The “condescending Willy Wonka” image macro has been around for a while — it first appeared in 2011. If you’ve been on the Internet, you’ve seen this image macro before; it’s Gene Wilder from the 1971 musical leaning on his hand with a condescending smile on his face.
Like most macros, it gets re-purposed to express new memes from all sides of the political aisle. Some are insightful and cutting while others . . . not so much. And since this is a right-wing meme, you can probably guess it’s the latter:
Oh drat. Those cunning conservatives, they’ve caught us in the middle of our hypocrisy once again. I guess now we’re supposed shuffle our feet and ask for forgiveness, like the naughty, lying liberals we are. Clearly we never learned our lesson — hypocrisy is only okay if you’re a Republican.
Right, so, your concept for the day is false equivalence. According to this meme, Sophie Theallet refusing to make dresses for Melania Trump because her husband is a bigoted jackass after making dresses for First Lady Michelle Obama is the same thing as a bigoted jackass in Georgia refusing to make a cake for a same-sex or interracial wedding.
See if you can spot the difference between, “I won’t make a person a dress because I don’t support bigotry” and “I won’t make people a cake or floral arraignment because I’m a bigot.”
If you can’t, you might just be a right-winger. Or you might think it’s discrimination against Orange-Americans, in which case, Boehner better watch out because these fashionistas are coming for him next.
And if you’re wondering why the Liberty Bell is there, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it’s to inspire a Pavlovian response among the conservatives who share this. It’s not there as a thought-terminating cliche. It can’t be; there’s not enough thought in this meme to terminate.