Kerala Tourism joins in on the Bernie Sanders inauguration meme fest

In a clever bid to promote tourism in Munnar, the social media team of Kerala Tourism placed Bernie Sanders sitting on some rocks enjoying the cold crisp weather of Munnar
Photographer Brendan Smialowski shot this photo of US Senator Bernie Sanders during Joe Biden's inauguration
Photographer Brendan Smialowski shot this photo of US Senator Bernie Sanders during Joe Biden's inaugurationTwitter: Marcus Storm

US President Joe Biden’s inauguration had many historic moments. Biden taking oath as the oldest US President in the country’s history, Kamala Harris becoming the first woman Vice President and the first Black and south Asian Vice President. However, it is the photograph of US senator Bernie Sanders attending the inauguration was the talk of the town.

During the inauguration, Sanders was sitting in a heavy winter jacket and mittens with his legs crossed. A photographer took his photo and, within no time it went viral, sparking a meme fest.

Even our own Kerala Tourism did not shy away from sharing one such meme. On the Kerala Tourism’s official Twitter account, a meme of Sanders was shared with the caption reading: “Wear your warm woollen mittens and enjoy the cool crisp Munnar weather”. The tweet has got over 12,500 likes and nearly 1,600 retweets in 17 hours. One can say this was clever marketing by Kerala Tourism to promote Munnar.

Many netizens came up with their own versions of the Sanders meme and have shared it on social media. One user shared a meme of Sanders sitting between actors Prithiviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon in the Malayalam movie Ayyappanum Koshiyum.

One netizen also pointed out that many attending the inauguration put in a lot of effort to dress up only for Senator Sanders to steal the show in his winter jacket and mittens.

Meanwhile, while appearing on The Late Night Show with Seth Meyers, Sanders was asked about the meme fest. He replied, “I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on.” Sanders added that he saw some of the viral memes.

The maker of the mittens that made Sanders the star of the inauguration has been getting high demands for the last two days. Jen Ellis, a teacher from Vermont in the United States, gave Sanders these mittens years ago. “What was really nice is the woman who made the mittens lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, she is a schoolteacher and a very, very nice person. She has been somewhat overwhelmed by the kind of attention that is being shown to her mittens,” Sanders told Meyers.

Netizens all over the world are having a field day with the Sanders meme. The creativity of many are coming out and are continuing to share them. Here are other such memes for our readers to enjoy.

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