I’ve been seeing the image of this guy popping up on my Instagram and Twitter feeds and I kept wondering who he was and why people were so interested in his image. Now I know.
Chances are, if you’re scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feeds, you’ve probably seen this Black guy used in a number of popular memes. He’s the guy in glasses who is on the phone, wearing a green striped shirt.
His name is Martin Baker and here’s how seemingly by coincidence, the good folks of the Internet — specifically, Black Twitter — obtained an image and a meme was born with little to no context.
Remember the unarmed 18-year-old black boy, Michael Brown who was killed by police officer, Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014? There were many demonstrations by black people in protest of Brown’s death. However, 125 people demonstrated in support for police officer, Darren Wilson. 124 of them in that rally were white, 1 was black. That one black person was Martin Baker, the Instagram guy.
A stack of dark blue T-shirts, on sale for $7 and bearing a police-style badge stating: “Officer Darren Wilson – I stand by you,” quickly sold out and Baker purchased one for himself and proudly took a picture with it. 44-year-old Baker who is a consultant and former Republican congressional primary candidate was quoted at the rally as saying:
“People are too quick to play the race card. Lawlessness knows no color.”
That popular image of him on the phone was obtained and he was blasted from left right and centre. I never really bothered with Baker’s story. I only laughed and went on with my business each time I saw a meme of him. But I had to share this story of him I read yesterday on ODGOSSIP for our #MerryMonday segment. I was in stitches after reading it. Enjoy!
Martin Baker on #MerryMonday
BAKER SUES INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER FOR $100 MILLION FOR DEFAMATION
Once again, another person who became famous via Social Media ridicule is going after the social media companies. A photo of 44 Year Old Martin Baker holding his cellphone and looking concerned, was uploaded to twitter and immediately went viral on all social networks. Many people criticized Baker’s appearance from his hairline, his style of dressing and some even questioned his masculinity.
“I was really calling my wife and reminding her save me the big piece of chicken. I never expected all of this attention. Yes I looked concerned, but I love chicken and the last time she ate all the legs and I was stuck eating a dry wing.”
Baker said he is unable to walk down the street without being recognized and being stopped for pictures.
“I have to wear a hat now and was forced to buy shirts without stripes. All I own are green striped shirts and now I have to wear plain shirts. My life is ruined.”
Baker has since hired lawyers to go after Instagram and Twitter for a total of $100 Million, claiming defamation. He is certain he will win this claim because he did not give consent to his image being shared millions of times on the social networks. He
“They have to pay up. They are ruining lives out there.”
ODGOSSIP asked Baker if his wife saved him the chicken that he called for, he responded:
“No, her side boyfriend ate it!”