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Culture Garfield Fans Are Furious That His Instagram Seems to Discourage VotingA fierce debate erupted in the comment section of the Garfield Instagram account when the cat seemed

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Should orange cats be allowed to vote?

  1. Yes

    80 vote(s)
  2. No

    55 vote(s)
  3. who the fuck is garfield

    43 vote(s)
  1. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/...that-his-instagram-seems-to-discourage-voting
    On the day of the midterm elections, a fierce debate erupted in the comment section of the official, verified Garfield Instagram account, managed by the official licensing firm Paws, Inc. The lazy cat seemed to express indifference about the election turnout, and perhaps by some liberal interpretations, the cat encouraged people not to vote. The post currently has 9,612 comments and counting.

    “Wtf Garfield vote or die,” one user commented, receiving 42 likes.

    “Garfield no be a functioning and contributing citizen of America,” another user comment, receiving 12 likes.

    “Garfield do you want to abolish the 1st amendment?” a user commented, receiving 4 likes.

    Why the outcry? The problem is that Garfield has been interpreted by some to be an ally of critics of capitalism. Hates Mondays? Is lazy? Proponent of the Marxist idea that people deserve free time to eat lasagna and cultivate intellectual thought and social connections outside of our system of labor? Sounds pretty antifa to me.

    Hundreds of seemingly young people habitually respond to Garfield Instagram posts that refer to the weekend, or to hating Mondays, with great enthusiasm. On a recent post of Garfield peering through binoculars and declaring “Ah, there you are Weekend,” a user who identifies as a college freshman commented, “You are the only reason I have to live.”

    In an email to Motherboard, Paws, Inc. representative Kim Campbell Beasley said that Garfield is canonically apolitical.

    "He’s a cat. He can’t vote," she said. "That’s why most of his hashtags on that post are directed to pet owners, e.g. #cat #cats #catoftheday #catsagram #catstagram #catsofinstagram #pet #pets #petoftheday. Do pets care about politics? Garfield doesn’t think so."

    Beasley also said that the comments did not represent a typical response from Garfield fans. "They know – or should know— Garfield is a very apathetic cat," she said. "He’s mostly interested in his own creature comforts. If anything, he was expressing his fatigue at all the political ads."

    For a period between July 17 (World Emoji Day) and October 25 (World Pasta Day, a significant day for Garfield), the comment section in Garfield Instagram posts were temporarily disabled. In an email to Motherboard, Beasley said that certain devoted fans were making the comment section "out of hand, despite the profanity filters."

    "We have recently enabled the comment section again, and hope that those who comment will remember there may be youngsters reading the comments," she said.

    An image posted today seems to encourage users to “Chill Out”—perhaps a response to yesterday’s antics.

    Though I am a fan and friend of Garfield, and while our democratic process is deeply flawed, I reluctantly have to disagree with the cartoon cat in this case. While there are many important ways to take political action—including unionizing and forms of direct action and demonstration—voting is undoubtedly an important part of the equation.

    Here is the post in question:
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    Desire Lines

    Desire Lines otterly special, sometimes mesmerizing
    True & Honest Fan

  2. Gee it's almost like his foundational characteristic is being apathetic
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    Dirt McGirt

    Dirt McGirt You only made me use 10% of my power
    True & Honest Fan

  3. Apathy is racist because only white people get to be apathetic! Blacks have to worry about jackbooted thugs chasing down their children
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  4. Orange cat bad REEEE
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    Vrakks Please... I go by Gold Diamond now.
    True & Honest Fan

  5. Garfield is healthy at any size and you all have no right to criticize him for anything.
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    metroid_fetish Your fetish is vanilla.

  6. This could be a clever commentary by Jim Davis on the overplayed usage of the fourth wall to get people to participate in politics but then Jim Davis thinks Garfield is a literal tulpa.
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  7. I thought this wouldn't get stupider than the headline, but here we are.
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  8. And lazy. Huh, it's almost like people shouldn't be looking at cartoon characters as some sort of role model.

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    Coldgrip OG Sexual Thug

  9. And on the other hand he's a literal fat cat with merchandising power unseen before from syndicated comics.
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  10. You know, I've been really happy lately social met some people from all walks of life saw again humans aren't all bad found faith in society.

    Now I think I'm gonna blow my brains out at home.

    garfield fans, blood will be on your hands.
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    True & Honest Fan

  11. It's a cartoon cat that hates everything that isn't lasagna and naps. I guess even Garfield is problematic these days.*sigh*
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    Dysnomia Desu pocky sugoi! (≧▽≦)

  12. Cartoon cat known for not giving a fuck doesn't give a fuck. Tryhards on the internet get upset. News at 11.

    Wait, really?
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    Feels Over Reals

    Feels Over Reals Tide Pod Connoisseur

  13. If I remember right he did an interview where he explained Garfield as, "I ask Garfield what he's gonna do today." or something along those lines. I have no idea if he actually views the feline monolith as a headmate.
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  14. Is this for real? Do you have a link to anything? This is incredible and I want it to be true so badly

    EDIT: Guess I'm late *sigh*
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    CatParty Boo
    True & Honest Fan

  15. Twitter shows the embarrassing truth that at least half of the US is functionally exceptional.
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  16. This is funny and should be in random.txt.
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    Aperrentis Haha yes

  17. George Carlin: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
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  18. I'll take projection for 2000 alex.
    "This group of morons sees attacks on themselves from everything, including this innocent cat comic"
    What is the current american left?
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  19. And Peter Guerin prepares to fire off another letter to the editor. #IStandWithGarfield #DownWithCyberBullies
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