Among the crazy of the most recent news cycle is a controversial story of CNN threatening to out the creator of the now infamous WWE-Trump-pummeling-CNN GIF.
In an act of sheer pettiness, CNN hunted down and found who they believe to be the creator of the GIF. They essentially blackmailed the Reddit user named “HanA**holeSolo”, saying that they would doxx (reveal personal information) the user if he (presumably he) reneged on the apology he issued July 4th.
But it turns out that CNN may have the wrong guy.
These are not the GIFS You’re Looking for..
According to BuzzFeed, the GIF that Trump posted to his twitter is not the same one created by HanA**holeSolo.
Someone downloaded the GIF that HanA**holeSolo originally posted to Reddit. Then that person cropped it to better fit a video player like Facebook or YouTube. Then they went through the effort of syncing it back up with audio from the original clip. Then that person put it somewhere where Trump or one of Trump’s people could see it and download it. Then whoever found the video version had to get it to Trump’s phone.
They know this because of certain differences between the two GIFS:
“one (Reddit) user pointed out that what Trump tweeted wasn’t actually HanA**holeSolo’s GIF.” Trump’s gif included both video and audio – whereas the Rebel smuggler wannabe’s gif did not include audio. Furthermore, the original HanA**holeSolo gif “was shorter, had a different aspect ratio, and had a WWE logo in the corner. … Not even the colors are processed in the same manner. … HanA**holeSolo’s GIF has an NTSC aspect ratio, because it was cut directly from a taping of analog Westlemania footage. Trump’s video has an aspect ratio of 16:9.”
When it comes down to it, this is just a weak attempt on CNN’s part to link Trump to racist, anti-Semitic chumps like HanA**holeSolo, who’s account is rife with such content.
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