Samuel Themer, a man who identifies as a “dangerously charismatic musician, actor and drag orphan” on Twitter, is the focal point of an internet meme spreading like wildfire.
A picture of him captured on a New York subway, seated beside a woman in a niqab (Islamic face veil), was shared on Instagram by the account subwaycreatures and immediately lauded for the diversity it promotes.
Boubah Barry, who initially shared the image, took a jab at President Donald Trump claiming “this is how freedom looks like.”
This is how freedom looks like . Mr. President, we have no problem with diversity and we embrace the freedom of religion. It is in the constitution. I believe You should read it sometimes and Kazir Khan will be more than happy to lend you a copy. I can also purchase one for you sir. . . Not sure ?? how she found it, but she responded positively to my post @gildawabbit. #freedom #faith #freedomofchoice #freedomofreligion #freedomofexpression #theconstitution #resist #respect #newyorkcity #mta #nyctransit #subway #newyork
The picture gained even more popularity when shared by /pol/ News Network with the title “This is the future liberals want.” The Twitter account essentially posted the image as a warning about liberal dystopia but soon, liberals took on the picture for what it really was worth, sharing it and producing spin-off memes, claiming this was exactly the kind of future they wanted. Some people even grabbed the opportunity to produce some pretty hilarious, over the top memes.
@polNewsNetwork1 People wearing what they want to? Feeling comfortable in public? Going outside without fear? AWESOME LET'S DO IT.— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) March 2, 2017
this is the future liberals want pic.twitter.com/26wWUKfLCg— darth™ (@darth) March 2, 2017
This is the future liberals want. pic.twitter.com/A2bPNhUZBn— ???????? (@SFtheWolf) March 2, 2017
This is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/aMyU4TiTOi— Viktor Winetrout (@Cpin42) March 2, 2017
This is the future that liberals want. pic.twitter.com/RGULHdFA1x— Philip K. Dingus (@PhilipKDingus) March 2, 2017
This is the future liberals want pic.twitter.com/8bqS0y8VNE— Baal drogo (@BaalDrogo) March 3, 2017
This is the future that liberals want. pic.twitter.com/zUsBiz7dIh— For Your Eyes Only (@my_useless_life) March 3, 2017
This is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/Xx2GuKIwXT— sn??po? ??????d (@_py) March 3, 2017
“I absolutely believe it’s the future I want. I want it to not be a big deal that we sat next to each other, we’re just being ourselves,” said Themer, who looks forward to an inclusive future where people of all backgrounds and identities can co exist in peace and mind their own business.
“If we can come to have empathy for each other, we can come to a place where we can find common ground and move forward. That’s the goal,” he added.
Themer hopes that one day a picture of a woman in modesty garb sitting next to a colorful drag queen isn’t out of the ordinary. From where we currently are with Trump’s vendetta against Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants, this may be a long shot, but one day hopefully, hate crimes and racism will be rare occurrences and people will become more tolerant toward one another.