Ken Bone is the hero we need, but not the hero we deserve.
Did you watch the second presidential debate last night?
Already being called “the most-tweeted” debate ever, it makes perfect sense that as social media becomes an ever more prevalent force in our society, many of us take to Twitter, Facebook, and other outlets to react to such important events in real time.
Of course, not everybody is there to post about the politics at hand. In fact, as Trump has proven time and again in his divisive campaign, anything is fair game. Needless to say, last night’s debate rattled fans, more often because of tangential happenings than strictly because of the matter at hand. From Trump’s cringeworthy save-face after his sexual assault comments and his cantankerous, even infantile attitude about how time was being allotted, to the fly on Hillary’s face or the lively bunch of “undecided voters” on the stage, social media users had A LOT to talk about last night.
But nothing was more pleasing to the online community than the brief appearance of Ken Bones, a man from the St. Louis area who was able to ask a question about energy during the debate. From his portly stature to that bright red sweater, he was instantly adored by fans at home, and now he’s skyrocketed to internet and media fame.
Ladies and gentlemen: Ken Bone.
A Star Is Born
From the moment Ken Bone became the focus on the screen on tens of millions of TV screens across America, it was clear that he was destined for meme greatness.
Perfectly framed by the camera, Ken was beloved for his stature, his smart glasses, his mustache, and, of course, his bright red sweater.
Little did he know that when he picked out his clothes that morning, his ensemble would land him unprecedented acclaim on social media and, as it turns out, the real media as well.
Since last night, Ken has already been the subject of growing media speculation. Though he asked a provocative question about environmental safety and the energy industry, Mr. Bone has gotten more acclaim over his outfit.
Needless to say, it came as a shock to fans to learn that the red sweater wasn’t even Ken’s first choice. In an interview with CNN, Bone revealed that he had previously picked out what he describes as a “really nice olive suit.” The jury is still out on if there’s such a thing as a nice olive suit, but one thing is for sure: This guy is a natural comedian.
Game Recognizing Game
One popular clip circulating the web this morning is from when Bill Clinton singled out Ken Bone after the debate for a photo opp. Cleverly, one Twitter user captioned it “Game recognizing game.”
Do you think Bill Clinton met his match?
But Ken Bone’s mystery doesn’t end there. While watching him on TV, did you get the feeling that you had somehow seen this man somewhere before?
One Instagram account discovered the truth…