Sometimes, Donald Trump is just so infuriating that there's no reasoning with his (and his supporters') point of view. And for times like that, there's really only one appropriate response - as demonstrated on Twitter this week.
In a city council meeting in Tucson, Arizona, officials were debating whether to turn the city into a safe sanctuary for immigrants but were interrupted by two protestors. The Trump-supporting pair were furious at the idea of compassion for immigrants - but one man's response was, quite simply, incredible. And now the hero, known colloquially as "green shirt man," has managed to have another impact - this time, on shirt sales.
When we face differences of opinion, sometimes, debate and protest is the best way.For people who are reasonable, measured, and willing to hear from other sides, talking through issues can be the best way to reach a compromise.
But, sometimes, that just isn't possible.And when your opposition is supporting a man who is equal parts ignorant and prejudiced, trying to get them to change their point of view can seem impossible.
But what do you do when there's no getting through to someone?Well, we were all at something of a loss - until this week. Because one man has shown us all the very best way to deal with ignorance and prejudice: through the magic of laughter.
Our story takes place in Tucson, Arizona.
via: ShutterstockThis week, at a city council meeting in the city, two protestors interrupted proceedings, and one man's incredible response has gone viral.
The meeting was discussing a controversial issue.The city was debating whether or not to make their city a sanctuary for immigrants, granting them a safe space.
But the peaceful debate was interrupted.
via: ShutterstockTwo protestors (wearing, of course, "Make America Great Again" hats) came barrelling into the proceedings, shouting and yelling, and not listening to what anyone else had to say.
People were pretty annoyed.In fact, many in the meeting shouted insulting responses at the protestors - who seemed oddly nonplussed by how dumb they were making themselves look.
A video of the incident was shared online.
Two notes: 1) The city was legally required to put the measure on the ballot because the group proposing the initia… https://t.co/QqxYcpRIpb— Nick VinZant (@Nick VinZant)1565147023.0
But there was one response, in particular, that got the internet's attention.Sat beside these two loud, furious protestors was a man wearing a green shirt - and all he could do in the face of their ridiculousness was laugh.
Here's the original video.
Scene inside a Tucson City Council Meeting. Officials voted to put a "Sanctuary City" measure on the November ballot https://t.co/mEh4PNj0Wo— Nick VinZant (@Nick VinZant)1565147022.0
Many on Twitter have taken a shine to this character.
Sometimes all you can do is laugh. #GreenShirtGuy https://t.co/ohAW5JA6js— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo)1565371761.0
Many have honored this man as a national hero.
Be the #GreenShirtGuy you wish to see in the world https://t.co/kyACa9qai0— Zack Bornstein (@Zack Bornstein)1565210275.0
Others have pointed this out.
there is something about #greenshirtguy that completely nullifies any dumb shit that woman is saying. you forget ab… https://t.co/l1dMjAw5ud— chrissy teigen (@chrissy teigen)1565226917.0
Others noticed this.
I am the #GreenShirtGuy in most situations https://t.co/9lizd3EdUS— S (@S)1565180297.0
Many have a new political leaning.
#GreenShirtGuy for president. https://t.co/y8WzkMLvHk— Laura 🖤 (@Laura 🖤)1565213735.0
He also offers hope.For too long, the GOP and Trump supporters have led the way in terms of identifying clothing items. But green shirt guy has singlehandedly changed all that.
Trump opposers finally have a clothing item of their own.
I ate a burrito once with @Alex_Kack and now he's an icon. I hope the green shirt becomes the antithesis of the re… https://t.co/OxQQmCbfs2— Bark Wahlberg (@Bark Wahlberg)1565247147.0
Oh, and to make matters even funnier?
@NickVinZant She is mistaken. The Constitution legalizes and protects immigration and subsequent naturalization. Article I, Section 8.— Victor Stoddard (@Victor Stoddard)1565210949.0
People also dug up this dirt.
This is who #GreenShirtGuy was laughing at https://t.co/mIEgZ4EpC4— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1565233051.0
Some are hopeful that this will turn into a trend.
Calling all Blue Checks and other Resisters on Social Media! Let’s let #GreenShirtGuy become a movement. Please p… https://t.co/cm2uuh0dez— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1565220586.0
Others have offered this idea.
via: RedditGreen shirt guy could be an early contender for the easiest (but most hilarious) Halloween costume of 2019. That's an idea to keep saved for later.
And it seems like people are taking the idea semi-seriously.
And #GreenShirtGuy leads to the Green Penguin shirt selling out... https://t.co/0tG6vmh7Yc— Darren Rovell (@Darren Rovell)1565208710.0
But if you were worried about how green shirt guy would stock up on his favorite item...
Hey @Alex_Kack Love the shirt! We’d love to send you some fresh ones for Date Night #GreenShirtGuy https://t.co/5vWaDhmrVP— Original Penguin (@Original Penguin)1565282201.0
And green shirt guy (real name: Alex Kack) has spoken out."Ultimately I think the majority of this country, regardless of their political affiliation, understands that the loudest voices happening right now are kind of ridiculous. And I think that that laughter is resonating because I think that's kind of how people feel right now," Kack told News 4 Tucson.
VinZant also posted a follow-up interview on Twitter.
New interview with @Alex_Kack aka #GreenShirtGuy "The majority of this country.... understands that the loudest vo… https://t.co/NUSVLFve8l— Nick VinZant (@Nick VinZant)1565225533.0