This Friday night, several hundred white nationalists arrived at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville holding torches and chanting slogans like, “Jews will not erase us.” But as menacing as the demonstration’s theme was, it’s hard to convince people you’re an organized vehicle of white resistance when you look like a virgin holding a tiki torch you swiped from your parents’ patio.
The march, which preceded a “Unite the Right” rally scheduled for Saturday, comes amid controversy over a proposal to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park, formerly called Lee Park.
The gathering was widely condemned by the mayor of Charlottesville, the UVA president, Virginia’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates, and several national lawmakers.
Images showing interchangeable white men holding torches that looked like they were purchased at Pier One Imports gave the Twittersphere a lot of material to work with.
"We will not be replaced," says group where you could swap one for the other and nobody would notice. pic.twitter.com/Dj9OfSwZuG
— Max Sparber (@maxsparber) August 12, 2017
"WHERE IS THE CLITORIS?" pic.twitter.com/EZUOz4Uruv
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) August 12, 2017
"Just make sure Nazis NEVER march with tiki torches. I'm trying to save Germany, not Gilligan's Island." — Hitler's last words
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 12, 2017
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 12, 2017
5 police officers killed at a BLM protest
Media: "These people are peaceful"
Idiots carrying tiki torches
Media: "We're all gonna die!"
— Sean Spicier (@sean_spicier) August 12, 2017
When you think you're the master race but you can't figure out how to make your own damn torch. pic.twitter.com/vwSCQofDkm
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 12, 2017
INT. HOME DEPOT. DAY.
-I need a torch for a white supremacist rally
-I just have tiki style – that work?
– [pause] yeah, why not. https://t.co/GIXXhZzP83
— Adam Mazmanian (@thisismaz) August 12, 2017
When these guys mom's come home and see that all their tiki torches are missing from their patio decks. pic.twitter.com/lF7pJWmWn3
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) August 12, 2017
They're nazis & fucking idiots. The tiki torches make it look like they're protesting Karen's decision to include cilantro in the guacamole. pic.twitter.com/UYSpk8PF15
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) August 12, 2017
As a white guy that wears polo shirts, lights tiki torches, and also creeps out women; these are not my people #Charlottesville
— MayorSpaghettios (@HawtScribbles) August 12, 2017
Featured image via Twitter