The Brief: "Harm to Ongoing Matter", or HOM, comes from the "lightly-redacted" Mueller report released in April 2019. The phrase has inspired many satirical memes.
Though people may have anticipated some heavy redactions to Robert Mueller’s report, they did not expect lines, nay pages, to be entirely blacked out.
Today, Mueller’s lengthy report was published and the Twitter-sphere wasted no time in sharing their thoughts and memes. The report is blanketed with redactions from Attorney General William Barr, which have been blacked out with the words, “Harm to Ongoing Matter”, or HOM for short.
“lightly redacted” pic.twitter.com/8YEzSVc7o7— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) April 18, 2019
Talk about (literally) throwing shade.
Music lovers were quick to the take, noting that the nearly blacked-out report resembles an extra album cover.
so excited to hear this joy division reissue pic.twitter.com/v77wdz3hbj— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 18, 2019
“Harm to Ongoing Matter” is my new band name. pic.twitter.com/Oahh4G36VV— Patrick Tucker (@DefTechPat) April 18, 2019
The Nice Price pic.twitter.com/x7OIgyDP35— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) April 18, 2019
Others interpreted the looks of the report as a piece of…art.
Kazimir Malevich's "Harm to Ongoing Matter," 2019 pic.twitter.com/yOxeDKmNCj— Sam Thielman (@samthielman) April 18, 2019
Redaction Poetry: "Thirteen Ways of Looking At a Black Bar." pic.twitter.com/FMoP4PuFdv— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) April 18, 2019
HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the poem— Matt Gallagher (@MattGallagher0) April 18, 2019
HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the book
HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the band
HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the musical
HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the existential philosophy
HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the Guy Fieri restaurant
While this person made the connection to the recently photographed Black Hole.
Harm to Ongoing Matter pic.twitter.com/ZTyaapI81a— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) April 18, 2019
The existential crises took off from there.
Me when someone asks to hang out but I'm too stressed pic.twitter.com/qsUEFcmsAQ— Nicole Gallucci (@nicolemichele5) April 18, 2019
What with the political division in our country, this isn’t the first time political memes have gone viral.
It’s clear that Americans find a certain satisfaction roasting the icy, political climate by making light of otherwise serious issues.
header photo feeling very appropriate today pic.twitter.com/c5EGdgvDL1— 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚒𝚎 (@resisterhood) April 18, 2019
Perhaps HOM memes are on track to be the next “I acted loyal to a man when I should not have” memes.
2016: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) April 18, 2019
2020: HARM TO ONGOING MATTER! pic.twitter.com/CtYLl7TUJE
As we eagerly await the report’s full contents, it’s clear that if nothing else, we may have found the perfect, new excuse… “Harm to Ongoing Matter”.
WIFE: Where were you last night— Michael 🏳️🌈 (@Home_Halfway) April 18, 2019
ME: Harm to ongoing matter
WIFE: You never answered my texts
ME: Harm to ongoing matter
WIFE: Just be honest with me
ME: Okay, I was █████████████ █████ with ████████
WIFE: Just go