A picture showing US President Donald Trump and Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia laying hands on a mysterious, glowing orb sparked a wave of jokes and memes online on Sunday.
The image of Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi all touching a small illuminated globe appeared to confuse internet users, who began jokingly drawing parallels to a number of popular sci-fi films.
The leaders were in fact inaugurating a new state-of-the-art center in Riyadh to monitor and combat extremism, each placing their hands on the globe that officially activated the center and launched a splashy welcome video.
But Twitter users seemed to have a fun time cracking jokes at the image, with even the Church of Satan jumping in with an announcement that the globe-grabbing was not some “satanic ritual.”
it's totally the Orb of Peace from the end of The Phantom Menace pic.twitter.com/KuBEIfKWdY
— Will T (@historicus91) May 21, 2017
"Elites scoff, but in the working class suburbs of Grand Rapids voters are glad Trump is practicing orb magic with Arab dictators."
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 21, 2017
Trump During the Campaign: "I will NEVER touch The Orb, even though its mysterious glow seduces and beguiles."
Trump Today: pic.twitter.com/eWoaDeXj8n
— Nick Greene (@NickGreene) May 21, 2017
The new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology featured a giant wall filled with screens displaying real-time online extremist activity. More than two hundred data analysts also worked on their individual computer screens during the visit.
"With this orb we shall escape from the Phantom Zone, and Superman will never see us coming!" pic.twitter.com/9MIILbU6dn
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 22, 2017
Knew I'd seen it somewhere before. pic.twitter.com/LqBWxYnxr5
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) May 22, 2017
When everything is going normally and very well also. pic.twitter.com/8FZEIrZfUC
— Matt Christman (@cushbomb) May 21, 2017
who orb'd it better? pic.twitter.com/e6X5Ma9Epq
— Your Trusted Wizard (@Choplogik) May 21, 2017
The White House did not immediately provide information as to any US involvement in the creation of the center. The project began two years ago, before Trump took office.
I haven't been able to catch up on the news but I know there is no way Trump touched the Glowing Orb of Global Islamic Dominance.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 21, 2017
— Wade Indie Water (@WadeLives) May 21, 2017
The Art Of The Deal
CHAPTER 6-Evil Orbs Of Power
There comes a time in every deal when you'll be required to siphon energy from an orb… pic.twitter.com/MYTcp5exDr
— Jordan (@jordan_stratton) May 21, 2017
For clarification, this is not a Satanic ritual. pic.twitter.com/CccP39fqN4
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) May 22, 2017
Trump is wrapping up a visit to the Saudi kingdom on Monday, heading to Israel and then Europe on the president’s first foreign trip.
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