After this picture was posted on Twitter entitled “Via Getty”, one of the rioters stole a podium … [+]
It’s hard to find anything about the attack on our nation’s democracy on Wednesday after protesters literally stormed the Capitol. However, a photo shared on social media managed to bring out a bit of humor. It wasn’t the actual picture of a man holding / stealing a podium out of the chambers of the house that was humorous, as this photo was meant to anger every American.
It came in response after Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza), chief correspondent for Politico in Washington and Senor’s political analyst on CNN, posted the photo on Twitter: “Via Getty, one of the rioters is stealing a podium from the Capitol.”
This was quickly followed by users on Twitter – so many users – calling for Via Getty to be arrested.
That included Twitter user @ RoryCam54436826, who wrote, “Now we know his name is Via Getty (what’s that name anyway?) Can’t someone just go to his house, arrest him on his return, and bring Nancy back? Podium? “
@mrhaben added, “It says right there that it’s called ‘Via Getty’.”
@AsadKara was on point, “Arrest Via Getty”
Fortunately, some Twitter users actually understand English grammar, including @AriOverby who tweeted, “The photo came through Getty Images. Here, Ryan assumed people would know what Getty Images was and that it was the first word in a word Sentence is capitalized via. “
Jeffrey Hulten (@jhulten) also responded to the confusion: “Assuming you misunderstood like many, ‘Via Getty’ in this case means the photo is from Getty Images.”
Sherrie Sampson (@bgratefull) saw the humor in it too – and wrote, “Can we get a photo ‘Via Getty’ booking in jail for a federal crime?”
At the end of the week, the humor of this grammatical misunderstanding continued.
@ IHaveMyMoMents1 felt the need, maybe a little too much to share: “I’m pushing my mid-40s but I’m getting pregnant so I can name my baby via Getty. The trick will convince my husband that a fifth child was HIS idea. Thinking face #ViaGetty “
Unfortunately, it’s not just Americans and the US media that have picked up on this story. The official Twitter account for public chat for the International Business Times from India saw this trend on Twitter: “The internet is losing it to Via Getty, the person who stole the US Capitol podium – except that Via Getty is not the name of the Rioter’s. “
And of course there was no choice, not in the misunderstanding that “Via Getty” wasn’t the person’s name, but that technically it wasn’t a “Podium”.
David N. Hackney, MD (@DavidNHackney) noted, “Even in times of great darkness, I have to say, it’s actually a ‘lectern’. A ‘podium’ is the elevated platform you stand on. It has the same Latin root for feet as “podiatry” so remember the difference “
While this “Via Getty” misunderstanding brings some humor to what is truly the most unfortunate and even disgusting event in our nation’s history, it also shows that social media can spread misinformation so quickly.
Imagine the wrong person was identified in a photo. People have already lost their jobs because they were rightly part of the uprising. Storming the Capitol Building was a criminal offense. As we have seen in previous events, people can be misidentified on social media and this is not a laughing matter.