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The world’s saddest tweet?

From the world’s saddest tweeter?

So I was rummaging around on Twitter today and ran across this tweet. It’s not a new one, but it strikes me as rather exquisitely sad, so sad I really feel I need to share it with you all.

Make sure you watch the embedded video, though, to really appreciate what makes this tweet so sad.

HOW IS IT PATHETIC TO ENJOY CUDDLES WITH THE WORLD’S CUTEST FLUFFY CAT?

There’s a lot wrong with far-right attack journalist Ian Miles Cheong, but this tweet is just so silly and sad. DO YOU HATE JOY, IAN?

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Matthew Brunell
Matthew Brunell
4 months ago

Though slime has done a video on this. Check out “soft link breaks the chain.” Hardness is a trait that only benefits wealthy elites.

Trying
Trying
4 months ago

That video makes me happy to be alive and restores my faith in men. Also I miss my fluffy black boy kitty 🙁

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 months ago

I wanna pet and hug the kitty.

ginger
ginger
4 months ago

Only a soulless piece of shit sorry excuse for a hoomin would think this video is sad. The video is wonderful. Those floofs!

Correction Automatique
Correction Automatique
4 months ago

Yes, Ian hates joy. And he thinks we all need to hate joy right along with him because misery loves company. No, Ian. You’re on your own, and I’m not even a huge fan of cats.

Crip Dyke
4 months ago

I was waiting for the sad in the video & it kept not happening. I’m used to sarcasm, so I was waiting for the “pathetic” as well, but prepared not to find anything pathetic.

I didn’t realize it was Ian Miles Cheong until after watching the full video & reading your comments, & suddenly I was like, “Wait, he thinks this is bad?”

Totally did not compute. I seriously thought there was going to be a subtweet about how the cat had died or something.

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mexican Hot Chocolate
4 months ago

I’m cuddling my fluffy white cat right now.

Naglfar
Naglfar
4 months ago

100% that Ian is jealous. No animal or human would ever love him like that, and he’d never be as happy as the person in the video.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
4 months ago

@Naglfar

100% that Ian is jealous. No animal or human would ever love him like that, and he’d never be as happy as the person in the video.

100% in agreement.

LindsayIrene
LindsayIrene
4 months ago

Not all of us have a forgotten, lint-covered, dried up gummi bear rattling around where our heart should be, Ian

Robert Haynie
Robert Haynie
4 months ago

It’s a cat video.

It’s like a thousand thousand other cat videos that clog Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and the rest of the net. It’s a mainstay of social media and those who make a living by making certain that said social media is sufficiently supplied with feline cinematics.

It’s not even that special of a cat video. Here’s a guy with a somewhat floofier than average cat gushing about said cat. This plot accounts for some 39% of extant cat videos (and yes, I am making that statistic up out of whole cloth).

And yet, it is also the most pathetic thing Mr. Cheong has ever seen.

I can only assume that he’s been blind (or nearly so, at least) all his life, and has only joined the ranks of the sighted recently.

athveg34f
athveg34f
4 months ago

Oh, mother of Christ, that was a joyous and life-affirming video! My heart is giddy from seeing this! Thanks, pathetic hooman “Miles”. (And thanks, non-pathetic hooman David!)

Chris Oakley
Chris Oakley
4 months ago

Screw Ian and the broadband he rode in on.

Last edited 4 months ago by Chris Oakley
Full Metal Ox
4 months ago

In summary: Ian Miles Cheong is incensed that someone out there has love, joy, and pussy and it isn’t him.

Nequam
Nequam
4 months ago

Aside: the unfluffy cat is pretty cute too.

mouse sparrow
mouse sparrow
4 months ago

@Robert: speak for yourself, ALL cat videos are special to me.

Plus it’s a story video by The Dodo, who appreciates ALL animals.

Alan Robertshaw
4 months ago

@ mouse sparrow

Plus it’s a story video by The Dodo

Oh gawd, Dodo videos are my biggest time sink; they’re just unignorable.

It’s a good job I don’t work in nuclear engineering.

“The reactor is going critical! If we don’t shut it down in three minutes there’ll be an explosion the size of Nebraska!”

“I’m right on it! Oh wait, there’s an aardvark playing football!”

Sheila Crosby
Sheila Crosby
4 months ago

I had a wonderful cuddle with my cat this morning.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
4 months ago

Cheong is being rather pathetically bitter and jealous here, clearly. And I suspect he’s also put out because the human partner of the bloke in the video is not shown on-screen for him to criticise. (there are certainly regions where it’s usual to use “us” to refer to oneself, but this guy uses “me”. On second thoughts Cheong probably didn’t even listen).
Idyllic! ::sigh::

Gatecrasher
Gatecrasher
4 months ago

(Long and somewhat sad post, but I will get back to the cat eventually.)

Cats can be wonderful, there’s nothing pathetic about that. I half-joke/half-for-real call my cat my “emotional support animal”. His love means a lot to me, and has helped me through some tough times.

A few years ago, me and Mr Gatecrasher discovered that we couldn’t have children. I wrote a comment about it on this blog, and I want to thank Susan, Rabid Rabbit and others for their kind words in response.

As all people facing a life crisis (in my case together with my partner) I had to prioritize what was important to me. It turned out that my relationship with Mr Gatecrasher, my friends, my family and actually, my work, were more important to me than becoming a parent. All of these would be risked in a prolonged fight for a baby.

It was, of course, not an easy decision. There isn’t a universal answer for everyone. I can certainly see how one can stand at the same crossroads as me and choose differently.

When me and Mr Gatecrasher had made our decision, life became much better. I started to exercise again, I started to spend more time with my friends, even those with babies (Susan’s comment made me more aware of how much a friend can mean to a new parent, and I have kept that in mind), I started to read more (I have always loved books). My job is one of the few remaining nowadays where you have mentor-adept-relationships, and I started to take my mentoring role more seriously.

And then came COVID.

The pandemic has made parts of my coping strategy more difficult to do, and has also otherwise had an impact on well, the entire world, and also me. My town has been very lucky and we haven’t had that much COVID, but the restrictions affect us. I work a lot at the ER and there’s an increase in lonely elderly found on the floor unable to get up (their friends and relatives don’t visit, so they don’t see the old person get gradually weaker, finally resulting in them falling), various illness and injury related to alcoholism, and people taking overdoses in suicide attempts or desperate self-damage behavior. The isolation takes it’s toll on people. I am not the person to feel sorry about here, but seeing all the misery is really disheartening. And it is definitely more misery than usual.

And now I get to the cat. He doesn’t care if I’m a “barren non-woman”, he loves me anyway. (Actually, he probably loves me more since no children means I have more time for him.) When I come home from work, tired and sometimes sad, he always comes to meet me. And he is happy to see me, even if there’ve been patients I couldn’t help. He doesn’t care if I’m tired or grumpy, he wants to be with me anyway. I sometimes joke and tell Mr Gatecrasher that our cat knows what the meaning of life is: food, sleep, play, and love and cuddles. It’s kind of true though.

One should not underestimate the love and support an animal can give.

Alan Robertshaw
4 months ago

@ gatecrasher

One should not underestimate the love and support an animal can give.

Indeed.

Your story illustrates a really important point about how animals can be more than just pets. For a lot of people they truly are companions; and they do provide essential emotional support. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that they can sometimes literally be life savers.

This cropped up in a discussion recently. It was about things like how people who are already vulnerable can face dilemmas where they have to choose between being housed or losing their only friend in the world. And the work that some very wonderful people are doing to try to remedy that.

Here’s a link that gives a bit more detail. If/when a video of the webinar goes up, I can post a link if anyone would like that.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bitesize-series-animal-law-social-justice-and-interconnectedness-tickets-129297541427

ETA: It appears you have to click on the ‘view details’ button. It won’t let me link directly to the relevant page.

Last edited 4 months ago by Alan Robertshaw
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
4 months ago

Knew he were an unlikeable arsehole, but this actually makes me feel slightly sorry for him. Such a joyless life he leads.

LollyPop
LollyPop
4 months ago

Not only is this incredibly joyless, but Ian’s pomposity and fragility mean that (no matter what he thinks) he’s just so far from winning whatever masculinity game he mistakenly thinks he’s competing in.

As a case in point, Mr LollyPop is probably by these alt-right types incredibly unimaginative measures manly enough for them. He likes traditionally masculine things. He lifts weights and climbs. He also looks pretty tough – when a bloke tried to pick a fight by stealing Mr LollyPop’s pint, he went over, put his arm around his shoulders and said “hey fella, I think that’s my drink”, and the guy gave it straight back. Obviously thought better of it.

And he LOVES our cat. She falls asleep in his arms while he chats to her and tells her how pretty she is. Because she’s lovely and cute and brings more love into our lives.

TD;LR Loving something does not make you pathetic, making fun of other people for loving something kinda does.

Alan Robertshaw
4 months ago

@ lollypop

Loving something does not make you pathetic

I like any excuse to post this pic.

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ETA: It’s quite a cute story

https://www.boredpanda.com/biker-saves-kitten-party-cat-pat-doody/

Last edited 4 months ago by Alan Robertshaw
Miri
Miri
4 months ago

I just. Want to smoosh my face into Eric’s tummy. HE’S SO FLUFFY HELP.

Lollypop
Lollypop
4 months ago

@alanroberstshaw

That is a glorious picture and story, thank you!

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
4 months ago

What an adorable floof! So cuddly!

For Ian, the only acceptably masculine pet is the ants streaming out of his keyboard.

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
4 months ago

But ants are communist!!!!!

Best pet for Cheong is probably a pet hate.

North Sea Sparkly Dragon
North Sea Sparkly Dragon
4 months ago

Oh the floof! if I didn’t have two extremely jealous hounds I’d be getting a cat, but I do, so I can’t.

Naglfar
Naglfar
4 months ago

@Threp
I would say to give Ian a pet rock because he can’t abuse that, but he’d probably throw it at someone and they’d get hurt.

Paireon
Paireon
4 months ago

Oof. Big mistake there, Ian. People on the internet LOVE cats. Even most of the people who’d otherwise agree with you. Prepare to lose whatever cred or sympathy others accorded you up until now. And that is truly pathetic.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
4 months ago

For some reason, I am reminded of Vigo’s bad reaction to people’s singing and joy in Ghostbusters II. (The same film also had a creepy incel as the big bad’s useful idiot, with the apparent contract between them being that he gets Dana if he brings Vigo the baby. That makes two Ghostbusters films in a row with an incel baddie, since the third film also has one.)

Kevin
Kevin
4 months ago

The bit with the paws in the book was too sweet

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 months ago

Wow, if you don’t smile in joy at watching that video…you literally can’t have a heart. i want to have that on an inifinite loop in front of me to keep me going.

Paireon
Paireon
4 months ago

@Surplus: To be fair IIRC the Ghostbusters 2 “incel” baddie was magically brainwashed into becoming Vigo’s minion, so his agency in the whole thing is questionable at best. Although he was pretty creepy/clumsy towards Dana even before that too, so…

Cygnia
4 months ago

POOMPH CATS~! <3

Lukas Xavier
Lukas Xavier
4 months ago

Ghostbusters 2 is very apropos:

Alan Robertshaw
4 months ago

Maybe Vigo did need a kitten. Might have made him less angry.

Cyborgette
Cyborgette
4 months ago

OMG I love these cats so much. Anyone who thinks less of Steve for his love for them must be just… absolutely heartless.

.45
.45
4 months ago

“What do you want, you moon-faced assassin of joy?”

Hambeast
Hambeast
4 months ago

That video made me so happy! Our kitty boys are nearly that affectionate and it’s awesome!

I agree that Mr. Cheong is totes jelly.

IseultTheIdle
IseultTheIdle
4 months ago

The guy in the video is awesome.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 months ago

Floofy cats are awesome. So are non-floofy cats.

I had a rotten day at work yesterday, but our clowder snuggled up with me to remind me that I’m loved. (Mr. Parasol did the same, but I’m sure our cats would want me to mention their contributions first.)

I don’t understand people who say cats are standoffish pets. There may be standoffish cats – one of ours is very suspicious of other people, and like Greebo he can be quite territorial, but he’s a big softie, really – but cats as a species can be quite affectionate. When I was in the hospital a few years back, our Greebo-esque cat was FURIOUS. I was HIS designated human, and I did not have his permission to leave, so even though Mr. Parasol was making sure everybody was fed, my cat was stomping around and making his displeasure known. Soon as I was home, he was in my lap, and when I crawled into bed, he snuggled right up and purred away. His human was back where she belonged, and therefore all was right with the universe.

Last edited 4 months ago by Victorious Parasol
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
4 months ago

Send good wishes for my kitty please. She has an upper respiratory infection of some sort. The vet gave her some antibiotics, so hopefully that’ll clear it up. But it makes me sad to see her like this. She’s usually feisty. And cuddly. But now all she does is lie around on the floor all day.

angela angie
4 months ago

 He likes traditionally masculine things. He lifts weights and climbs. 

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
4 months ago

@WWTH
I’m so sorry to hear that your cat is under the weather. It’s hard to see our furry children sick. I hope she’s up to her old tricks soon.

@VP

His human was back where she belonged, and therefore all was right with the universe.

And they lived happily ever after.

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
4 months ago

Ian Miles Cheong: pathetic excuse for a human.

Lizzie
Lizzie
4 months ago

And here is a man playing the piano with his cat, and there seems to be a fair amount of mutual happiness https://twitter.com/i/status/1256538034729889794

Naglfar
Naglfar
4 months ago

@WWTH
Hope your kitty is feeling better soon.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 months ago

@Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)

And they lived happily ever after.

He’s currently sitting on my foot, so I think he’d agree with you.