What Twitter had to say about Justin Trudeau being denied a high five by Prince George
Prince George arrived in Victoria, B.C., with his royal parents on Saturday, whereupon he promptly denied Justin Trudeau a high-five. Which, of course he did. No three-year-old wants anything to do with any adult who isn’t their mom or dad. But the internet doesn’t care about child psychology; it cares about memes. And so it was a matter of minutes before the aborted high-five became fodder for the international press. Here’s what Twitter had to say.
Some attributed the snub to cultural differences:
To be honest, this is a cultural thing. Most UK kids don't know what a hi-5 is.https://t.co/6V5Ib6ZPPR #RoyalVisitCanada
— Christina Blizzard (@chrizblizz) September 26, 2016
Others predicted dire consequences for Canadian/British relations:
Canada to become a republic after future king snubs Trudeau #cdnpoli https://t.co/ZaaQ26zb1e
— Andy Lehrer (@AndyLehrer) September 26, 2016
A few grappled with the etiquette issues at play:
reading this thread about how it would be "unseemly" for "the prince" to have high fived trudeau in the first place
— vicki ménage (@gethporno) September 26, 2016
Still others admired the young prince’s restraint:
Prince George met Obama in a bathrobe and denied Trudeau a couple of high fives. That kid has the kind of chill we should all aspire to.
— Belinda Alzner (@belindaalzner) September 26, 2016
Media watchers ascribed grave importance to the event:
Here's a reckless prediction: this Prince George thing has just put Trudeau's winning streak of positive memes to an end. Honeymoon over.
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) September 26, 2016
Prince George: new barometer for peak Trudeau https://t.co/iYd7KyXJZM
— Corbett Hancey (@corbetthancey) September 26, 2016
Justin Trudeau (or, at any rate, his parody Twitter account), turned to the internet for counsel:
who does prince george think he is
— Trudeau Googles (@TrudeauGoogles) September 26, 2016
A few mocked the young monarch:
"Oh, a high five. How charming. And how good for you. I shan't be partaking, but good day." https://t.co/MijqCD98GO
— Tristin Hopper (@TristinHopper) September 26, 2016
And there were those who longed for their own moment of hand-to-hand contact with the world’s dreamiest head of government:
Days later and I’m still horrified that Prince George refused to high-five Justin Trudeau. I would refuse that man nothing.
— Jacki Badger (@jackibadger) September 26, 2016
One person came up with the perfect hashtag:
— artocracy (@artocracy1) September 26, 2016
But the wisest shut their laptops and moved on to other things:
Five consecutive tweets about Prince George not high-fiving Justin Trudeau? Sorry Twitter I'm out #sundaytwitter
— Chris Jancelewicz (@CJancelewicz) September 25, 2016