"On his first night in the White House, President Trump complained that the TV in his bedroom was broken, because it didn’t have 'the gorilla channel.' Trump seemed to be under the impression that a TV channel existed that screened nothing but gorilla-based content, 24 hours a day,” the fake excerpt reads.
Donald Trump's administration is arguing Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" book is full of nothing but lies, and while that remains up for debate, one "excerpt" making the rounds is definitely made up: No, the president does not watch a "gorilla channel."
The term was a top trend on Twitter Friday morning after someone wrote a parody of the many excerpts from Wolff's book that have been floating around the web all week. What was intended to be a joke was taken seriously by a lot of people carelessly retweeting it as Wolff's words.
In fact, Twitter user @pixelatedboat had to change the name of his account to "the gorilla channel thing is a joke," after he originally tweeted the satirical excerpt with, "Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind."
Read the full thing below:
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa— the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
While absolutely ridiculous, we suspect people had no problem believing it was from Wolff's book because Wolff's book is full of ridiculous alleged Trump behavior.
The more laughable gems from "Fire and Fury" include Trump getting bored after the Fourth Amendment while an aide was trying to teach him about the Constitution ("I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head," Sam Nunberg allegedly told Wolff.) and Trump being so paranoid of being poisoned he relies on eating McDonald's food because it is generally already premade. Wolff also suggested Trump may only be semi-literate, that the president was just as shocked he won the election as the rest of America, and is so uninformed about politics he didn't even know who former Speaker of the House John Boehner was
In any case, plenty of people fell for the gorilla prank and Trump supporters promptly bashed them, while others thought it was simply amusing and many more are pondered why there isn't a gorilla channel on TV yet.
See some of the uproar below:
It’s more credible than most of the shit I make up— the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
I’d say at least half of the people responding to that hilarious Wolff “gorilla channel” parody can’t see that it’s parody.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 5, 2018
The Gorilla Channel excerpt is NOT from Wolff's book.— Larissa Fieldman (@MineLilLight) January 5, 2018
It's a parody.
What's sad is that some have fallen for this parody....because it isn't that different from the reality. Think about that for a minute.
I had more respect for @realDonaldTrump when I thought he was an avid gorilla channel viewer.— Rick Quaresma (@notsoevilrick) January 5, 2018
Thesis: trump watches a fake gorilla channel— Tom Whyman (@HealthUntoDeath) January 5, 2018
Antithesis: there is no fake gorilla channel
Synthesis: we demand a gorilla channel
Look, we all know that the Gorilla Channel isn't real.— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) January 5, 2018
But I've got a more important question: WHY.
I assumed Fox and Friends WAS the gorilla Channel.— Vj (@Tex92eye) January 5, 2018
"Gorilla Channel" Ok this was satire. But here's the thing. Satire isn't funny if it's not rooted in the truth somehow. So when Rex admits calling him, "a MORON", you can't blame people for falling for the Gorilla Channel.— Nancy Skinner (@ClimateTalker) January 5, 2018
Let's be honest, a Gorilla Channel would be better than a lot of what's on TV right now. pic.twitter.com/sTmWDzZIyl— Randy Viewers (@TotalRube) January 5, 2018
love my job as a gorilla channel executive, making boutique gorilla programming for influencers— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) January 5, 2018
Idea for a Black Mirror: What if, the whole time, the Gorilla Channel was watching *you*— Daniel Radosh (@danielradosh) January 5, 2018
Donald Trump would never watch the Gorilla Channel - cuz he hates anyone smarter than him.— Pin Head (@SpikedCranium) January 5, 2018
And for one brief minute Trump united the country, even if it was over a gorilla channel— Clayton Newberry🇺🇸 (@claytonnewberry) January 5, 2018
QQ, can I get the Gorilla Channel on Roku? Or do I have to sign up for Hulu? Why is cord-cutting so confusing? #GorillaChannel— Brian Titus (@btitus) January 5, 2018