Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave the Democratic party’s official response to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, summing up the party’s objections to the president and their vision for a different path forward.
Many online, however, zeroed in immediately on the production values of the moment, which showed a uniquely crisp Abrams at an undisclosed location, standing in front of a blurred-out audience and what looked like solid blue drapes behind the risers. Many journalists and Twitter influencers wondered what the deal was — with some even publicly speculating about the possibility that the party had used a green screen.
“… Is this green screen,” asked Washington Post audience editor Gene Park.
“My thoughts exactly,” echoed Politico comms chief Brad Dayspring.
“Is this Democratic Response using a green screen or is it just bad lighting?” wondered Tinder co-founder Jonathan Badeen.
A rep for the Democratic National Committee did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap about what may have caused the effect. See more of the bewildered responses from people who watched Abrams’ State of the Union rebuttal below.
… is this green screen
— Gene Park (@GenePark) February 6, 2019
My thoughts exactly. https://t.co/nsx9bFon1b
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) February 6, 2019
The lighting is horrible for Stacey Abrams. Looks like she's standing either in front of a green screen or rows of ghosts. #SOTU
— Jason Le Miere (@JasonLeMiere) February 6, 2019
Is this Democratic Response using a green screen or is it just bad lighting?
— Jonathan Badeen (@badeen) February 6, 2019
Odd green screen effect for Abrams
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) February 6, 2019
Holy shit is that background fake??? Is that a green screen crowd????
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) February 6, 2019
— Dallas Goldtooth (@dallasgoldtooth) February 6, 2019
What is the green screen of awkwardly standing, out of focus people supposed to accomplish?
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) February 6, 2019
Is she in front of a green screen? #DemocraticResponse
— Ben (@BenHowe) February 6, 2019