Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.
by Sarah Rose Sharp
Chinese illustrator Yang Quan's manga-style depiction of US President Joe Biden has evolved into a "Dark Brandon" internet meme (via Twitter)
In the continuing memeification of our entire society, a sinister alter ego to President Joe Biden known as “Dark Brandon” has reached a zenith this week. Spawned from a sort of telephone-game misinterpretation by a television commentator, who heard “Fuck Joe Biden” as “Let’s Go Brandon,” this meme began as a mascot for shade-throwing from right-wingers. The next evolution seemed to come from a Chinese illustrator named Yang Quan, who posted a manga-style sequence of Biden-wins-Game-of-Thrones imagery on his Weibo microblog account, following Biden’s 2020 election victory, according to Politico. For a time, Dark Brandon was the “Thanks, Obama” of the Biden White House, eventually evolving into a bleak antihero for a distraught left-wing voting base.
But your derision only makes Dark Brandon stronger, fools! Over the weekend, it seems the meme has outgrown its humble origin story as a Republican playground bullying tactic, and is now going viral on a wave of left-leaning memelords rallying behind this chaotic-evil version of, let’s face it, a generally unintimidating politician.
On Sunday, White House press secretary Andrew Bates shared a Dark Brandon meme, featuring Biden with laser eyes.
“Dark Brandon is crushing it,” he noted.
Cue the wave of hot takes on Dark Brandon phenomenology, with Slate characterizing Dark Brandon as the impotent fantasy life of a voting base dying for a show of force from their milquetoast alternative to the modern axis of evil that is the GOP.
“We can debate over whether it’s foolish to assign any intellectual significance to the tweets made by weirdos on the internet, but I do think that both Dark Brandon and DarkMAGA were interesting artifacts of America’s superheated political environment,” writes Luke Winkie, for Slate. “The country does feel like it’s perched on the precipice of some sort of prophetic rebirth, and perhaps, as our institutions erode into the sea, Dark Brandon is the harbinger of that final judgment.”
“And while the White House often repeats the ‘Twitter is not real life’ mantra, the internet love was welcomed in some Democratic circles after several months of trying to defend an administration with approval numbers in the thirties,” write Politico reporters Alex Thompson and Allie Bice.
The flourishing of Dark Brandon has dovetailed with a week of political wins, including a historic bill to empower clean energy initiatives, the assassination of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and a drop in gas prices…………………….