Remember Louis Virtel? He’s the absolutely fabulous Jeopardy! contestant whose snap was heard ’round the viral world last May. The writer and comedian didn’t win the final round during his appearance, but his fantastic Daily Double answer (and response) about playwright Arthur Miller ensured his social media prowess for months to come. So much so that the House Republicans’ website produced a GIF of Virtel’s famous gesture to offer readers an “exclusive behind-the-scenes look at President Obama’s final State of the Union address” via Snapchat.
When Virtel found out his image was being used by the GOP, he reacted accordingly on Facebook and Twitter. He called the party and its presidential candidates “horrifying garbage who’ve done nothing for LGBT rights,” and railed against their branding for using his image without prior permission.