Summer Memes Make Me Feel Fine: Nothing But Respect For MY President

I hope you had a fun 4th of July!

Or, barring that, a weird-feeling 4th of July where you simultaneously love your country and are proud of it, but also hate things your country has done and are ashamed of some of its darker chapters!

We’re swinging into full summer with a meme as all-American as bald eagles and apple pie – and it all started with a young lady passive-aggressively cleaning D.T.’s star on the Walk of Fame:

Am I mad at it? Of course not! Passive-aggressive cleaning is a time-honored mom tactic and it is a form of protest we should all be using: “Yeah, Makenna-spelled-not-like-the-surname? Well I cleaned up litter outside of the Civil Rights Museum! Next week I’ll be tidying the FDR Library. Take THAT!” We have made our political inclinations abundantly clear, but I don’t begrudge a gal her Magic Eraser. In fact, I’d love if cleaning-as-protest became A Thing. What can I say, I like it when things are tidy.

The thing is, treating a Walk of Fame Star with all the veneration of a tombstone is harmless yet very very silly. The internet loves silliness, and that’s when the real fun began. On this July 4th, a day when we celebrated the 19th anniversary of Malia Obama’s birth, our country was united as one:

It’s really the combination of VEEP reference and Seinfeld reference that makes this one shine for me.

Again, layers: Captain America is KIND OF like a president, and it’s not even a walk of fame star, it’s just his shield.

There are a lot of ways to show respect.

As we’ve said, the big thing about July 4 is it marks another 365 days that the earth has been graced with the divine presence of one Ms. Malia Ann Obama.

It’s not there yet, but we’ll clean it when it is.

Fun fact, having a star on the Walk of Fame doesn’t mean that you’re human.

When Memes Collide: Nothing But Respect For MY President meets Mocking Spongebob.

There were honestly more Shrek contributions than you would think but these sisters (?) were the cutest.

Excuse me but Britney Jean Spears has contributed more good to this nation than certain presidents ever will.

Queen Meryl, President Meryl, whatever.

Can’t mention Meryl without talking about the great Viola, too.

A little off topic, but yep, Makenna was actually raised exactly as terribly as you’d think. Okay, back to the memes!

 

My favorite, probably.

No, this. This is my favorite. Show some respect. That is Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello’s HOME.

 

Summer Memes Make Me Feel Fine: Republ-I-Can’t

It’s the first full day of fall, and you can almost smell the crisp leaves  tv theme songs. Summer may be over, but fear not – it gave us a few final memes in its waning days. Just consider these the last roses of summer, left blooming alone.

The 2016 Presidential race is already running at … well, if not a full sprint, at least a steady, brisk race-walk. The late-summer Republican debates have generated a few memes, which almost softens my annoyance that there are already debates happening. For an election over a year away.  Ahem.

All of your classic memes have arisen:

Bad Lip Reading

I’ll be honest, I find Bad Lip Reading actually pretty funny. So much so that I’ll be watching the debates on mute and filling in the dialogue myself until at least next spring.

Just kidding. I won’t be watching them at all until next spring. I hope.

Songify

As far as Songify goes, the bloom is off the rose for me. But where news happens, memes follow, and songify is always part of the pack.

Plus a few new additions:

#AskTrump

Okay, every controversial figure who has opened up to twitter questions has had it backfire. Even some people who DIDN’T ask for questions have found themselves hilariously inundated (Remember #AskRachel?)

Some questions focused on how Trump looks like a silly goose:

Others addressed his personal life:

Or his politics:

Still others asked the question we’ve all been pondering:

Carly Fiorina Jepson

In the past weeks Carly Fiorina has proven herself to be a real contender in the presidential race, even making a jovial appearance on Jimmy Fallon. But the surest sign she is in the public consciousness: she now is the subject of her own joke tumblr, carlyfiorinajepson.com, which combines photos of Fiorina with lyrics from Carly Rae Jepson songs.

Hot Guy Behind Jake Tapper

Debates, addresses to Congress, States of the Union… so many presidential (or pre-presidential) moments are so boring that your attention wanders to the people in the background. It’s why when I was doing a reading at church as a kid, my mom would always warn me not to fidget or whisper on the altar because after a certain point people stop looking at the priest. According to the internet,  the real winner of last week’s debate was #hotdebateguy, A.K.A. “the hot guy behind Jake Tapper,” debate moderator.

By the way, “hot debate guy” is 24-year-old Greg Caruso, with a chiseled jaw that could make a girl question her political affiliations.

Jeb Kush — Jeb Bush, Pothead

Jeb Bush, man of the people, has used recreational marijuana. In the 1970s, when I’m pretty sure the air was infused with it.

Anyway, that’s all the information the internet needs. They can take it from there:

Well, friends. Just 14 more months to go between now and the 2016 election. Probably dozens of debates, and scores of public appearances. As much as I dread it, I must ask: what memes may come?

Summer Memes Make Me Feel Fine: Louis TomlinSON

Last week, the One Direction fandom was hit another harsh blow in 2015, with a report that Louis Tomlinson and his ex (?) girlfriend (?) Briana Jungwirth are gearing up to be parents. That’s right, a 23-year-old boy bander might be reproducing with a 23-year-old American stylist who he didn’t really date for a long time.

Neither Louis or Briana nor the 1D camp has confirmed the reports, so who the hell knows what’s happening. What we DO know is that Briana, also 23, is from LA and one of the rumored flings Louis’ had since breaking up with his longtime girlfriend Eleanor Calder. We also know that Briana has no trace of a life on social media, which is probs the best strategy she can have whether or not the preggo rumor is true.

^^THAT POST IS FROM 2012. HE HASN’T CONFIRMED SHIT^^

Back in my hardcore fangirl days, we didn’t really have the Internet when some big scandal like this broke out. I mean the internet existed, but obviously not to the same degree of fervor it’s at now. When AJ went into rehab in 2001, I had TRL, Backstreet.net and my own tears. Now, 1D fans have Twitter and Tumblr and Instagram, etc. etc. to dish out their feelings.

And boy, did they dish out their feelings. In this installment of Summer Memes, we’re looking at the deep, somewhat frightening world of the 1D fandom, and for better or worse, their reactions to Louis possibly becoming a dad, mere months after Zayn left the group. Hold on to your knickers kids, it’s gonna be a wild one.

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt…

Does it ever drive you crazy just how fast the night changes?

i think they r dead

No chill zone

Zayn’s Fault

LARRY IS CANON

*Larry isn’t the name of another mystery member of the group. Larry is the ship name for Louis + Harry, since many Directioners believe Louis and Harry are secret boyfriends. It’s a thing that’s been going on since the early days of 1D, and when the pregnancy rumor came out, Larry Shippers went wild:

The truth is out there

Over it

Summer Memes Make Me Feel Fine: #AskRachel

Ah, Rachel Dolezal. There’s so much to say about you, but we won’t, because this isn’t a political blog. However, this a blog where we talk about pop culture, and (un)fortunately, Rachel Dolezal has seeped into that genre which we fall privy to. Of course, if you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past few weeks, you know Rachel Dolezal is the former president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP who has been disguising herself as black since 2007. Her *white* parents came forward earlier this month saying their daughter has been passing for black for years, and when asked by a local news station if she identifies as African-American, she said she didn’t understand the question and awkwardly walked away. Rachel later resigned from her post at the NAACP, but since the Internet is, well, the Internet, by that time thousands of memes had already been made with her likeness, and questioning whether she really IS in touch with black culture or not.

I’d like to note that this particular situation has an overwhelming absurdity to it, while concerning and controversial, the scandal leads itself to humor and parody on its own, which is why this meme post exists. The Internet has become a place where people have no chill (as we’ve proved previously with #TheDress controversy) and while sometimes it can be a scary place, the World Wide Web is also a place for folks to come together and talk about a single topic, even if it can be construed as politically correct. We’re just trying to bring humor to the subject, and we hope you can enjoy that humor too!

 

***Filipinos do this too***

still don’t know what that phrase means. thanks, drake.

 

my fave

META INTERNET MEME SPIRAL

#racheldolezal #rp

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NO. CHILL. ZONE.