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The softblocking meme blends literary references with cancel culture

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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’s reluctant smile at the Met Gala is a mood

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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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Mike Gravel’s campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors

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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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This fake Mueller report is the ultimate troll

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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. 

Oh man https://t.co/L0UjrhRfC1

— Adam Rawnsley (@arawnsley) March 22, 2019

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Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme about women and it backfired spectacularly

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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.”

Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprisedpic.twitter.com/kLoJzMmY10

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2019 Read more…

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No, Netflix isn’t making fake teen accounts to spread ‘Bird Box’ memes

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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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Party Rock Anthem has the same BPM as a lot of songs, and it’s a glorious meme now

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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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People are falling for a fake Mueller indictment citing the ‘international meme community’

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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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The Walmart yodel boy actually performed at Coachella, and we can’t believe it either

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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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Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ is now a meme, soundtracking your minor, but good deeds

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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.

Me: *Holds door open*

Friend: Thanks—

*God’s plan starts playing* pic.twitter.com/VwPtBqoZdJ

— 🤞🏼🤞🏼🏁👁‍🗨 (@notklyde) February 26, 2018 Read more…

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This pic of the White House decked out for Christmas looks like hell on Earth

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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.

The holidays are upon us!! Right now: flotus is seeing to every last detail here at the @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/TglHYDVUx1

— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) November 27, 2017

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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Yes, there's now an app with the sole purpose of showing you dank memes

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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' CIA dump contained WAY more bad memes than you would think

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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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