It might seem unlikely that a proceeding of the House Committee on Financial Services would spark jokes and memes, but Thursday’swas no ordinary event.
The committee is holding a virtual hearing, titled Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors Collide. The chief executives of Reddit, Robinhood, Citadel and Melvin Capital are all attending.
But perhaps the most intriguing attendee is Keith Gill, the Reddit poster who spearheaded the GameStop buying frenzy and is now accused of market manipulation.
Speaking of kitties, Gill called in to the virtual hearing with a cat poster on the wall behind him. He began his testimony by referencing the, saying in his opening statement, “A few things I am not … I am not a cat.”
The cat angle will always make for furr-ocious internet humor. Many saw a coded message in the poster of the dangling cat with its wording urging, “Hang in there,” seeing it as a message to those holding GameStop stock.
“Cat poster in the back is legendary,” one tweet read.
Gaming the system?
Others noticed Gill appeared to be seated in a chair made specifically for video gaming, using a microphone of the sort preferred by those who broadcast livestreams.
“Finally, gamer chairs get their day in Congress,” one Twitter user wrote.
Chair-man of the board
Naturally, some people even dug deeper, specifically identifying the chair in question.
“Looks to be a SecretLab Omega but I can’t say if it’s the standard one or the ridiculous Game of Thrones variant,” wrote one Twitter user.
Some Twitter users thought Gill and Robinhood Chief Executive Vlad Tenev could be twins. “Sorry, these are clearly the same person,” one Twitter user wrote. Another pulled out the meme showing two Spider-Man figures pointing at each other in recognition.
The hearing is ongoing. Here’s.