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Leveson Inquiry meets Twitter meme

The proceedings in the Leveson Inquiry into press standard and Murdoch staff’s alleged phone hacking being held in Court 73 make compelling reading, but the internet wags of Twitter have created a meme that’s almost as riveting: #popleveson

A snapshot of the conversation on Storify:

Leveson inquiry meets pop lyrics in hilarious Twitter meme #popleveson

Twitter wags use artists’ own lyrics to interrogate them in the style of presiding judge Lord Justice Leveson, who is leading the inquiry into press standards and the phone hacking scandal. And thus a meme is born.

Storified by Tim Burrowes · Fri, May 11 2012 23:09:10

"You may call it ‘sexual healing’, Dr Gaye, but I contend that some would consider it ‘serious medical malpractice’." #poplevesonDave Turner
Mr Morrissey, the silence to which you claim to be heir is, in fact, criminally vulgar. #poplevesonNicola Thompson
Is it really True, Mr Hadley, that you consider yourself indestructible, as amusing to court as that seems? #poplevesonBob
All of the boys, Ms Kelis? That is an extremely expansive claim for any dairy product. #poplevesonHopi Sen
Mr Hawkes when you continue to prophes that you are ‘the one and only,’ it does somewhat leave us with great suspicion #poplevesonEmma Jones
"You continue to blame it on the boogie, Mr Jackson. But evidence suggests that sunshine, moonlight & good times played a part" #poplevesonJoe Pickering
Mr Daltrey the phrase "I can’t explain" is not an adequate defence – after all you are not a politician #poplevesonCliff Spurr
#popleveson Yes. Rather a long list of negatives there Mr Astley, which begs the question – what *would* you do?Willie Mackenzie
"Mr Morrisey, what exactly was your involvement in the death of a disco dancer?’ #poplevesonEmma sheldon
#popLeveson please prove to the court that you are in fact made of an transition metal of atomic number 22, Miss Sia.Dan Lambden
"You may call it puppy love, Mr Osmond. The rest of us have quite a different name for it." #popLeveson #throughthenightDouglas Carter
RT @politicalhackuk: And did you honestly believe that rock and roll was an adequate foundation for a city of this size? #poplevesonRaytrace
RT @themightyshrub: Mr Loaf, would you please be more specific as to exactly what it is you were unwilling to do for love? #poplevesonEileen Weinert
And you claim, Mr Richards, that the person on your cloud was unauthorised to be there? #poplevesonRoger Cragg
@Baabuzz I was EVEN slower to catch up on #popleveson, but wasn’t it splendid? Definitely one of the better hash tag games I’ve seen…Nick Fyson
RT @bfletcherwatson: Mr Astley, do you really expect us to believe that there are NO circumstances under which you would give the lady up? #poplevesonbroken_records
RT @Eaterofsun: I know nothing of astrobiology Mr Bowie. May we return to the unprofessional and indeed criminal behavior of the lawmen, please #poplevesonKoks
#popleveson and what, Miss Small, if you don’t mind me asking, have you done today in order to act so proud of yourself?Dan Lambden
#PopLeveson So, Mr Dury, not only was it not a surprise that the defendant assaulted you with his rhythm stick, you actually solicited it.Roderick Millar
RT @politicalhackuk: And did you honestly believe that rock and roll was an adequate foundation for a city of this size? #poplevesonJusta Notha
"I put it to the accused that she knew EXACTLY what the plaintiff would look like with a chimney on her." #poplevesonSandy Nelson
RT @katebevan: You say these boots are made for walking, Ms Sinatra, but I put it to you that 7in heels are in fact more suitable for sitting #poplevesonAlex Snowdon
RT @iucounu: "Mr Dylan, you claim the answer was ‘blowing in the wind’. I put it to you that it was illegally intercepted." #poplevesonRaytrace
@bloodandmud I would suggest to you Mr Townsend that your eyesight is not that good, & you are unable to see any great distance #popLevesonandy jolley
RT @NandySelson: "Mr.Jackson, the paternity tests clearly state that Billie Jean WAS your lover…" #poplevesonEileen Weinert
#popleveson In the course of Making Plans For Nigel, did you at any time enquire of Nigel as to what his wishes might be?Grumblywuth
"Mr. Andre, I suggest that you and your co-accused did in fact mean to make Mrs. Jackson’s daughter cry…" #poplevesonSandy Nelson
RT @Guy024: I put it to you that just because all your friends have Porsches, the lord does not have to buy you a Mercedes Benz, Ms Joplin. #poplevesonKathlyn Clore
"You continue to blame it on the boogie, Mr Jackson. But evidence suggests that sunshine, moonlight & good times played a part" #poplevesonJoe Pickering
RT @RupertMurdochPR: "Mr Scott, you have freely confessed to doing many dirty deeds and performing those deeds at knock down rates." #PopLevesonJo
"You weren’t hanging on the telephone were you Miss Harry? You were hacking it" – @campbellclaret http://tmblr.co/Zl-AJvLJFrcEpopleveson
Mr Lynott Where had the "boys" been before their recent return to town? #poplevesonCliff Spurr
RT @MurphyKi: And after some time seeking him here and seeking him there, you really could not find such a conspicuous person? #poplevesonAoife O’C
RT @garethhigginsbe: Do you seriously expect us to believe that you were responsible for both the killing of the Tsar AND the Kennedys, Mr Devil? #poplevesonXico Pérez
RT @bmagnanti: Sir A-Lot, your witness statement says that you enjoy a large posterior and are incapable of falsehood, is this correct? #poplevesonJesse Patching
Yes Mr Monkee, you are indeed very devout, but can we be sure you actually saw her face? #PopLevesonJohn Boon
RT @claire_coady: Surely you accept, Ms Spears, that ‘Oops’ is an insufficient explanation for why, indeed, you did it again? #poplevesonÁine McGrath
And, I need you to be clear on this point, did you pass the dutchie on the right, or the left hand side? #popLevesonGary Brooks
Ms Ciconne, we are well aware that appearances can be deceptive. Certainly the order of touching is irrelevant. #poplevesonJohn J Marachuk
Mr Murdoch, can you confirm that there was, in fact, whiskey in the jar? #poplevesonJayne Bradley
RT @MirrorJames: What we are trying to establish here, Mr Cocker , is exactly who sorted you for Es and whizz #popLevesonThe3rdMilibandBro
RT @jackthejudge: And what exactly, Miss Lucille, made you decide it was a fine time to leave? #poplevesonÁine McGrath
RT @jpsotis: I hope, Mr. Plant, that you do not expect this court to believe that the terminus of said Stairway is where you state it is. #poplevesonAoife O’C
So, Master Bieber, you were like baby, baby, oh and subsequently baby, baby, baby, no. Who, are we to belieb, is this ‘baby’? #poplevesonAlan
I suggest all Wurzels were aware of the disputed ownership of the Combine harvester & you had no intention of handing over a key #poplevesonandy jolley
RT @jeremyduns: ‘But you do now accept that there is also a way down, don’t you, Ms Yazz?’ #poplevesonWillie Mackenzie
RT @DaEtt: Please clarify, did you or did you not get full planning permission to pave paradise and put up a parking lot? #poplevesonÁine McGrath
Mr Z, can you confirm that you sympathised with Mr Hunt, despite having 99 problems of your own? #poplevesonPaul Cooksey
I would appreciate it Madame if you could take us back to the time when you were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar #popLevesonGary Brooks
RT @themightyshrub: Would you care to elaborate on exactly what it was that you and Julio were doing down by the schoolyard, Mr Simon? #poplevesonLoz
"Your submission states quite clearly what you’re *not* going to do. However, I would like examine what you will do, Mr Astley" #poplevesonOliver Payne
RT @MurphyKi: Well, let me say this you have wrecked the mike and you have psyched, but changing your names has not fooled us Mr "Ant & Dec" #poplevesonOswald J Gutenberg
#popLeveson Miss Piper, you have shown nothing but subordination. We can’t all just keep doing what we want to do. Laws must be followed.Dan Lambden
RT @politicalhackuk: You may be loving angels instead, Mr Williams, but your behaviour with the cathedral statues is unacceptable. #poplevesonCristinaGuglielmetti
Mr Bell, sometimes you should concern yourself with truth rather than pain inside. Stop trying to lead this enquiry by the hand #poplevesonIain
Are you certain, Mr Prince, beyond all doubt, that this particular Raspberry Beret could not be purchased in Harrods? #poplevesonGareth Higgins
RT @MrNorthice: "It is for this court to decide on the nature of its preparedness for any of your gelatinous desserts, Ms Knowles." #popLevesonEdele Feenan
"Mr Cave, you suggest that it was ‘a rose’ that you planted between her teeth. Would you now like to amend that statement?" #poplevesonDon MacInnes
brilliant. “@josharpen: Mr Morrissey, you may think it was really nothing but William is still pressing charges. #popleveson”alica thomas

HT @mab397



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