This is such a perfectly 2018 thing to happen on the internet.
July 1 is Canada Day, the Canadian equivalent of Independence Day in the United States (basically). ?And because Canada's neighbor to the south has become an out-of-control tire fire of political and social unrest, folks in the U.S. are feeling some remorse.
So they're using the occasion of Canada Day to apologize. The holiday's celebratory Twitter hashtag is currently overrun with various flavors of "I'm sorry" from U.S. residents who are very much aware of and embarrassed by our shared racist uncle who's been charged with running the country.
Some of the utterances are vague "this situation sucks" acknowledgments. Others address The Current State of Things with more specificity. A few try to defuse the obvious tension with stabs at humor. But the common thread is, simply: "I am so so sorry about this."
Happy Birthday, Canada!
I know we suck as neighbors right now & if you build a polite privacy hedge along the border, we'll totally understand.
Thanks for being a beacon of hope and leadership in the face of American tyranny. We're proud to call you friends. ????#CanadaDay pic.twitter.com/ToEyDp9zhR
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) July 1, 2018
You're looking pretty good for 151. If you've got a few gray hairs showing, it's because you have to live so close to us. We're sorry for that. Go buy some really expensive hair dye & send the bill to President Trump c/o The White House.
— It's the end of the world as we know it... (@MST3K_4_Life) July 1, 2018
Happy Canada Day! We're sorry for everything!