Published August 31, 2012
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Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood opened up for Mitt Romney Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, in a rambling, off-the-teleprompter speech that at one point had him addressing President Barack Obama -- well, an invisible Obama represented by a chair on stage.
At one point, he told the chair-Obama to “shut up.”
The Internet saw Eastwood speaking to an empty chair and responded -- and thus, Eastwooding was born.
Unsurprisingly, Eastwooding involves posting a picture online of yourself talking to an empty chair.
A quick search on Twitter for #Eastwooding reveals dozens of photos of empty chairs, people sitting next to empty chairs, dogs beside empty chairs, and more. Likewise, Pinterest and Instagram users took the opportunity to upload images of their furniture, with people or hands lecturing or pointing at their empty kitchen chairs.
Eastwood’s appearance before Mitt Romney's speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination capped days of buzz about the convention's “mystery guest.” The secret was out by the time Eastwood strolled onto the stage to huge applause.
“Save a little for Mitt,” Eastwood said, before declaring, “I wasn’t a big supporter” of Obama.
The star of “Dirty Harry” and a two-time Oscar-winning director jokingly said he -- like Oprah Winfrey and other Americans -- wept with joy when Obama was elected in 2008. He then turned serious, saying he wept harder at the realization 23 million people are unemployed in the United States.