This year, the White House decided to spice up the annual ceremony pardoning a select turkey and naming it the National Thanksgiving Turkey. While the ceremony is on Wednesday, you can vote via Twitter and Facebook to choose which turkey should be granted the pardon. Voters can choose between Little Monster Caramel and “proud strutter” Popcorn. While the White House most likely intended to merely augment social media engagement, the campaign more resembles how a Capitol resident would enjoy watching tributes fight to the death in The Hunger Games.
The results for the victor are not as dramatic as it seems — both turkeys will be pardoned. Nevertheless, the implications of choosing which turkey should “win” brings questions on what would happen if a turkey should “lose.” Many Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but it’s not like we want to choose which turkey to save and which one to slaughter, especially via social media. The White House’s intense campaign is at once hilarious, bizarre, and horrifying. Effie Trinket would be proud.
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