Mike Pence Is Squinting At The Vice Presidential Debate & People Are Distracted
Forgetting sunglasses at home on a particularly sunny day can be awful. The sun may not have been out during Tuesday's vice presidential face-off, but perhaps the lights during the first vice presidential debate were too bright, because Mike Pence's squinting at the vice presidential debate subsequently caused a lot of conversation on Twitter. (Poor Pence.)
It might never be known what caused Pence to squint during the debate, held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Both candidates were equally as expressive with their faces and body language, using hand gestures and strange tics to drive home certain points and emphasize what they were trying to say.
There was no denying that both candidates' facial expressions were important to watch to understand the whole picture, just as their positions on issues were hugely important to listen to. Between Kaine's smile and quizzical eyebrows and Pence's wide-eyed, frustrated looks into the camera (hello, Jim from The Office), the vice presidential debate was truly a spectacle. However, despite all the one-liners and hilarious expressions displayed by both men, it seemed as if people simply could not let go of Pence's squinting for some reason.
Twitter was busy throughout the night, talking about Pence's exhausted squinting (and what, specifically, may have brought it on):
Mike Pence looks like he has a permanent squint from staring into the sun for 20 years. #VPDebate— AL (@a_bhard) October 5, 2016
Mike Pence would look less like a supervillain if he didn't squint and furrow his brow constantly. #VPDebate— Solomon (@King_of_Solomon) October 5, 2016
Mike Pence keeps talking about coal so much because he's the only human that can squint hard enough to turn it into diamonds. #VPDebate— Kristofer Pierce (@Krispiercegross) October 5, 2016
Is the light in Mike Pence's eyes or is his strategy to squint through the pain of this #VPDebate ?— (((Jessie Losch))) (@JessieLosch) October 5, 2016
I love how Mike Pence and Melania Trump have the same perma-squint like they can't quite believe they're doing this— Rebecca Nelson (@rebeccarnelson) October 5, 2016
Believe it or not, squinting actually helps some people see better. According to Wired, the act of squinting reduces excess light from other sources, therefore making the object that someone happens to be focusing on at least temporarily clearer. Squinting, Wired reported, is the same thing as "making a small hole with your finger and thumb and then holding it up to your eye." While the act does not actually magnify the point of focus, it does block out everything in the peripheral vision, making the point of focus the only thing to look at.
That being said, perhaps Pence wanted to focus on Tim Kaine's eyebrows. Whatever, the case or point of focus may be, I hope that Pence was able to see it more clearly:
Did Mike Pence get Botox for a permanent squint?— C.$. (@CmoneySpohnn) October 5, 2016
Mike Pence is like if a vanilla sno-cone could squint pic.twitter.com/3Q7HiV2i97— Jake Currie (@jakecurrie) October 5, 2016
Kaine and Pence's stances and arguments on the issues were incredibly important and captivating, and body language and facial expressions can sometimes prove to be difficult to control. And at the end of the day, no matter which candidate was able to roll out the best one liners or the most effective policy arguments, it's safe to say that Mike Pence's eyebrows pretty much won the social media war.