By now you’re probably aware that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was unceremoniously removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London that he’d been claiming asylum in for the past seven years, after Ecuador officials revoked his asylum seeker status and virtually handed him over to UK authorities on a silver platter. You’ve also probably seen the footage of Assange being forcibly removed by police; carried out of the building like a musty roll of carpet.
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past forever, that scene should look harrowingly familiar to you. And if it doesn’t, scores of very online people have your back.
Almost immediately after the footage of Assange being hauled out of the Embassy emerged, just about every man, woman, non-binary folk and all their respective dogs made the same dang joke:
That it very much looks like Assange is being arrested for enjoying a meal, a succulent Chinese meal.
Observe the internet in absolute full flight:
What is the charge? Eating a meal? A succulent Chinese meal? pic.twitter.com/iyH9b8GmRh
— Half Cab Sav (@hamonryen) April 11, 2019
huge succulent Chinese meal vibes in this pic.twitter.com/ZEeU8ZTx4x
— tiM (@TStew777) April 11, 2019
– Mr Assange you’re under arrest
– what’s the charge? Eating a meal? A succulent Chinese meal. This is democracy manifest. GET YOUR HAND OFF MY PENIS!
— Jordan Raskopoulos (@JordanRasko) April 11, 2019
"Why did you do this to me? What is the charge? Eating a meal? A succulent Chinese meal? Oh, that's a nice headlock sir. Ah yes, I see that you know your judo well. Good one. And you sir, are you waiting to receive my limp penis? How dare you – get your hands off me!" pic.twitter.com/Q3vdl5f5kL
— Richard Littler (@richard_littler) April 11, 2019
A SUCCULENT CHINESE MEAL pic.twitter.com/XucZnf5DIF
— Cants (@cantsey) April 11, 2019
"WHATS THE CHARGE? EATING A SUCCULENT CHINESE MEAL?" pic.twitter.com/38wCBkgXz8
— Amy Gray (@_AmyGray_) April 11, 2019
Can’t believe Julian Assange was arrested for eating a meal! A succulent Chinese meal! pic.twitter.com/TFa8aFdn78
— Jordan Curtis (@Jacurtis95) April 11, 2019
"For what reason? What is the charge? Eating a meal? A succulent Chinese meal?" pic.twitter.com/9Yt9OfYzwV
— Andrew Brown (@AndrewBrownAU) April 11, 2019
WHAT IS THE CHARGE? EATING A MEAL? A SUCCULENT CHINESE MEAL? pic.twitter.com/6vxmGGollG
— Mal (@MaelVogue) April 11, 2019
had not expected Assange to shout "what is the charge? Eating a meal? A succulent Chinese meal?" but I haven't really been following this that much pic.twitter.com/M3NLAKi6pM
— jackson ryan ???? (@dctrjack) April 11, 2019
And before you ask: Yes, someone dubbed the original Succulent Chinese Meal audio over the footage of Assange being flung around like a big wet noodle.
Is it a crime to eat a meal?
A succulent Chinese meal?! pic.twitter.com/RAN73dKTE0
— Reid Parker (@ReidParker_) April 11, 2019
Out-fucken-standing stuff all around, really.
Very pleasing to see that, at the very least, the UK Police know their judo well.