When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 80 years old, she became an internet icon.
A law student started a Tumblr in her honor in 2013, dubbing her “The Notorious R.B.G.” and in the years that followed, she became a meme that lined Etsy sellers’ pockets. As much as her photo was flung around social media, her crowned head was emblazoned on T-shirts, her signature lace collar was reimagined as baby bibs, and she became “our lady of dissent” on votive candles you could buy for $15. Her internet domination both fueled and was fueled by her caricaturing on Saturday Night Live as a spunky old lady who could lift weights and kick ass. She particularly liked a popular T-shirt that read, Read more…
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Over a decade after embarking on her iconic quest to buy some shoes, Kelly is back to getting what she wants — and what she wants is for everyone to wear a mask.
Comedian Liam Kyle Sullivan donned Kelly’s blonde wig once more for a 2020 follow up to “Shoes,” complete with a video call to her parents and some very ’00s fashion. Updating the lyrics to the popular meme, Kelly struts down empty streets while helpfully demonstrating face masks that “rule” and “suck.” A mask full of holes made of gauzy material? Terrible. An opaque mask that covers your mouth and nose? Now you’re talking.
“If I hear another thing about a mask I’m going to lose it,” snaps Kelly’s mom, played once again by Pam Cook. Read more…
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A whole new slew of horrors comes with each month of 2020, and those horrors inspire some hilariously sad memes.
There’s been depressing and relatable memes about Zoom fatigue and losing all concept of time, and now, thanks to Reese Witherspoon, a new 2020 mood meme is making the rounds on Twitter.
The meme, which I refer to as a “2020 Mood of the Month Forecast,” shows a grid of nine photos. Each photo is labeled with a month of the year, and in the photos get increasingly more dramatic as time passes.
The January photo is all well and good. The February photo shows a spark of concern. And from March to September, everything visibly goes downhill. (It’s unclear why the meme ends after September, but we’re hoping it’s not a sign that the world will be ending before October.) Read more…
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Of all the many things to be concerned about right now, the mental acuity of Donald Trump is certainly one of them. It’s also one of the things he’s currently talking about incessantly, presumably to avoid discussing the coronavirus pandemic that’s claimed more than 145,000 lives in the U.S. and counting.
Trump’s rambling, non-linear speaking style makes George W. “Is Our Children Learning?” Bush look like the greatest orator of the modern era in comparison. The contrast between his more natural, coherent speech just a few years ago and his tendency to slur words, as well as his habit of sharing thought bubbles like “Could we inject bleach into the body to kill the coronavirus?” right in front of TV cameras and journalists, have long had people speculating that the 74-year-old is experiencing some cognitive decline. Read more…
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A sexy pair of legs in thigh-high leather boots has gone viral on Twitter, though not only because they are incredibly sexy. Users are exploiting the way Twitter displays uploaded images to match the enviable pins with unlikely pop culture icons, creating a confusingly attractive meme.
The glorious gams belong to Lisa from K-pop group Blackpink, who wore the black boots and booty shorts in a solo dance performance to QUIN and 6LACK’s “Mushroom Black.” Twitter’s K-pop fans began adorning their favorite singers with Lisa’s statuesque limbs shortly after the video’s April 20 premiere.
The trend has since spread to include all manner of pop-culture figures, remixing famous scenes to add some strong seductive energy. It turns out there isn’t much Lisa’s legs can’t improve. Read more…
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Do not challenge the death. Stay at home.
A viral video from Malaysia is using the Ghanaian pallbearer meme to deliver an important coronavirus public health announcement — as well as a hilarious horror film.
Created by ad agency 75insanity, “How To Summon The Death” follows an unfortunate man (played by in-house actor HauYen Tan) who is relentlessly dogged by the ominous EDM strains of Tony Igy’s “Astronomia.” The song is a reference to the popular video meme of Ghanaian pallbearers dancing while carrying a casket, which is frequently used to imply imminent death.
Though the funky funeral footage originally came from 2017 and stories, the lively pallbearers only rose to meme status this year. It’s a very on-brand meme considering the year 2020 has been. Read more…
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The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to hole up at home for weeks now, and cabin fever is sweeping the globe. Millions are climbing the walls, wistfully reminiscing about last year and wishing they were anywhere but where they are.
Being confined to your home for weeks on end tends to do a number on your mental health. However, a new Twitter meme reminds us that, for those whose homes are otherwise safe and comfortable, it could be much, much worse.
Twitter users have been compiling lists of (usually terrible) housemates, and asking each other to choose which group they would socially distance with if forced. It’s like 2019’s cafeteria meme, only instead of sitting with them for an hour you’re stuck with them for the foreseeable future. Read more…
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The internet is, generally speaking, a terrible place. Yet every so often it will spit out a delightful new meme to remind us that sometimes, when the stars align and the moonlight hits just right, being online can actually be lovely.
In the latest trend to justify the internet’s existence, Twitter users are pairing animal emojis with emojis for various objects, depict adorable scenes of interspecies harmony.
The meme seems to have kicked off when Twitter user @psthursm posted a five-piece animal emoji band. Setting aside the logistics of how a snail would play a violin, the adorable musicians struck a chord with thousands on the website. Read more…
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Oof. Yikes. A new copypasta has everyone softblocking problematic villains from well known stories, all in the name of the meme.
Urban Dictionary defines softblocking as “A phrase often used by Twitter users to describe the blocking of another person, then immediate unblock.”
Essentially, it forces the blocked party to unknowingly unfollow the user so they stop interacting with the user’s tweets.
It’s a passive-aggressive — but drama-skirting — way to get someone out of your social sphere. When Twitter users find out that someone has been problematic — whether it’s a terrible take they had on a marginalized group or allegations of sexual harassment — they’ll softblock the person to gently remove them from their online social lives. Read more…
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Kanye West, we love to see you smile.
The rapper made an appearance at the Met Gala on Monday, where all eyes were on the pink carpet, thanks to the outfits worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Billy Porter, which understandably, consumed most of the chatter around the event.
Despite the attention mostly being elsewhere, Kanye was spotted by cameras smiling off to the side, although he doesn’t look too impressed while doing it. Of course, it’s since become a meme.
Now, Kanye’s somewhat reluctant smile can be used to mean all sorts of things, like when you’re forced to smile for random relatives, or running into people that you’d rather not. Read more…
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In the age of surrealist memes and viral content, why aren’t more politicians seeking out shitposting tutors?
Mike Gravel joined Twitter on Mar. 30, and has been spicing up the 2020 race ever since. The former Alaskan senator officially added his name to the ever-growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates in a video Monday, calling for a “Gravelanche” to push centrist politicians further left. He doesn’t plan on actually winning; his goal is to simply make it to the debates so he can challenge contenders on their neoliberal policies in favor of more leftist ones.
“My message, centered around an anti-imperialist foreign policy and fundamental political reform, is one that no other Democratic candidate is making the centerpiece of their campaign,” Gravel said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “After the first two debates, I will drop out and endorse the most progressive candidate.” Read more…
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We got got.
Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to the Attorney General on Friday afternoon. The investigation looks into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but despite calls for transparency from politicians, Americans, and emboldened mothers on social media, the report hasn’t been released to the public yet.
Another report has been making the rounds, even if it’s not the one Mueller delivered to William Barr.
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Donald Trump Jr. might want to hold off sharing Twitter memes for a bit while he recovers from the internet dragging him.
Following the State of the Union, the president’s son decided to tweet a meme about the Democratic women of Congress on Wednesday, who wore suffragette white to the address to make a powerful visual statement.
Trump Jr. tweeted the meme — a photo of the women with the words “NOT ONE AMERICAN FLAG AMONG THEM” across it — to his 3.3 million followers on Wednesday, adding, “Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprised.”
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Even in a year that gave us peak Q Anon, this may be the most 2018 conspiracy theory ever. There are people online who believe Netflix used bot accounts to spread viral memes about its record hit movie Bird Box.
The over-the-top apocalyptic thriller, which features a family making the perilous journey down a river in hopes of finding a community safe from invisible monsters that have taken over the world, is ripe with meme potential. The monsters inexplicably make victims commit suicide, which plays perfectly into the younger generation’s grimdark sense of humor.
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Please take a moment to appreciate one of the internet’s greatest gifts: the Party Rock Anthem music video set to other songs.
LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem captures the spirit of 2011, from the thick rimmed glasses, to the skinny jeans, to the inexplicable trend of wearing vests over T-shirts. Although the song is now rarely played at public events other than sweet sixteens and unfortunate weddings, it’s still a beloved piece of pop culture. It’s so thoroughly enjoyed, it went diamond earlier this year, snagging 10 million units through song sales and streams.
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Guys, not everything on the internet is true.
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the helm, the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. In a 29 page document, Mueller’s team detailed how Russia’s GRU operatives used spear-phishing attacks through malware to infiltrate the Clinton campaign and gain access to internal communications.
The document did not mention anything about shitposting or memes. Read more…
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Hold up, everyone. The Walmart yodel boy actually performed at Coachella.
Eric Curtin, purveyor of comedy Twitter account @dubstep4dads, tweeted a video of the performance on Friday. He said that after “yodel kid” followed him on Twitter, he reached out to get him to perform as Whethan’s guest on the first day of the festival.
“I love u mason and i love the internet,” he tweeted.
after the yodel kid followed me i dmed him to try and get him to come out as whethans guest at coachella. and it happened. ur welcome everyone. i love u mason and i love the internet pic.twitter.com/VSjLjS9mU4
— eric turtle (@dubstep4dads) April 13, 2018 Read more…
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OK, so it’s very likely you won’t be able to give away close to a million dollars as Drake does in his video for “God’s Plan.”
Not that it should stop you from trying to replicate the feeling he gets, kinda.
People on Twitter are parodying Drake’s charitable efforts in his music video with their own good, albeit very minor good deeds.
Then “God’s Plan” starts playing, of course, in the background.
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Goodbye, Thanksgiving. Hello, Christmas.
The official war for Christmas has begun in the Trump White House as the administration unveiled a sneak peek at its decorations for the holiday season.
We’re living in dark times, folks.
On Sunday, Stephanie Grisham, the White House director of communications for First Lady Melania Trump, tweeted this nightmarish scene from inside the White House, as she was putting finishing touches on the decorations. Bunches of dead trees illuminated only from the bottom cast a horrifying shadow on the hallway’s ceiling, leading to a lonely Christmas tree at the end. Read more…
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If you enjoy wasting time on the internet, you’re probably going to love Memeois, the new iOS app made solely to deliver you the hottest new memes.
The app was made by 17-year-old Anushk Mittal and is free for download on iOS. Just be warned that the only way to enter the app is by signing in through a Facebook account. We don’t see any reason to be alarmed up front, but it’s something you might want to consider before joining.
The app apparently uses machine learning to crawl your Facebook activity to determine what memes it thinks you want to see. It also surfaces different trends based on your activity within the app. Read more…
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Wikileaks dumped a huge cache of CIA documents and files this morning in the first of a series of Vault 7 leaks, and in doing so, showed the world the agency’s horrible taste in memes.
The whole leak, codenamed “Year Zero,” can be viewed via torrent download. When you check out all the files on your PC, you’ll find more than just zipped documents and PDFs. There’s a whole array of .gifs and .jpgs too — and most of them are memes. Old, lame memes, for the most part.
Here’s a quick look at some of the memes that came along with the dump. You’ll see they include everything from Boromir’s “One does not simply…” warning to a pipe-smoking baby. Read more…
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