The EU Commission is taking some heat on Twitter after its account tweeted a message that some blasted for perhaps unwittingly echoing “Orwellian” themes from George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984.
Urging Europeans to get out and vote during the upcoming European Parliamentary elections, which begin in a week, the Commission’s tweet read: “The EU is peace. The EU is freedom. The EU is solidarity. The EU is diversity. The EU is human rights. The EU is opportunities. Vote.”
🇪🇺 is peace
🇪🇺 is freedom
🇪🇺 is solidarity
🇪🇺 is diversity
🇪🇺 is human rights
🇪🇺 is opportunities
🇪🇺 is Erasmus
🇪🇺 is research
🇪🇺 is protection
🇪🇺 is equality
🇪🇺 is the future.
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 18, 2019
Some observers noted that the “creepy” tweet and the slogan it bore resembled the three slogans of ‘the party’ of Big Brother in 1984: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.” The fact that all of the European Commission’s 28 members aren’t elected might have strengthened the association for some, especially since the tweet didn’t include ‘democracy’ among its ‘virtues’.
Alongside the fact I would dispute most of these, the most important cornerstone of civilisation is missing. 🇪🇺 is NOT democracy https://t.co/VngQ6Dr5Wt
— Annunziata Rees-Mogg (@zatzi) May 19, 2019
Others pointed out that the tweet’s author may not have noticed the connotations of the tweet.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 19, 2019
Have you read 1984?
If you had, you’d understand why this tweet is creepy.
— Space Force Medic (@formerlydoc) May 19, 2019
From the Ministry of Love. That’s all, inhabitans of Oceania.
— Alessandro Felici (@alexfelici) May 18, 2019
The Commission is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing policy, enforcing compliance with treaties, and representing the union in trade talks. It has more power than any other European body,