Go Ahead, Justify This

Go Ahead, Justify This

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Go Ahead, Justify This refers to a series of image macros based on a tweet by fugitive American system administration Edward Snowden. The tweet, which reads "Go Ahead, Justify This," captions an absurd and humorous picture that either comments on a real world event or simply makes a surreal joke.


On July 21st, 2016, Edward Snowden[1] tweeted a news report on Charles Kinsey, an elderly African American and therapist, who was aiding an autistic patient, shot by police while lying on the ground with his hands visible. Snowden captioned the video "Go ahead, justify this," rhetorically asking for an explanation for police shooting an unarmed man. The tweet (shown below) received more than 7,000 retweets and 7,400 likes.

Edward Snowden @Snowden Go ahead, justify this. theguardian.com/us- news/2016/j #Charleskinsey Hilton Alexander I am a behaviour therapist at the grou home That's allitis Florida police shoot black man lying down with arms in air Video shows therapist moments before he was shot while aiding his autistic patient


On October 6th, ShitpostBot 5000 [2] user PRINCESSPUDDING posted a template of the meme, including just Snowden's caption and a blank space for am image. The user titled the image "SnowdenJustify."

A week later, Facebook [3] user Shitposthony Botano posted the caption with a picture of YouTuber and meme reviewer Anthony Fantano.

Edward Snowden @Snowden Go ahead, justify this.

On March 25th, 2017, Facebook[4] user AshenKnightBoyd posted a statement from the video game website Kotaku, explaining an issue with the Dark Souls video game. The post (shown below, left) received more than 75 reactions and 16 shares in five months.

Five months later, Redditor [5] dankbob_memepants_ posted a variation of the meme featuring Jake Paul's YouTube subscriber numbers in the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit under the thread "I see potential in this format." The post (shown below, right) received more than 730 points (97% upvoted) and 25 comments in 17 hours.

Edward Snowden @Snowdern Go ahead, justify this. The poise stat is working as intended and is not turned off' as some a spokesperson for the game's publisher Bandai Namco told Kotaku yesterday. "The stat works differently than in past games and fans have theorized. is more situational, which seems to be the reason for the confusion." Edward Snowden @Snowdern Go ahead, justify this Subscribe Jake Paul 9,892,067

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External References

[1] Twitter – @snowden's Tweet

[2] ShitpostBot 5000 – SnowdenJustify

[3] Facebook – Shitposthony Botano's Post

[4] Facebook – AshenKnightBoyd's Post

[5] Reddit – I see potential in this format

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FYI for those who may be wondering. The victim, Charles Kinsey, and his patient (who was not shot) survived. Kinsey was shot in the leg, but he made it, despite being left bleeding out for twenty minutes, for what I imagine was… not pleasant.

Apparently, Kinsey's lawyer assumed the shooter was white. Unsurprisingly, BLM got involved after the incident (I wonder why?). I wonder how they responded to discovering that the shooter, Jonathan Aledda, is actually Hispanic. His explanation for why he shot Kinsey was "I don't know."

Just in case anyone was about to scream that police brutality is a white-vs-black issue. With the information available currently, it seems to just be a random incident of a police officer being a massive idiot and/or jerk.

Thought people might be wondering.


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