10 memes that gave us life in 2017

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These memes are perfect, they’re beautiful, they look like Linda Evangelista.

“This is the future that liberals want”

A right-leaning Twitter user (to put it mildly, his account is currently suspended) posted a photo of a drag queen sitting next to a woman wearing a burka on public transport, with the caption; “this is the future that liberals want.” Because apparently, tolerance and equality are terrible things to want in our future societies. Liberals responded in kind, satirically repurposing the caption with images of what their ideal world might look like.


Sly Duck

Is this duck giving us glad-eye or side-eye? It’s impossible to tell whether this emotive canard is flirting, preparing to spill the tea, or getting away with a crime — but whichever conclusion you decide, it us.


“I love this woman and her curvy body”

One of the most derided Instagram posts of the year involved an oblivious man seemingly defending his love for his “curvy” wife, in a verbose, essay-length caption. Some corners of the internet applauded him, but others were incredulous that this man was essentially being congratulated and praised just for being in love with his wife. This led Twitter to generate its own increasingly ludicrous interpretations of the body positivity message.

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|| I love this woman and her curvy body. As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as "chubby" or even "fat." Then, as I became a man and started to educate myself on issues such as feminism and how the media marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean) I realized how many men have bought into that lie. For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc. Her shape and size won't be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it's the one featured in my life and in my heart. There's nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room. Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She's real. She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don't ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated. There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah. || photo cred: @kaileehjudd

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Babadook and Pennywise are gay

When a flaw in Netflix’s algorithm lumped horror flick The Babadook into its LGBTQ film section in 2016, an accidental queer icon was born. We were baba-shook by how quickly and warmly the gay community took this monster under its wing, sparking a new trend for reinterpreting horror villains as misunderstood gay folk legends — including the evil clown Pennywise, who has been dating the Babadook for several months now.


“You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista”

Like most reality shows, RuPaul’s Drag Race is responsible for a number of meme-worthy moments. The latest came in Season 9 of aftershow Untucked, in which Aja laid into the judges’ favourite, Valentina, for seemingly sailing through the competition. The rant was swiftly adopted by the internet and even got turned into a dance remix which was featured on the show’s reunion episode.


The “distracted boyfriend” stock photo

On first glance, it’s a despicable image; a man allowing his head to be quite literally turned by an attractive woman, while his girlfriend is standing right there. The distracted boyfriend was applied to every situation imaginable, and became a microcosm of the way we’re tempted away from what’s good for us, and the bad decisions we make in life. (Fans of the meme went even further, doing a deep dive investigation into the strange world of stock photography in order to construct a series of different narratives which might explain why this man is so acting like such a cur.)


Meryl Streep sing-along

When an image of Meryl Streep cupping her hands around her mouth at a 2015 awards show resurfaced this year, a meme was born, in which the Oscar-winning actress is an audience member singing back the lyrics to well-known songs. Who wouldn’t love having Meryl at their concert?


“First of all”

Regardless of context of conversation, “first of all” lets people know that you are here to set the record straight and anyone who interferes will be obliterated by your truth bombs.


White guy blinking

Privilege personified, this guy is shocked the moment things don’t go his way — and he’s now the official mascot of anyone who feels personally affronted when events conspire against them (even if it’s usually a problem of their own creation).


Gemma Collins

The expressive TOWIE and CBB star has been used as a reaction meme in the past, but 2017 was the year that news of the GC hit the United States, and her internet fame went stratospheric (helped by a certain tumble down a hole in the stage at Radio 1’s Teen Awards). And then she mispronounced “memes” in an interview, starting off the Gemma Collins meme cycle anew, like a snake eating its tail.



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