A video of Stephen Harper proclaiming his fandom for “Breaking Bad” and vowing never to impose a so-called “Netflix tax” has already spurred mockery online.
#HarperANetflixShow — perhaps the most unexpected Twitter hashtag to emerge from the first week of the federal campaign — began trending shortly after the Conservative Party released the clip Wednesday.
“Something you might not know about me is that I love movies and TV shows,” the Conservative leader says in the video while standing in front of a logo for Netflix, a popular online streaming service.
“One of my all-time favourites is ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s even available on some online streaming services if you’ve never seen it.”
Harper goes on to accuse Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair of leaving the door “wide open” to taxing digital streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Both New Democrats and Liberals have already said they have no intention of doing what the Tory leader claims.
In no time, some jokesters took to Twitter to suggest some other TV shows and movies Harper might enjoy.
There were digs about the robocalls scandal…
Better Robocall Saul #HarperANetflixShow— Jan O'Hara|Tartitude (@jan_ohara) August 6, 2015
Robocon: The Series #HarperANetflixShow— Madeleine Redfern (@madinuk) August 6, 2015
The senate scandal and legal woes of some Tories…
Arrested Ethics Committee Member #HarperANetflixShow— Allison Sparling (@Allisomething) August 6, 2015
Arrested Senator Development #HarperANetflixShow— Marty Chan (@Marty_Chan) August 5, 2015
There were jokes about the shaky economy..
Downturn Abbey #HarperANetflixShow— Fitbit Canadian™ (@FitbitCanadian) August 6, 2015
Honey I blew up the Economy #HarperANetflixShow— Rick Palidwor (@RickPalidwor) August 6, 2015
Two and A Half Recessions #HarperANetflixShow— Bill The Sixth (@Bill_Templeton) August 6, 2015
Breaking Budget #HarperANetflixShow— Chris Markevich (@cmarkevich) August 6, 2015
And Harper’s decision to call an 11-week campaign…
Some jokes about proroguing Parliament...
Parks and Prorogation.
Unconstitutional Law & Order.August 6, 2015
And Tory tax credits...
The Cabin In The Woods Renovation Tax Credit. #HarperANetflixShow— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) August 5, 2015
There were digs at the Tory leader’s demeanour…
Eat, Don't Love, Pray #HarperANetflixShow— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August 6, 2015
#HarperANetflixShow I Won't Meet the press— Ronda Zwierz (@PunnedIt55) August 6, 2015
And plenty of “Orange Is The New…” jokes…
Orange is the New Government #HarperANetflixShow— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) August 6, 2015
Orange Is The New Minority Government #HarperANetflixShow— Kelly Senecal (@kelcynical) August 5, 2015
Then again, some just had fun with Photoshop...
Once again, the government is focused on tax cuts for rich otters. The same old song and dance. pic.twitter.com/iBysovH1BC— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) August 5, 2015
And a lot of fun with auto-tune...
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