Twitter was dominated by Spider-Man memes and references to the Hollywood blockbuster Independence Day as Dominic Cummings made a series of damaging claims on live television over the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Giving evidence to MPs, Mr Cummings – who left Downing Street in acrimonious circumstances last year – was scathing about some of those he worked with during the pandemic.
While that was perhaps not surprising, what was less expected was his use of an internet reference to illustrate what he saw as a lack of accountability.
Of course, Twitter swung into action at the mere mention of a meme and gave his comments a meme treatment of their own.
And it didn’t stop with Spider-Man. Here are some of the other ways in which social media reacted to Cummings’ evidence:
“You know that Spider-Man meme, both the Spider-Mans pointing at each other?” Mr Cummings told MPs.
I've clipped Cummings' 'Spiderman meme' dialogue for posterity https://t.co/ujKjr8LiZ8
The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, added: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so Extremely Online speaking from a position of relative seniority in UK politics, I guess this is the future we’ve got now.”
I don't think I've ever seen anyone so Extremely Online speaking from a position of relative seniority in UK politi… https://t.co/Z8RaOrk9UC
“You know that video of Hancock going for a run this morning? He’s not coming back, is he?” wrote one Twitter user after Mr Cummings’ comments.
Making reference to Mr Hancock’s choice of attire – an England cricket shirt – another wrote that they thought it was James Anderson “running into bowl”, to which the swing specialist replied with a laughing emoji.