New York Times Opinions Parodies

New York Times Opinions Parodies

Updated Aug 31, 2017 at 11:33AM EDT by Matt.

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New York Times Opinion Parodies refers to a series of parody tweets and newspaper articles based on an op-ed piece by Erik Prince, the founder of a private military contracting firm, about how private military contracts will end the war in Afghanistan. Online, people interpreted this through faux op-eds about how a bad thing benefitting one person will enrich mankind.

Origin

On August 30th, 2017, the New York Times Opinion Twitter[1] account shared an op-ed written by Erik Prince, the found of Blackwater, an infamous private military firm. In the article, Prince argues for the use of private military contractors, or mercenaries, in the war in Afghanistan. The tweet was captioned, "Trump's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan will merely continue the conflict, says Erik Prince," and received more than 10 retweets, 21 likes and 100 comments.


NYT Opinion @nytopinion Trump's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan will merely continue the conflict, says Erik Prince Opinion Erik Prince: Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan Last week, the president presented a "new" plan for America's longest war. It's time to try something different. nytimes.com

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Following the tweet, people online began posting photoshopped opinion articles and parody tweets about how nefarious goals of fictional evil characters are good for mankind. Essentially, the tweets joke about how Prince is arguing for something that would directly profit him, in this case, war (examples below).


please read my new @nytopinion piece: Why Giving Me All Of Your Gold, Not Legitimate Leadership or Party Unity, Will Save America OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Erik Prince: Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan 132 By ERIK PRINCE AUGUST 30, 2017 Stay tuned for next week's @nytopinion op- ed penned by Phillip Morris: "Cigarettes are chock full of vitamin C, not cancer and death." NYT Opinion Follow nytopinion History shows clearly that sheer tonnage does l not win insurgencies, writes Erik Prince Opinion | Erik Prince: Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan Last week, the president presented a "new" plan for America's longest war. It's time to try something different. nytimes.com Pretty irresponsible column in today's @nytopinion OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Bart Simpson: That's Not Enough, We Demand More Asbestos! 132 By BART SIMPSON AUGUST 30, 2017

That day, Twitter[3] user @davelozo posted a photoshopped op-ed written by the Night King from Game of Thrones, arguing that an army of mindless, undead killers could save the world. They captioned the post "what has happened to the @nytopinion section?" The post (shown below) received more than 1,400 retweets and 4,500 likes in 24 hours.


what has happened to the @nytopinion section? Massoud Hossaini/Associated Press OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Night King: The Dead, not living, will save Westeros By THE NIGHT KING Last week, King in the North Jon Snow presented a "new plan for The Great War. It's time to try something different.


Throughout the day, people continued to post faux op-eds that placed fictional bad guys as the author of an article about how their evil plan is good for the world.

Several media outlets covered the meme, including Mashable,[4] New York magazine[5] and more. Twitter[6] published a Moments page to archive some of the most popular posts.

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Oh come on @nytopinion Agent Smith/ The Machines Cypher: The Matrix, Not Neo, Will Save Humanity By CYPHER different. 무 Comments glad to see the NYT representing a broad range of voices on its op-ed section TheAew lorkEimes The Opinion Pages oP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Ebenezer Scrooge: Prisons and Workhouses, Not Free Christmas Turkeys, Will Decrease The Surplus Population By EBENEZER SCROOGE DEC. 24, 1843 148 The Opinion Pages Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR It's Completely Normal To Check Out Other People While You Are With Your Girlfriend By STOCK MODEL Last week, I was lambasted across the internet for looking at someone else while with my significant other. Let me explain why that's the sign of a healthy relationship, comments
wow seriously @nytopinion SECTIONS HOME Q SEARCH Che AewJlork Cimes SUBSCRIBE NOW LOG IN The Opinion Pages OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Matt Connolly: Photoshop Won't Open on My Computer By Maet ConnolyAUG. 30, 0 I had a whole thing planned for this but every time I try to open Photoshop I get this Adobe popup that tells me, "You no longer have access to Creative Cloud. Please contact your Administrator to renew your mmsGE and continue using Creative Cloud." It sucks because now I have to t this free image editor online and I can't even match all the fonts and stuff, Blackwaters Legacy Goes Beyond Publie View PRIL 14,201 It turns out I don't even remember my Creative Cloud login or whateveIn Blackwater Case, Court Rejects a Murder What a mess. I bet this thing can't even save a hi-res image. Who the is my "Administrator"? I'm gonna have to call them and it's just gonna Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences a4 2017 Yet another shameful, irresponsible column in the NYT Opinion Pages. The Opinion Pages OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Princess-Kidnappers, Not Mario, Will Save the Mushroom Kingdom By BOWSER, KING OF THE KOOPAS


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Penultimate Keyboard Cat
Penultimate Keyboard Cat

I can't say this about every Blackwater merc, but the few that I actually know are super assholes, like, assholes built from the parts of lesser assholes.

Like blow exhaust out their truck on you after cutting you off assholes, like claim military vet women suffering from PTSD were actually just eager to get banged while in the service assholes.

It feels good to see dudeman get meme'd

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