Biden turkey memes gobble up Twitter this Thanksgiving

Bruno Cooke November 25, 2021
Biden turkey memes gobble up Twitter this Thanksgiving
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It’s that time of year again. No, not that time of year – the time when the internet goes to turkey, I mean town, on festive, presidential memes. Some are topical, others timeless; some friendly, others fiendish. Following the much-memed presidential pardon of turkeys Peanut Butter and Jelly, it’s only fitting. Here are a few of our favourite Thanksgiving-related Joe Biden turkey memes from this year.

Joe Biden already pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys, Peanut Butter and Jelly

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. “Peanut Butter and Jelly won’t be at the Thanksgiving table this year” was NPR’s pun of choice. 

“With the power vested in me,” the president intoned at a White House ceremony on Friday last week, “I pardon you.”

Almost immediately, Google searches for “gobble gobble meaning” shot through the roof. Gobble gobble is, for those that don’t know, the sound a turkey makes when it’s alive – that is, before it is slaughtered.

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Its versatility as a phrase means you could probably translate it to, “Please don’t kill me”, or to borrow from the seminal 2000 Aardman animation, “I don’t want to be a pie… I don’t like gravy”.

What will happen to Biden’s special turkeys, besides being made into memes?

Both turkeys will live out “the remainder of their lives”, said Phil Seger. Which is the case for any animal. It’s just that the “remainder” of most turkeys’ lives is very brief. 

Of the 45 million turkeys killed to be eaten in the US every year for Thanksgiving, 99.8% spend their entire lives in factory farms – according to Boston University.

Turkeys can live to be 10 years old. Most, however, go to slaughter at 14 to 18 weeks.

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Here’s our pick of the best of the rest of Biden turkey memes

Firstly, a topical meme that sets out to debunk the notion that Joe Biden presides over a “massive turkey shortage”.

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Next, something a little different, and vaguely cinematic.

And now for something completely different, featuring a sparkling, dancing Donald Trump exploding out of a freshly carved roast turkey.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.