Former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is spending his week tying up legal system resources in a case that his own podcast guests see no hope of him winning. That would be the contempt charges for his refusal to testify for the Jan. 6 committee, and given that he did, in fact, refuse to testify upon subpoena, it sure seems like a cut-and-dried case. Leaked audio of Bannon’s maneuvering doesn’t help matters for Congress’ actual proceedings either for the alleged “coup plotter,” but at the moment, people are very outraged about a comparison that’s surfaced in what appears to be a courtroom sketch.
There’s no verification on precisely what evil has transpired, but what’s outraging people is an addition (to the sketch) that compares Bannon’s physical appearance to that of a beloved Peanuts comic strip character. All of this is happening after Bannon actually attempted to clean up a bit ^^ for court after previously growing upset at how people believe that he resembles a “deranged incel.” With that said, here’s that “courtroom sketch” as tweeted by meme-mischief king Paul Leigh. It’s Pigpen!
— Paul Leigh 🇺🇸 🇺🇦 I Stand w/Ukraine & Democracy (@Pleightx) July 18, 2022
The image (which appears to be gleaned from the work of artist Bill Hennessey, whose sketches so far can be viewed at CNN) purports to be Bannon’s appearance in open court, although jury selection’s currently ongoing.
The first courtroom artist’s sketch of Steve Bannon appearing in court today. pic.twitter.com/6p9WMJIbW7
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 18, 2022
The reactions came fast and fierce, led by Mark Hamill, who declared “This is SO unfair to Pigpen.”
This is SO unfair to Pigpen. https://t.co/bYdguUKcFt
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) July 18, 2022
From there, the outraged responses continued, including people who lamented the injustice of Pigpen being compared to a megalomaniacal podcaster who pushed to overthrow the U.S. government. Pigpen would never.
Why ya gotta do Pigpen like that? pic.twitter.com/ePkHPF2ppm
— Mr.Tibbs 🇨🇦 (@KwesiW1) July 18, 2022
Please don’t offend PigPen this way. https://t.co/MNclpRcI6m
— Papi’s Tacos N Que ✭🌮 🍺 (@FBGBBQ) July 18, 2022
Pigpen can’t help that he was drawn that way. What’s Steve Bannon’s alibi? https://t.co/DFZxwaqdCF
— Hil.i.am 🇺🇦 (@hilaryluros) July 19, 2022
That is an insult to Pigpen, who never posed a security threat to anyone. https://t.co/MnWCMPJpKj
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) July 18, 2022
Pigpen does not deserve this 😭😭😭 https://t.co/yYilDaxKN4
— Chunky Blueberry (@chunkyblueberry) July 18, 2022
Steve Bannon is being compared to Pigpen from the Peanuts comic strip which is very insulting to Pigpen Charles Schultz would be outraged
— Tom "I have a President again" Servo 🌊 (@angelus_04) July 19, 2022
.I agree, pigpen is a beloved character and should not be used for the criminal https://t.co/4ZZKkGL35J
— gert mcqueen (@gertmcqueen) July 18, 2022
In fairness, Pigpen wasn’t a vile, broken, megalomaniacal narcissist seeking fulfillment in his miserable, empty existence by overthrowing democracy at home and abroad.
Also in far better physical shape and less filthy… https://t.co/8JIhczlTB7
— Dave Kearn (@dave_kearn) July 18, 2022
And to end things, here’s a Beetlejuice comparison. “It’s showtime,” for sure.
I photographed him this evening pic.twitter.com/JBLDzTqoBc
— Queen of Angels (@Chr155y_333) July 19, 2022