Australian politician threatens to sue blogger over meme — Reddit makes them even more

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Clive Palmer is a controversial figure in Australia. In May, he spent about $60 million promoting the United Party of Australia that he founded.

Billionaire and politician Clive Palmer, who in Australia is called the local Donald Trump, threatened to sue YouTube blogger Friendlyjordies (real name Jordan Shanks) for defamation. Comedian Shanks posted a letter from Palmer’s lawyer in his video. The letter said that the blogger defamed Palmer, calling him a “fat moron” and “fat Humpty Dumpty.” The billionaire’s lawyers have promised to demand compensation from Shanks in the amount of $340 thousand, according to the BBC.

Shanks, who is one of Australia’s most well-known YouTube bloggers, shoots videos criticizing the country’s conservative politicians. In May, on his channel, he posted a video (now unavailable) with memes on Clive Palmer. Soon, parliamentary elections were to take place in Australia, in which the billionaire also participated. In the video, the comedian showed the politician in the form of Homer Simpson and put a photograph of Palmer on the image of the child held by Donald Trump. After Shanks talked about a letter from billionaire lawyers on September 23, Reddit users decided to support the blogger and began to create their own memes.


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