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The Footloose Twitter account briefly went rogue to attack Trump

As the sleepy little town of America is placed under the rule of fear-mongering, puritanical traditionalists, hell-bent on oppressing our dangerously liberal ideas and banning lascivious merriment of any sort, those of us who would rebel are only emboldened to collude in secret, to meet in a place where everybody cut, everybody cut, everybody cuts loose. And so it is that the Resistance has naturally formed around the 2011 remake of Footloose, whose official Twitter recently reemerged, newly awakened to its political responsibilities, and began to lead the charge in kicking off our nation’s Sunday shoes.

As The Wrap reports, the @FootlooseMovie account—which had mostly laid dormant since 2011—returned yesterday with a fire that went well beyond promoting Julianne Hough’s disobedient dancing. The account changed its username to “The resistance” and its profile photo to a picture of Hillary Clinton, then began retweeting videos and tweets critical of Trump, many of these attacking him over the firing of FBI Director James Comey.


More pointedly, it also began replying directly to Trump himself, taunting him with myriad Russian-related memes and suggesting that “everyone” was laughing at him, even a moderately well-received update of a Kevin Bacon musical.

@Russian_trolls @realDonaldTrump In America, Europe & Russia, everyone is laughing at @realDonaldTrump

- The resistance (@FootlooseMovie) May 11, 2017

@realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/IdSfyG2VcH

- The resistance (@FootlooseMovie) May 11, 2017

@realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/U7ckLwMxdF

- The resistance (@FootlooseMovie) May 11, 2017

Unfortunately, as with so many insurgents these days, the mutiny of @FootlooseMovie was short-lived: Shortly after The Wrap’s story was published, the account was apparently wrested back from whatever long-forgotten social media manager had commandeered it, its profile changed and political tweets scrubbed. It’s now back to its innocuous, compliant former life of retweeting actors eagerly anticipating the movie’s 2011 release. Yes, the Footloose Resistance, which burned so brightly, was just as quickly snuffed out. But it won’t be soon forgotten.

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