In the wake of Baghdad’s mass protests and deadly car bombings last weekend, many Iraqis viewed officials’ apparent concern over the stained sofa as a symbol of their politicians’ misplaced priorities.
One Twitter user asked U.S. President Barack Obama to send a replacement couch from the White House to Iraq. The “Iraqi Speaker of parliament [is seen] looking at damage 2sofa-hasn’t been seen visiting bombing sites where lives [were] lost,” wrote another.
At least 32 people were killed and 75 wounded on Sunday in two separate car bombings, adding further chaos to a weekend of anarchy in the capital. The self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Many Iraqis on social media posed for photos in which they mocked al Abadi by pretending to weep over their own couches. The topic, often accompanied by the Arabic hashtag “My couch, my pride,” was soon trending on Twitter.
The #Juburisofa meme all over social media. Some of the bestcollections here https://t.co/iZD94nnSYW #Iraq #humourpic.twitter.com/xaArzbFZ9Y
— Jean-Marc Mojon (@mojobaghdad) May 3, 2016#القنفة #قنفتي_هيبتي pic.twitter.com/yJoaf6OpBN
— Ahmed lawyer ⚖ (@Ahmedlaw4) May 2, 2016