"Terminator Genisys" is currently bringing a rebooted version of its ass-kicking apocalyptic heroine Sarah Connor back to the big screen by way of the Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke), so of course everyone's on high alert for all-things-SkyNet right now.
Which means the timing couldn't have been more (im)perfect for a woman named Sarah O'Connor to sent out a tweet on a robot-related death in Germany. Because it inadvertently made what was a super sad story about a technician who was killed by a machine at a VW plant into motion an absolute maelstrom of snarky remarks.
Here was her original tweet:
A robot has killed a worker in a VW plant in Germany http://t.co/RRdCnNmbsj— Sarah O'Connor (@sarahoconnor_) July 1, 2015
Despite the heavy subject matter (because, seriously, R.I.P. unnamed German autotech) you could see the source of confusion-slash-intrigue tweeters had with this one, yes?
And that of course ballooned into a ball of social media madness right away.
First, there were those that were considering themselves officially *warned* by her message.
@sarahoconnor_ It becomes self-aware 2:14 AM, Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.— Stevie J (@steviejofficial) July 1, 2015
Sarah? @sarahoconnor_ you must RUN!!!!!— Gearoid O' Mathuna (@HRHgearoid) July 1, 2015
@sarahoconnor_ You are our only hope now. Resistance fully supports you as our leader.— FakeJourno (@FakeJourno) July 1, 2015
@sarahoconnor_ Omg! The rise of the machines.— Bahadur (@my2bit) July 1, 2015
@sarahoconnor_ ...a storm is coming.— GnomishMath (@GnomishMath) July 1, 2015
And of course there were the SkyNet conspiracy theorists who went (faux) ballistic and begged for her help.
@sarahoconnor_ Sarah! Stop Skynet project! Will kill us! Save us please! Greetings from Brazil— uɐɯǝɔı (@iMaycon) July 1, 2015
@sarahoconnor_ we must shut down skynet right now.— Mr. Teague (@TheTrueTeague) July 1, 2015
Plus, there were a few quick quote-slingers on high alert.
@sarahoconnor_ come with me if you want to live sorry not sorry— James Poulos (@jamespoulos) July 1, 2015
@sarahoconnor_ I need your clothes, your boots and your bike— Queen Bitch♌ (@Miss_obi_kitten) July 1, 2015
And at first, O'Connor had a brief bit of facepalmy fun with it, like "Heh, oh riiiiiight. My B."
@sarahoconnor_ Ok. I should have thought about my name & its associations before tweeting this!— Sarah O'Connor (@sarahoconnor_) July 1, 2015
Then she was like, "Hmmm, OK this isn't even my thing but whatevs."
@sarahoconnor_ Sigh. I've never even watched the films. Now my feed is full of people tweeting me about skynet.— Sarah O'Connor (@sarahoconnor_) July 1, 2015
But then she remembered that the beginning of all this was a real man whose life was lost at the hands of a robot -- so she got serious with the major sadface reminder.
@JamesBusher Ugh, this is a bit uncomfortable. A person has actually died.— Sarah O'Connor (@sarahoconnor_) July 1, 2015
However, Twitter is as Twitter does, and that just launched a thousand more 140-character-or-less "Terminator"-themed anecdotes.
@sarahoconnor_ that's because that robot is out there. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pain, pity, or remorse!— Cha-Ching! (@Bitter1one) July 1, 2015
Oh you, internet. Never change.