Faster than you can say “meme,” the Internet was aflutter with commentary on today’s government shutdown. Ranging from the angry to the silly to the tweetable, here are the best reactions:
The best late-night government roasting (in addition to Stewart and Colbert’s “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve“): “Our government may be shutting down in a few hours. So folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. “All this drama is very confusing to all the hookers in D.C. They don’t know whether they have to go to work tomorrow either,” Arsenio Hall said on The Arsenio Hall Show.
Best display of American ignorance: Jimmy Kimmel polled people on Hollywood Boulevard about whether they preferred Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (hint, they’re the same thing).
Best use of social media to air middle-American grievances: The Today show’s #DearCongress hashtag.
Funniest hashtag spawn: #ShutdownPickupLines.
Best Use of Matthew Broderick: Buzzfeed used Ferris Bueller’s Day Off GIFs to explain the intricacies of the government shutdown, with Ferris as Senator Ted Cruz.
And finally, the best celeb shutdown tweets:
Obamacare begins tomorrow, and you know what that means! Wait, actually, no, you probably don't know what that means.—
Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 01, 2013
Don't think of it as a government shutdown. Think of it as a Newsroom finale.—
Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) October 01, 2013
Now that the government is shut down, what time do you guys want to go loot Costco?—
Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 01, 2013
I hope everyone's 100% clear on the difference between a government shutdown and "The Purge"—
B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) October 01, 2013
Places that work awesome without government: Somalia.—
RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) October 01, 2013
Wow, congress isn’t taking the end of “Breaking Bad” very well at all.—
Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 01, 2013