I believe there are few people who haven’t seen the “Disaster Girl” in one of a million memes circling around the internet. The adorable girl is now 21 (yes, we’re old) and she found a way to make money from the viral photo of her. She sold it as an NFT and earned almost half a million dollars.
I’m sure you’ve seen El Risitas in one of many iterations of his 2007 interview, filled with his recognizable laughter. This video turned into a meme in 2015, and a bunch of “subtitled” videos popped up on YouTube. Well, here’s finally one for photographers and other artists. In this one, El Risitas is subtitled as Picasso telling a story about the Rule of Thirds and why it sucks.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen Senator Bernie Sanders and his famous mittens in a gazillion memes over the past week. The photographer behind the original photo is Brendan Smialowski, and he has spoken up about this whole meme-craze. In an interview with The Rolling Stone, he revealed some details about the original image and other photos he took that day. He also admitted that he’d prefer if he’d never have taken a meme.
The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, invited the citizens last week to report anyone who breaks social distancing. He encouraged people to snap a photo and text it to a hotline open specifically for this purpose. However, people reportedly sent in so many memes and obscene photos, that NYC was forced to temporarily disable the hotline.
When Dolly Parton posted a photo of herself on her 74th birthday, I doubt that she had in mind what she would start. She posted four photos that jokingly emphasize the differences between people’s photos on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder. Soon enough, her post started a viral thread among celebrities. Everyone is sharing their photos in the same meme format, and it’s absolutely hilarious!
The USA President Donald Trump has recently tweeted a photo of himself awarding a Medal of Honor to a military dog. As if it’s not unusual enough to award this medal to an animal, the image is very obviously photoshopped. After someone found the original photo from 2017, Trump received a massive meme roast under his tweet, and some of these are utterly hilarious.
The “curated” content Instagram feeds. We all know them, we’ve all seen them, maybe we even follow one or two. Such accounts don’t actually create anything of their own, instead relying on other people to create imagery which they can then
steal and repost share to their own feeds in order to try to build up some kind of audience.
Ok, to be fair, the reputable ones do ask permission first. But some of these accounts are dedicated to just posting memes. So, Instagram had what’s being called the “meme purge” recently and deleted a bunch of them. Accounts followed by millions of people. Now, the creators of those accounts are moaning about losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars of income.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you must have seen the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme in some of its many forms. Its popularity means that plenty of companies have been using it – or variations on it – for cheeky social media ads. But after one of these meme-based ads appeared in Sweden, it was severely bashed online and was eventually determined sexist by Swedish advertising ombudsman.
There’s hardly anyone who hasn’t seen the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme in some of its variants. Photographer Antonio Guillem captured the same model many times, and Ernie Smith has recently started a Twitter thread showing that she is always wearing the same facial expression. The fact that the girl is “easily shocked when looking at screens” has become the topic of the thread, and it has quickly gone viral.
I’m sure there aren’t many of you who haven’t stumbled upon the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme somewhere on the Internet. It caught fire last year and ended up having thousands of hilarious variations. And although we connect it with the present time, it seems like Charlie Chaplin invented it way back in 1922.