After a stormy Knesset debate on women and rabbinic judges ended
late Monday night early Tuesday morning, there must have been more than a few MKs who decided to stick around and get a few hours’ rest in their offices before resuming Tuesday’s work rather than heading home.
But only one parliamentarian, Yesh Atid rookie MK Boaz Toporovsky, decided to make a photo op out of it. In a post on his Facebook page, the 33-year-old described his predicament — the need to sleep on the couch in his office — and added evidence in the form of a sultry self-pic.
In the picture, Toporovsky can be seen gazing lustily into the camera in a studied, slitty-eyed pose reminiscent of Justin Bieber and other young celebrity Instagramers, his sculpted pectorals bulging under a srategically placed shirt.
“4:51 a.m. — I’m going to sleep in my Knesset chambers,” Toporovsky wrote in the caption, before giving a dramatic account of his late-night battle in the plenum.
“And now,” he added, “sleeping in the Knesset for the first time, but there’s no point going home because the day is already beginning. I hope this won’t hurt too much… at least there’s a shower in my office.”
As is its wont, the Israeli Facebook community was quick to pounce.
“Good night, prince… Sweet dreams,” wrote Yair Finkel under the picture.
“Whoa, you’re sick in the head,” added Yoav Geier. “You’re an MK, you’re supposed to represent us, the citizens, and you take your picture like some 16-year-old girl? I really hope you’re drunk or you have a good excuse for this.”
“Where are the nipples?” asked Yael Sharone-Konforty, while Eiad Shalabana noted, “At least you didn’t make a duck face.”
The memes, and the duck face, weren’t long in coming.
Freaked out cats are always good for a lark.
One meme-maker sought to imply that Toporovsky was in bed (on the couch?) with the wrong crowd. “Hey lobbyist, do you come here often?” reads the caption on this meme.
One nostalgic user transposed Toporovsky with this popular ’90s television show.
Remember the Old Spice guy? The caption on this meme reads “Look at your MK. Now look at me. Now back at your MK. Sadly, he’s not me.”
This one requires no introduction.
At this early stage, nobody can predict what future the Yesh Atid party will have in the Knesset, or where any of its current members will be after the next election, expected to take place in or around the year 2017. But at least this MK may have found his alternate calling as an Internet meme model.
Toporovsky’s gaffe joins a growing list of Facebook offenses by the rookie politicians of Yesh Atid, chief among them Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who’s been raked over the coals by the Israeli press for favoring the social network over traditional media and, er, over the Knesset. Health Minister Yael German has also been taken to task for posting sarcastic remarks in response to critical comments on her Facebook posts. Still, for now, Boaz “I’m too sexy for the Knesset” Toporovsky takes the cake.