“Imagine being called Dick Van Dyke in the PC-crazed era?” tweeted the Good Morning Britain host in a feeble attempt to…poke fun at TV icon’s name and the LGBTQ community all in one go? “Poor guy. He’ll have to change his name to Richard Van Non-Binary-Gender-Fluid.”
Imagine being called Dick Van Dyke in this PC-crazed era?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 1, 2018
He'll have to change his name to Richard Van Non-Binary-Gender-Fluid. pic.twitter.com/rStgEhQl1I
The man, the myth, the legend himself responded. But not with words. Van Dyke simply posted an image from his days of playing Dr. Mark Sloan on the TV series Diagnosis Murder. His expression is all, “…for real?” proving once and for all that effective meme creation is not confined by age, but is instead defined by the wit and ingenuity of delivery.
Folks on social media were highly impressed with Van Dyke’s own. Morgan may have a permanent “own me” sticker taped to his back, but still; a diss by a nonagenarian has got to be a new low, even for him.
Piers Morgan getting owned by a 92 year old on Twitter is the best thing to wake to on a Sunday. pic.twitter.com/wE6j7vWFc4— Theo (@tprstly) December 2, 2018
Diagnosis: Murdered pic.twitter.com/NfuA6xgy9m— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) December 2, 2018
Dick Van Dyke owning Piers Morgan, as one does. https://t.co/jmVpaQROur— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 2, 2018
Dick Van Dyke has been funny longer than Piers Morgan has been alive. https://t.co/7Br4SjHAh3— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) December 2, 2018
2018, when Dick Van Dyke does NOT have time for your phobic nonsense.... https://t.co/SkVhPs51ei— Sarah Tuttle (@niais) December 2, 2018
Imagine getting roasted this hard by Dick Van Dyke tweeting a photo of himself. What a time to be alive https://t.co/MAXoy1NsgM— Lara "the seasonal names end now" Frumperstall (@underalls) December 2, 2018
Dick van Dyke dunking on Piers Morgan is perhaps a sign that we’ve entered the right timeline. https://t.co/1DHvTWII0k— Jennifer Iacopelli is revising (@jennifercarolyn) December 2, 2018
It’s his pinned tweet, y’all. 😂😂😂💀 https://t.co/AnVjL8LTLy— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) December 2, 2018
this is what heroism looks like https://t.co/Zs4vWPF4OB— jon rosenberg: now in grape flavor🌮 (@jonrosenberg) December 2, 2018
If Dick van-freaking Dyke thinks you’re a shitty person you should probably call it quits https://t.co/QpNxtB6SO1— Stangle’s Kid (@lisasaurstomp) December 2, 2018
I already loved Dick Van Dyke. This response to Piers Morgan means I don’t know now know how to describe that adoration... https://t.co/NysqZfWMh0— Scott Handcock (@scott_handcock) December 2, 2018
Ok clearly Dick Van Dyke should be President https://t.co/9GfNwxIgbs— Joel Meares (@joelmeares) December 3, 2018
Dick Van Dyke is still the friggin' man. https://t.co/9SftLMjVyR— 🏳️🌈Retro: Holidazed Enthusiast🏳️🌈 (@ThatRetro) December 3, 2018
Too late, pal, Mary tyler Moore already did this, she was funnier and came up with a better alternative with Richard Von Lesbian. Then again, she was actually smart and funny.— mands 🇨🇺 🇪🇸 (@mands0411) December 2, 2018
This might just be a learning opportunity for the rest of us social media denizens: rather than engage with trolls like Piers Morgan—whether conversationally or critically—perhaps the best way to deal with them is to not say a single word, roll our eyes, and go on with the rest of our day safely knowing we aren’t burdened with the horrifying task of actually being Piers Morgan.