Before Friday, few would ever have guessed that the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) really have any “super powers” - although they all have the ability to destroy the economy and potentially destroy the world with advanced weapons. Fortunately, the purpose of the G7 – an intergovernmental political forum made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – is to use its collective power (not to mention wealth) for good, at least in theory.
G7 leaders met this year at Cornish’s Carbis Bay Hotel resort, which served as a way for the host country to showcase Britain’s green technology sector.
On Friday, US President Joe Biden posed for a photo with other G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, as and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.
Due to the limitations of Covid-19, leaders were carefully “socially distanced” as they stood on the platform on two levels – and many on social media did not take long to compare leaders to action figures.
This included comedian and host of the late CBS show Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) who posted, “Before I order these numbers, does anyone know if they can take them out and play with them or are they glued to the podium?”
Colbert’s tweet was liked almost 50,000 times by Saturday morning and he wasn’t the only one to notice that the leaders looked like collectible figures on a booth – especially in 1978. Star Wars exhibition post stand.
That picture was humorously mocked on Twitter on Friday night and Saturday morning.
“A new set of action figures, just released. Kind of unrealistic. Also serious presentation issues. I’m basically bringing them back to Toys R Us right away. # G7,” wrote David Gauntlett, Canadian chairman of research at X University.
John Elwood, a writer for SCOTUSblog, said: “I’m glad I paid extra for the exhibition stand for my G7 action figures.”
User @Tyrangiel was among those who noticed: “Female G7 action figures got their arms bent!”
@FussyFilm also “Accessories sold separately. # G7 # G7Cornwall”
Carnegie University Master’s student Mellon Chaston Pfingston (@thatpflordian) announced: “Now YOU can rule the world with brand new G7 action figures! Find them wherever toys are sold. Each individual figure is sold separately.”
“Subscriptions on Amazon sold out within minutes, and Target’s G7 toy page crashed due to heavy traffic,” the faux news remarked, adding, “Along with the 9-digit set, toy makers are working on multiplayer video game platforms, series book YA and an animated feature to be released on Paramount +. “@ZenMasterGuy shared a photo from the humor website and stated,” Mine don’t leave the box! “
@davejorgenson was among those who didn’t see the action figures exactly, and instead suggested that the leaders are ready for the Electronic Arts video game, “Your Sims are waiting to enter the new house where you spent hours.”
Moreover, another photo from the G7 – which included Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II – also rounded up on Twitter. @MBEngMike wrote, “Just when I think I’ve collected all the G7 action figures, they make up a limited edition of Her Majesty’s character.”
Even when many are having fun, it’s still worth noting the great power these leaders have – even if it’s not from a superhero or action star.
“As crazy as it sounds, the leaders of the United States, France and Britain – all nuclear powers – individually are far more powerful than the superhero ever thought,” said Harry Kazianis, senior director of the Center for National Interest.
“With just one order, any leader could order a devastating nuclear strike that could kill billions of people in perhaps a few minutes,” Karianis added. “If the target was Russia or China, it means a devastating counterattack in which billions of other people could be killed. Simply put: Joe Biden or Boris Johnson could literally order the end of the world by ordering. Thanos would be jealous of the Course.”