Joe Rogan reacted Friday to the blood-red background of President Joe Biden’s Thursday night speech in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
“Imagine thinking this was a good idea,” Rogan shared with his 15.5 million followers.
Looking through comments to the podcast host’s post, many of his followers made it clear they didn’t realize the photo was real and thought it was just a meme going around.
Several other people noted how it looked like something from the “Star Wars” franchise, comparing Biden to Emperor Palpatine.
Even Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) noted the similarity.
Palpatine looks good. pic.twitter.com/M3HaupMO5K
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 2, 2022
Others said it looked like something from the dystopian film “V for Vendetta,” comparing Biden to High Chancellor Adam Sutler.
“Look at the bizarre and apocalyptic optics of the speech,” the former cohost of “The View” wrote. “He stood at his podium in front of murky red lighting: this was the backdrop of a dictator from a science fiction movie, not the democratically elected President of America.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 2, 2022
“Whomever oversaw set design in the White House clearly wanted him to look ominous and intimidating, like a character from ‘V for Vendetta’ or the ‘Twilight Zone,’” she added.
Country singer John Rich told his hundreds of thousands of followers, “I could almost smell the sulphur …” as he too shared the same dark photograph from the speech.
I could almost smell the sulphur… pic.twitter.com/aPv27NqU0W
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) September 2, 2022
Members of both sides of the media also called attention to the imagery and various elements of the backdrop they found disturbing, as The Daily Wire previously reported.