Throughout the race to the White House, many internet jokers have created parody Twitter accounts for the presidential candidates on any number of topics. Recently, however, one issue has divided these satirical social media pages more than any other: movies.
It all started, of course, with the Donald: ArtHouseTrump was created in March, but has only started picking up steam in the past couple of weeks. The account, on which the Republican nominee gives advice on how to “make cinema great again,” already has over 6,700 followers, and should get more now that he’s commented on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce:
Trump’s Democratic opponent joined the party yesterday—but ArthouseHillary’s opinions on film are more cerebral than those of her Republican foe, which may be why she has only 116 followers:
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson soon got in on the action, with ArtHouseJohnson demanding to be included in the cinema conversation just as his real life counterpart wants to be seen on the debate stage (though that’ll be a hard sell given that he has only 22 followers):
Even Dr. Jill Stein took a break from tweeting about Harambe to join the social media slugfest—however, ArtHouseStein, with only 11 followers, seems to have the same trouble connecting with people as the real Green Party candidate:
Other senators may have lost the election in the primary stage, but they’re not letting that get in the way of their film criticism. ArthouseSanders and ArtHouseCruz have popped up on Twitter in the last 24 hours, aping the personas of their real life political counterparts:
The accounts have also started interacting with each other, ensuring a cinematic bloodbath to echo the political one:
Ah, parody accounts: all the fun of presidential elections without the Skittles memes.
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.