In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, several conservative politicians (namely our President) have been tossing around the idea of arming school teachers with firearms as a “safeguard” against future shooters. Naturally, this idea has been met with a considerable amount of disbelief, considering how costly and dangerous it would be to arm a percentage of the nation’s teachers, not to mention the fact that there are plenty of educators who don’t exactly have the necessary disposition to carry a firearm.
The proposal led to a litany of online jokes about what life would be like under the rule of certain gun-wielding teachers — in particular, Ms. Trunchbull from the movie Matilda.
Matilda gonna be really short movie if Miss Trunchbull got a gun pic.twitter.com/LT8oLjMYf4
— Ira Madison III (@ira) February 23, 2018
Rapper Cardi B even shared a meme about the terror of a gun-toting unhinged totalitarian principal like Trunchbull. And because this is social media, where everyone feels compelled to talk sh*t, someone actually called Cardi B a “dumbass” for sharing the meme, saying, “She won’t kill a kid like wtf.”
However, as avid fans of Matilda are well aware, this isn’t exactly a valid point, considering Trunchbull’s abusive and creative punishments — and Cardi B clapped right back at the hater, who obviously wasn’t up to date on their Matilda trivia.
It takes some gall to throw shade at Cardi, whose premiere single was essentially a track calling out all of her haters.
The cherry on top of the whole incident was when Mara Wilson, AKA Matilda herself, weighed in on the altercation, saying that Cardi B “makes a good point.”
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) February 26, 2018
(For the record, it’s completely preposterous to simply call Mara Wilson “Matilda,” as she is a writer and published author who has officially retired from the film acting life, and has done considerably more than Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.)
People were wholeheartedly supportive of this unexpected Cardi B-Mara Wilson alliance.
Proud to stand with you in this important pro-Cardi-B moment.
— Chris Collision (@cfCollision) February 26, 2018
But everyone also agreed that it’s a travesty that some of these young whippersnappers haven’t watched Matilda all the way through.
i just yelled THE CHOKEY out loud, alone
— democracy diva (@democracydiva) February 26, 2018
These post 2000's babies never seen Matilda smh
— Vibranium Ballz (@rolla_dex) February 27, 2018
C’mon, y’all. This is an important piece of ’90s cinematic history. Get with it.