A man's handmade sign has caused a whirlwind on social media, and while it has sparked outrage for many, there is more to it than meets the eye.
The counter-protester in Toronto has been hailed a hero online for his “hilarious” yet subtle way of mocking anti-vaxxers.
The man in a bright orange shirt inconspicuously stood in a crowd of protesters outside Toronto General Hospital as they rallied against a vaccine mandate.
His sign read: “I demanding my right to be ignorant and selfish”, with the other side reading “I know more than the scietists [sic].”
Social media stir as spelling overshadows satire
However his subtle satire was missed by more than just those at the demonstration.
A picture posted to Twitter by a reporter covering the rally was inundated with comments slamming his spelling instead of his wit.
“Please note how he spells "scientists" obviously spelling was never their strong suit,” posted one Twitter user.
Another said: “Virology is hard, English is harder.”
Stunt goes viral after joke explainer
But the man’s brother-in-law soon set the record straight, posting: “he is most definitely mocking the antivaxxers. He's a movie-set carpenter and he gets COVID tested every weekday.”
His sister added: “and he's fully vaxxed!”
By the way, that's my brother-in-law in the orange shirt, and he is most definitely mocking the antivaxxers.
He's a movie-set carpenter and he gets COVID tested every weekday
— Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) September 13, 2021
Suddenly, his stunt had eared him hundreds of fans.
“Your brother in law is hilarious,” commented one Twitter user.
Many hailed him a hero: “Please tell him he's my hero of the day!” commented one person while another said: “He's the hero we need right now. Brave guy.”
One person described him as a “brave & wonderful man.”
“You have an amazing brother-in-law. We thank him,” another posted.
The praise kept flooding in in: “Quality satire” and “absolute legend” others commented, with one Twitter user asking: “Is he single?”
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