Based on the reviews for his newest album, Jesus Is King, and the general lack of buzz around his Sunday Service project, that might be something we’re leaving in 2010s. The popularity of the infamously executed gorilla stemmed from the national coverage of a child that fell into the ape's pen at the Brownsville Zoo in Gladys, Texas. “I can’t do this anymore,” SunnyD tweeted in February. But none had nearly as much staying power as a still image of Arthur’s clenched fist. The internet is at its best when it turns something awful (pun intended) into a legend. Fun fact: Guy Fieri is so ubiquitous and embedded in the language of American social media that we basically got to the very end of making this list and realized he didn’t have his own entry, even though he’s referenced throughout. That was before the 2010s, the decade of the meme. As you read this list, you’re probably at various points looking at a meme, taking a drag on a cigarette, and saying, “Gangnam Style? In a review for the live stage show of Baby Shark, the New Yorker wrote, “It wasn’t Disney or Nickelodeon executives who plucked it from among the millions of other videos on YouTube. We have no idea what’s going on. Doge reentered the memesphere in ironic edits which applied the character to a variety of increasingly absurd situations. He started as a chill frog in a 2008 comic by artist Matt Furie. Bryce. Becoming a meme is a rich tapestry.) —J.R. Everyone wants to look perfect but girls are more ahead in perfectness and they are quite possessive about it. And there's a good possibility it will continue to stick around well into the next decade, if only because it's too tasteless to ever really address directly. Cringe as a concept started on Reddit, where r/cringepics and a YouTube-focused version posted awkward and embarrassing earnest photos and videos taken from social media. (Oh yeah, and then he hugged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at his restaurant and Marco Rubio doxed him for it. That versatility helped Doge end the 2010s as the vehicle for some of the most creative memes on the internet, years after it broke through as one of the internet’s most popular memes. —K.N. DiGiorno used a hashtag about domestic violence to make a pizza joke? The format shows several different concepts in increasing order of brainpower, culminating with something ridiculous. After any death, be it literal or, say, social death by self-ownage, social media users flooded chats and threads with the letter. A Vine of a British girl in her mum’s car (broom broom) was a perfect Vine: It makes no sense, it doesn’t follow any known comedy format, it’s vaguely cringe, and yet it’s so silly it’s guaranteed to make you laugh. They got their start with a Reddit post that July, a close-up photo someone took of a moth, which people soon began captioning and photoshopping until it took on a life of its own as a meme. For a while, it almost seemed to work; doctors said Karl was free of cancer in mid-2017, but the cancer came back in 2018 and Karl passed later that year. —K.N. Perhaps it was the realization of how grotesque the plot is (a bee and a human woman fall in love), perhaps it was that star Jerry Seinfeld was having a moment. Alex LaBeouf, who went by Alex Lee as a stage name, eventually dropped out of high school because he had missed so many days to fly to Los Angeles for appearances on talk shows. COME TO BRAZIL, MIGAAA. Aside from maybe a postmodern riff on the extreme overcommercialization of children’s entertainment (see Minions), I think there’s actually something really relatable about a big, fat ogre who doesn’t want to leave his swamp. (\__/) || After that, everyone was flipping bottles, and a “replica bottle” signed by Senatore himself fetched over $11,000 on eBay. Born too late to explore Earth, born too early to explore space." It was particularly inescapable in the latter half of the decade, when webcomic artists and memers stretched their own creative prowess to insert Loss into everything. First, there were people genuinely posting Minion memes. . From viral interviews to … People flocked to Amazon listings of binders to write funny reviews. @tedcruz my young daughters and sons follow you for good wholesome content can you please explain this??? In early 2013, a dance meme was born. He’s 9 years old now and has a million followers on Instagram. T. Kyle MacMahon's name was misstated in an earlier version of this post. Harambe is the forced meme of the decade, willed into existence by collective irony and nihilism. So it makes sense that most defining porn meme of the 2010s is cropped gay porn. The resurgence of sports card collecting . “As much as I hate to admit it because I certainly don’t want to make light of the subject matter itself, I found them quite amusing.”. Irony is the online currency. The sets and backup characters change constantly, Psy’s style of deadpan serious rapping while lying on an elevator floor with a man in a cowboy hate gyrating over him is funny. This was the decade the meme became far more than a fun piece of … Now it seems laughable that this was the biggest gaffe of the election, the most shocking thing a politician said. Many fans of Pepe were confused, as they had never even been exposed to bigoted variations of the beloved meme character. variations. Florida Man Charged With Assault With a Deadly Weapon After Throwing Alligator Through Wendy’s Drive-Thru Window, Florida Man Suspected of Using Private Plane to Draw Giant Radar Penis, the same day two llamas escaped in Arizona. Mitt Romney made a truly weird gaffe in a 2012 debate when he answered a question about pay equality — describing how, as governor, he asked to see more women candidates for Cabinet positions and was shown “binders full of women.” Twitter, in peak parody account mode, immediately latched onto this weird and vaguely sexist turn of phrase. —J.R. i screwed up. And yet somehow the catchy story of a multigenerational shark family (doo doo doo doo) meant for babies became inescapable. game played on social media. When she confirms, the audience goes berserk, and Bregoli gets upset. People made videos of Harambe’s banger of a funeral, paid homage in their yearbook photos, and even painted street art in his memory. —J.R. As our understanding of gender (and how it was not the same thing as sex) evolved over the decade, so did criticism and mockery of gender-reveal parties. Only time will tell whether or not Flavortown can survive the ages. The fandom morphed through every phase of an online community, including a small faction of fascist bronies, creating fan art of the colorful horses in Nazi uniforms. Becoming a meme these days is pretty easy: You do something or appear in a piece of media, people latch onto it because of some innate and relatable reason, and voilà, you’re viral. Why is there a toilet in the yard? He then became a consistent, but largely forgettable fixture of 4chan in the early part of the decade. The idea of a nameless grungy psychopath burning piles of dirty money, throwing a city into chaos to satisfy his twisted rage, was a perfect avatar for a generation of Occupy-adjacent millennials graduating into a global economic recession and harnessing technology to claw back control of their own lives. The reasons for this semi-flop movie becoming a meme aren’t totally clear. The Blinking White Guy continues to encapsulate the power of the GIF, providing the internet with something that emojis and emoticons just could not deliver: movement. The Joker obviously existed long before social media, but the character's glee-filled take on chaotic nihilism has, for better or worse, become inseparable from how we imagine a very specific kind of kind internet user: angry, insular, often violent, male. "Meme Review" What’s silliest about it is the idea that it has lyrics (it does not), and they’re simply dun dun dun dun dun dun DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN dun dun dun dun. Then, Donald Trump Jr. posted a photoshopped picture featuring Pepe on his Instagram, and the Hillary Clinton campaign published a blog post referring to Pepe as a "white supremacist meme" and "white nationalist symbol." “Buddy come hangout,” tweeted Corn Nuts. But the most effective examples of the meme, including the Instagram video (and then Vine) that started it all, are always about punching up — taking a small shot at someone more powerful, like a teacher, a celebrity, or even Jesus. The song is catchy, but it’s the visuals in the music video that propelled it to an international hit and the most-viewed YouTube video for years. Sadly for Dat Boi, he hasn’t had the same staying power as Pepe or Kermit. They occupy an uncanny valley of being wildly popular AND wildly reviled by anyone who considers themselves a person of taste. Because of the format of the show, where the women were literally asked to react directly to the camera, the Housewives were perfect for emotional reaction GIFs. Share Show Dropdown. The dress is, indeed, black and blue, even though over two thirds of the millions of BuzzFeed readers who voted said they thought it was white and gold. Coined by @pixelatedboat, a milkshake duck is some person or entity that enjoys a viral moment and then is swiftly exposed as problematic. An earlier version of this post misstated which Degrassi series he was on. In the Vine series “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal,” creator Ryan McHenry would feed real-life spoonfuls of cereal to an onscreen Gosling, who would “reject” the bite by turning away or appearing to slap away the spoon during intense movie moments. memes. And then there’s the gallows humor of laughing at a tragic event that only those too young to remember could exhibit. It’s from that ridiculous Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. The story behind the infamous comic is that Ctrl-Alt-Del creator Tim Buckley wanted to make his series more mature. your daughter is cheering him on in the stands. 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