Stephen King reacts to the fly in Mike Pence’s hair

Unlike Trump, Vice President Mike Pence prepared for his debate against vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris. CNN reports that those close to Pence said he had worked to be “meticulously on-message.” The vice president, undeniably, came ready to talk about COVID-19, climate change, and the Supreme Court. There is one thing, however, that Pence most certainly did not prepare for. A single, conspicuous black fly. Somehow, it slipped past security (sans face mask and without a ticket) to attend the October 7 vice presidential debate. And, buzzing around The University of Utah in Salt Lake City’s designated debate room it rested, on Vice President Pence’s snow-white head of hair. We, collectively, gasped. 

“Today, a star was born,” cheered HuffPost on Twitter. “Is it so wrong for us — after all these months of illness, economic uncertainty, fear, and anxiety,” wrote Vogue, “to briefly worship the fly?” All-American horror author, Stephen King, didn’t think so. “THE LORD OF THE FLIES, starring Mike Pence! Coming soon to a streaming platform near you,” he tweeted. 

King's Pence as Lord of the Flies tweet has broken Twitter

Need a refresher? Spark Notes is here for you. The Lord of the Flies is a literary legend. In William Golding’s novel, it’s a metaphor for evil, and it takes the shape of a severed and bloody pig head that a group of stranded boys mount on a stick, and offer up to “the beast.” Flies, of course, swarm around it. 

At the time of this writing, more than 40,000 Twitter accounts have given Stephen King, and his gruesome political analogy, a thumbs up. “I hope they invite the fly to the next debate,” wrote one appreciative follower. “Mr. King, if you don’t write this book, I am going to cry,” pleaded a fan. “Beelzebub!!! I knew Pence reminded me of someone all these years!” exclaimed another. (Beezlebub, writes The New World Encyclopedia, also known as “Lord of the Flies,” is a demon or the devil, depending on which religious text you reference.) 

Think what you’d like. Of any of the VP debate back-and-forths we witnessed on October 7, for better or worse, the fly may well have struck the biggest chord.  

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