Ah, the noble art of diplomacy. Throughout history, great kingdoms and empires have sought to keep the peace by sending their most distinguished ambassadors to live in the capital of their counterparts. When you think about diplomats, you probably think about something like this:
That's a wood cut of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, in which the powers of Europe carefully negotiated the carve up of the continent now that dastardly Napoleon had been vanquished.
Here's another painting by Hans Holbein, showing the French ambassador to England in 1533. Look at the respect and dignity on show:
And now fast-forward to 2016. Now, instead of careful, quiet negotiations or respectful disagreements, this appears to be the level of debate amongst international adversaries:
Yes, this is the Russian Embassy in London using the Pepe The Frog meme in a tweet to taunt the British government.
The character has been around for a few years now, but over the course of the last year or so became closely associated with the so-called "alt-right", and now we guess it works as an almost literal avatar of the new world order where Trump, Putin and their armies of shit-posters are at the top, and the rest of us are somewhere below.
This is the first time embassy has used Weapons of Meme Destruction. It sent this outrageous burn to President Obama at the end of last year:
There's no word yet on whether the British government will respond to Pepe, but we suspect it might be time to defence analysts are already urging that we mobilise Harambe in response.