The internet is responding to that brutal United video the only way the internet knows how
There’s nothing funny about that disturbing video of a doctor being forcibly dragged, screaming, off a United Airlines flight. But that isn’t stopping the internet from doing what the internet does and turning the whole thing into one big meme.
The man was on a flight from Chicago to Louisville Sunday that was overbooked. When no passengers volunteered to give up their seats, a few were “randomly selected,” including the doctor, who insisted he had patients to see in the morning and needed to stay on the flight. Law enforcement was called onboard, and while passengers protested with their phone cameras rolling, the man was bloodied and dragged down the aisle of the plane. It was really difficult to watch.
Still, no humor is too dark for the internet to embrace wholeheartedly. It dealt with the trauma by viciously trolling United with memes.
When it ran out of meme ideas, the internet continued to troll United with ideas for a new slogan it could adopt amid all the controversy.
While United is being trolled super hard, it almost seems to be trolling back, its CEO’s response to the situation is so tone deaf. He issued a tweet from the company account, reading, “This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accomodate these customers.”
Not exactly the thing you should be apologizing for, United.