Today, Mohamed Morsi was deposed in Egypt, and that’s funny because his name sounds like Morrissey, our favorite singer to listen to when we are sad or lonely or out of milk.
Well, there’s lots not funny about Morsi’s ouster in a coup, but for some reason the homophone thing tickled the pants off Twitter. (Also. Morrissey is awesome.)
Morsi/Morrissey jokes are old, sure, but you’d never know it by the way it crops up on social media every time Morsi gets elected or removed — and here is a sampling of Twitter’s endless amusement at the soundalike thing:
Morrissey is dethroned; Conor Oberst installed as the new Pope of Mope
— Matthew Perpetua (@perpetua) July 3, 2013
When I’m listening to NPR and I mishear that Morrissey is the target of a coup.
— Wesley Verhoeve (@wesleyverhoeve) July 3, 2013
“And you go home and you cry and others want you to die.” – Mohamed Morrissey
— John Moe (@johnmoe) July 3, 2013
“Girlfriend In A Coma” oblig reference:
@xeni This is the last coup I will ever stage. Yay! No, I changed my mind again. Aww. Goodnight, and thank you. -Morrissey in Egypt
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 3, 2013
Report: Morsy under house arrest. Morsi unaccounted for. Morrissey writing his feelings in a Moleskine. #KruiserFeelings
— SFK (@stephenkruiser) July 3, 2013
The Smiths must not be popular in Egypt, I heard they kicked out Morrissey
— sam logan (@samtweets33) July 4, 2013
In America, “Morsi” and “Morrissey” are pronounced the same way. It’s a confusing time to listen to the radio if you are a Smiths fan.
— Louis Theroux (@louistheroux) July 3, 2013
But this tweet sums up how we feel about the joke as of now:
download my app which replaces “Morsy” with “Morrissey” on every news site so you and all your pals can have a big old laugh
— A Magical Corpse (@Dead_Wizard) July 4, 2013
How many Morsi/Morrissey jokes did you come across on Twitter or Facebook today?
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