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Looking Back at 2019 Through Memes


Memes are one of the purest forms of entertainment on the internet. They comment on current state of affairs by being sharp, witty, layered, ironic, and most importantly of all by being incredibly funny. 2019 was a year full of memes. So here is a breakdown of the funniest memes of 2019.

From boredpanda.com

1. Baby Yoda

In 2019, Disney released their new streaming service Disney+ along with the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Fans were quick to memify the tiny and wide-eyed The Child, or as the internet aptly named him, Baby Yoda. There ensued an onslaught of memes referencing childhood memories of Christmas, a four course meal cooked by a loving husband, and a customer ordering chicken tenders.

2. Marie Kondo

The popular organising consultant, Marie Kondo shot to fame through her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo where she helps clean and organise messy homes in an age of constant consumption. The Netflix series shows Marie Kondo utilising her iconic KonMari method of keeping items in the house which sparks you joy while discarding the ones that don’t. Many of the memes remind viewers to discard people, situations, and even responsibilities if they do not spark joy.

From Risotto Films YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DuoZVe-tMk)

3. Someone Like You Adele Meme

The Someone Like You meme was actually created in late 2018 by a TikTok user who overlaid the song with a video of a single gummy bear singing as Adele and then panned to a sea of gummy bears singing as the choir which joined in after Adele’s solo. So, in early 2019, the internet latched onto the dramatic re-enactment and the meme above was created.

From @world_record_egg Instagram account

4. World Record Egg (@world_record_egg)

The world united in an attempt to de-throne billionaire influencer Kylie Jenner by liking a picture of an egg on Instagram. The egg broke Kylie Jenner’s (18 million) record of the most liked Instagram post. Shortly after the posts success the account was actually revealed to be linked to a mental health campaign about social media use. The Instagram account now features cute and positive messages as well as the day-to-day “highs and lows of an anxious egg.”

From mashable.com

5. I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This But…

The I don’t know who needs to hear this but…meme spread all throughout Twitter with users sharing blunt and useful tips (as if they were addressed to a friend or family member) that people should know about. So, if you ever want free and probably unsolicited advice, take a field trip with this meme.

From cheezburger.com

6. Me And The Boys

The Me And The Boys still is from the 1967 Spider-man episode which shows Spiderman’s enemies leering and eyeing the viewer. In 2019 the meme became popular when males around the world shared the hilarious things they do with their friends.

From boredpanda.com

7. Joker

2019 saw another successful Joker movie hit cinema screens. The movie went on to receive 12 Oscar nominations as well as four Golden Globe nominations with lead actor Joaquin Phoenix winning a Golden Globe for Actor in a Drama Motion Picture. Many of the Joker memes compare the various movie versions to each other, such as the one above.

8. This shot is brilliant and should be shown in any film class

Game of Thrones fan Jonathan Hill tweeted the picture above of Daenerys in front of Drogon’s wings to make it seem as if Drogon’s wings were hers. However many people mocked this flattering Tweet and used the same tagline with horrible CGI, badly shot, or face-value stills of movies. Some of those movies include Despicable Me, Sonic the Hedgehog, Scooby Doo, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

From @stfutony, knowyourmeme.com

9. Me Explaining To My Mum

The meme shows a standing woman on one side (Quenlin Blackwell @quenblackwell) explaining something to another woman (Ms. Juicy) seen sitting on a couch with a blanket over her and looking astonished. Soon internet users from all platforms flocked to provide captions for the panel and the one above was born.

From screenrant.com

10. Cats Movie Trailer

The 2019 film version of Cats proved to many fans why the beloved musical should have stayed a musical. The drop of the Cats trailer in July horrified viewers and became a major target of the internet. Most of the terrified reactions came from the scary human-cat CGI hybrid. If you don’t want to watch the trailer, or the film for that matter, the above meme explains it best.

11. Ok Boomer

Ok Boomer is a response created by millenials and Gen Z to dismiss the older generation who criticise or demean the younger generations. The Ok Boomer meme became popular in New Zealand when politician Chloe Swarbick used the phrase in a parliament session about the Zero Carbon Bill.

From catiebradshaw Imgur

12. Kombucha Girl

The Kombucha Girl meme is a hilarious TikTok of @brittanyt445 trying Kombucha for the first time. She is visibly perplexed and goes through a range of emotions, not sure if she likes Kombucha or not.

From dogonews.com

13. Bottle cap Challenge

The Bottle cap challenge requires people to roundhouse kick an opened bottle cap off of a bottle. The meme started when Max Holloway (a UFC champion) and Errolson Hugh (a designer) challenged singer John Mayer to take apart of the challenge. He gladly took it on and passed it onto Jason Statham.

14. Area 51

2019 would not be complete without the incredibly popular Area 51 meme. The meme came about when 21-year old student Matty Roberts created a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All.” The extremely covert Area 51 facility has long had conspiracy theories surrounding aliens and alien spacecrafts.

From nypost.com

15. Fixing Things With Ramen

Fixing Things With Ramen became popular after a Chinese man used ramen noodles and glue to fix the surfaces of sinks, bowls, tables, and even toilets. Many people took on the challenge to see if it was legitimate while others questioned his tactics and whether it was real.

We hope you enjoyed this trip down the 'meme-ory' lane of 2019! What was your favourite meme of 2019? Share it on my Facebook page!

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