It's only a few days into 2018, and already we have been gifted the greatest photograph of the year, the decade, and possibly even the best photo in the entire history of man.
Doug Jones recently participated in a swearing-in ceremony for his new position as the Democratic Senator of Alabama. Vice President Mike Pence did the swearing-in (but not really — Mike Pence is a Christian, so he never swears), and Jones' wife and son stood by faithfully (but not as faithfully as Mike Pence — Mike Pence is chock full of faith).
A photo was snapped during the ceremony, and it instantly became the best photo ever taken for one reason and one reason only. Doug Jones' son is staring a hole right into Mike Pence because Doug Jones' son, Carson, is gay, and Mike Pence is the most powerful hater of gay people in the nation.
First, a refresher. This is Doug Jones.
via: Getty ImagesDoug Jones pulled off a historic victory in December's special election for the Alabama Senate seat when he beat Roy Moore, who was close to winning because he was a Republican and many people in Alabama did not give a flying frick that Roy Moore is a confirmed child molester. But enough did, and so Doug Jones is the first Democrat elected to an Alabama Senate seat in decades. Cool.
This is Mike Pence. Vice President. VEEP. Ol' Mikey Mike.
via: Getty ImagesYou might recognize Mike Pence from his role as the Vice President of the United States and the second worst person in command. Mike Pence is an avowed bigot who's made it his mission to spread his homophobia like a disease. He's been accused of supporting "conversion therapy," an outdated and discredited way to attempt to change someone's sexual orientation. Let's just say that when it comes to gay people, Mike Pence is not a fan.
And in 2018, that's just not acceptable.Mike Pence is living in another decade, an old-fashioned reality, and it's not one that any of us are keen on revisiting. Especially Carson Jones, the son of Doug Jones and an out-and-proud gay man. Carson Jones confirmed he is gay in an interview with The Advocate in December, shortly after his father won the Alabama election. But the truly extraordinary thing about Carson Jones is that he's a zookeeper. That's right. He's an actual real-life zookeeper who takes care of animals. He cannot get any cooler than that. Anyway...
Carson was "thrilled" about his dad's victory and excited to share the swearing-in moment with him. He posted this picture on his Instagram to commemorate the occasion:
Novelist Derek Milman called this the "photo of the decade," and we completely agree.
Photo of the decade: Doug Jones being sworn in, while his openly gay son QUIETLY DISINTEGRATES THE SOUL OF MIKE PEN… https://t.co/rx1MHR0fVE— Derek Milman (@Derek Milman)1515032534.0
2018 should be about self-respect and self-care for all of us, so heed these words wisely:
Get you a man who looks at hateful bigots the way Doug Jones’ son looks at Mike Pence. https://t.co/bZINOPZmfU— Keith Chow (@Keith Chow)1515078822.0
This Twitter user highly identified with Carson Jones and his epic side-eye.
I am Doug Jones’ gay son giving Pence side-eye. https://t.co/4eY1qr91zj— Marc Love (@Marc Love)1515027276.0
Let's all make this photo our aesthetic in this fresh, new year.Vote for politicians who see minorities as people. Reject misogynists and homophobes and racists and all other intolerant bigots. Call out the family members who have backward views. Cut out friends who refuse to learn and progress. 2018 is the year the voices of bigots get zapped into nothingness. I can feel it.
As this photo went viral, MSNBC's Kyle Griffin sent out this little reminder:
Doug Jones was sworn in as a senator today. Roy Moore still has not concede the Alabama senate race. It’s now been 22 days.— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1515040215.0