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#Eastwooding. It's a thing.
#Eastwooding. It's a thing.

Have you "Eastwooded?"

Unless you've actively unplugged and gone full Grizzly Man, you've probably heard about this little thing called the Republican National Convention that's going on in Florida. To say it's gotten some buzz – especially locally, now that Paul Ryan's officially sealed the deal as Romney's running mate – is a bit of an understatement.

On a national level, though, it seemed to be politics as usual until last night, when Clint Eastwood took the stage to speak to the convention – and the empty chair next to him.

The speech became an instant conversation piece on Twitter, almost immediately spawning the hashtag and fad #Eastwooding. Easier than its trendy predecessors "planking" and "Tebowing," Eastwooding only requires Tweeps to upload their own sassy pictures of empty chairs.

And so they did, overloading Twitter with hundreds of thousands of entries to the satirical online collective.

Is it silly? Totally. But then, so was Eastwood's speech. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, though, it's nice to have something to laugh at in the midst of all the Serious Business.

Talkbacks

cras | Aug. 31, 2012 at 10:32 p.m. (report)

I thought it was a pretty clever skit. Empty chair = Empty suit, just what Obama turned out to be!

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