Gladys Berejiklian Was The Real Winner Of The First Game Of The State Of Origin
The awkward gift that keeps on giving.
Late yesterday afternoon, ahead of the first round of the State of Origin, a photo of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian set the internet alight.
In the image, Gladys stood — back to the camera — dressed in a NSW Blues scarf and beanie, holding an unopened (why?) can of Coke Zero. Almost immediately, she received the roasting of a lifetime on Twitter, where people questioned everything from her drink of choice, TV placement, to the fact that the game was still four entire hours from starting.
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) June 9, 2021
While some internet jokes are over and done with in a matter of hours, Gladys waiting to watch the State of Origin lived through the duration game and beyond, spawning a series of memes, each somehow funnier than the last.
The NSW Blues ended up winning the game against Queensland 50-6, but I think we can all agree the real winner of the night was whoever made the Photoshop template that allowed so many people to take Gladys’ image and run.
GTA San Andreas but it's Gladys pic.twitter.com/3fksnQYZCT
— Will Cuckson (@willcucko) June 9, 2021
gladys berejiklian watches jason derulo fall down the stairs at game 1 of state of origin (2021) pic.twitter.com/ZRSubkqQqD
— jackson langford (@jacksonlangford) June 9, 2021
"Ladies, right here I have one date card from your Bachelor. Is it the one on one date? Is it a group date? I'll let you find out." pic.twitter.com/XnhKUohEAp
— Tahlia Pritchard (@Tahls) June 9, 2021
Just Gladys and Scomo getting to work pic.twitter.com/n0RLzHCCCA
— John Delmenico (@thebigjohnnyd) June 9, 2021
— Jason Calleja (@Calleja84) June 9, 2021
— TOM (@tomwalkerisgood) June 9, 2021
Gladys Berejiklian watches NYE 2015 unfold in Manchester, UK pic.twitter.com/X6Kf6Qzs0g
— will kelly (@_wkelly_) June 9, 2021
— Jay K. Cagatay (@jayktweets) June 9, 2021
— Jim Sim (@shitfor) June 9, 2021
— Anthony DC (@ADenehey) June 9, 2021
— Feenicks (@feenicks) June 9, 2021
— Wade Shipard (@wadeshipard) June 9, 2021
— katebushpouringtea (@nanayada95) June 9, 2021
On what would have normally been a regular and uneventful night for people who don’t tune into the State of Origin, Gladys provided a brief moment of joy — and for that, we have to thank her.
Here’s hoping she eventually cracked open that cold one, and enjoyed the game… when it eventually started.
Gladys is still standing there waiting for the match to start.
— thatsthejoke dot gif (@jonkudelka) June 9, 2021