist uploaded a clip of Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick speaking on Fox News about elderly people making a sacrifice for the young people with the caption, " Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick went on national tv & argued elderly people should die for the health of the market. Capitalism is a system that priorities profits over people. This fight is literally a matter of life or death. Battle lines are being drawn. Which side are you on?" (shown below). The tweet garnered over 3,200 likes and 1,300 retweets in a day.
Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick went on national tv & argued elderly people should die for the health of the market. Capitalism is a system that priorities profits over people. This fight is literally a matter of life or death. Battle lines are being drawn. Which side are you on? pic.twitter.com/GI3LQZG7uo— Chris Brooks (@chactivist) March 24, 2020
That day, Soylent Green began trending on Twitter due to Twitter users comparing Patrick's statement to the plot of Soylet Greed. Twitter user @StephenMCarter4 tweeted, "We are entering the Soylent Green period where the poor and the elderly are asked to give up their lives so the rich and privileged can continue to live in luxury. Unfuckingbelievable" (shown below, left). The tweet received over 5,900 likes and 2,300 retweets in a day. Twitter user @JonVirtes tweeted, "Killing the elderly to power the economy for the younger generations was the goddamn plot to SOYLENT GREEN!!" (shown below, right). The tweet accumulated over 1,200 likes and 400 retweets in a day.
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