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A look at the most notable memes of 2022

Memes, for better or worse, were there for all the ups and downs of 2022. Sometimes they made us cringe. Other times, they helped us cope with the chaotic year of the news. But mostly they entertained “very online” people.

It was a year where TikTok once again proved its power in terms of the birthplace of some of the most prolific memes, said Don Caldwell, editor of the Know Your Meme database.

“In the early days of TikTok, the memes there were kind of about trends and dance trends…stuff that didn’t necessarily align with the memes you’d find on other platforms,” ​​Caldwell said. “This year was different.”

How? Memes on the platform “have gotten much weirder,” he said, citing Quandale Dingle – a meme about a fictional football player – as an example (you can read more about his weirdness in the base of Know Your Meme data).

But TikTok wasn’t the only platform where memes — weird, random, or just plain funny — exploded. You can also find them on Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s NBC News’ roundup of the 10 most notable memes of 2022.

ten. ‘dark brandon

The meme, which started on Twitter in early 2022, depicts President Joe Biden as a laser-eyed overlord. Or, as Know Your Meme describes it, a “more forward-thinking version” of the president.

He was inspired by the far-right rallying call “Let’s Go Brandon,” a thinly veiled dig at the president. It was first used, mostly by conservatives, in a “very ironic” way, according to Know Your Meme, “memes mostly joking about Biden’s perceived senility.”

However, that evolved into an “appreciation of Joe Biden and the accomplishments of his administration,” Know Your Meme said.

By August, it had become widely shared by Democrats, including Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut. White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty even tweeted the same this month.

9. ‘She is/he ​​is a 10 but …’

It was the year people were given their true rankings, and the “she’s a 10 but…” meme was the internet’s way of determining if someone was datable.

The trend originated on TikTok in May and gained traction on Twitter after several tweets went viral on June 18, according to Know Your Meme.

It rates imaginary lovers on a scale of 1 to 10 based on their attractiveness before exhibiting negative or positive traits that could affect their scores.

8. ‘Honk shoo cute’

A man in a nightgown and a pointed cap. The Sleepytime Tea Bear. Getting some sleep was on many people’s minds in 2022, as the meme derived from the sound of people snoring in old cartoons suggests.

The “honk shoo” and “honk mimimi” meme started popping up in tweets in late 2021, but it took off in 2022, with variations like being a “honk shoo” or a “honk mimimi” girl or putting “honk shoo mimimi” on your to-do list.

7.’A Negroni sbagliato … with prosecco inside’

A viral video, posted to social media by HBO in late September, features “The House of the Dragon” actress Emma D’Arcy sharing her favorite cocktail in an interview with her co-star Olivia Cooke.

D’Arcy’s pronunciation of their favorite cocktail has people online swooning.

No other drink has ever made the internet so thirsty, perhaps to the detriment of bartenders everywhere.

6. “Euphoria” meme: “You better be kidding”

Every year we get a few actionable, or easily editable, memes that can be used in any responsive context.

This one from HBO’s “Euphoria,” in which Maddie (Alexa Demie) criticizes Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) over her outfit, was the perfect retort to the internet’s most ridiculous questions and scenarios.

The show, which first aired in June 2019, was a hit for HBO. Memes only made it more popular, some pundits and viewers said this year.

5. ‘Girl explaining’

The “girl explaining” meme actually started going viral in 2019 in Spanish-speaking circles, according to Know Your Meme. The girl in the image is Denise “Denu” Sanchez, who told Know Your Meme the photo is of her and her then-boyfriend at a club in Argentina. They have since broken up.

The image looks like Sanchez is shouting over loud club music to say something to her then-boyfriend, which is why people who used the meme format typed in all caps.

Whether it be explaining what the Inflation Reduction Act is or why the Brooklyn Library is “good free“, the most screaming memes of 2022 were conveyed by the “explaining girl”.

4. “Homelander is applauded”

At the end of the third season of Amazon’s “The Boys,” the secretly villainous superhero Homelander breaks character and fires his laser eyes at a protester, killing him in front of a large crowd. Homelander is shocked, but the crowd cheers and his horrified look turns to a victorious smile and laugh.

Homelander’s reaction was cut out of context and made into a major meme reaction, usually to show that someone expecting a lot of backlash got a surprisingly positive or neutral reaction.

The moment, as much of Homelander’s character seems to be, is a nod to Donald Trump’s famous 2016 campaign line that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody.” ‘one” and “lose no voters”. It’s a fitting tribute to the spirit of the times, which has been translated into humor through memes like Homelander.

3. ‘Morbius’/’It’s time for Morbin’

In 2022, society learned that it was not, in fact, Morbin’s time.

“Morbius,” a critical film starring Jared Leto, was released in April. Although it wasn’t a box office success, the film’s memes – along with the sentiment “It’s Morbin’s time” – went so viral that Sony Pictures re-released it in a limited number of theaters. in June. But he still bombed.

Leto himself leaned into the meme. In June he post a video of himself reading what appeared to be a fake script titled “Morbius 2: It’s Morbin’ Time”.

But with the post came the unofficial death of the meme. This time, perhaps, with no chance of vampiric resurrection.

2. “It’s corn!”

Chances are you’ve heard at least one person in your life say “That’s corn!” That’s because the corn kid, a 7-year-old boy named Tariq, has become one of the most viral memes of the year. In an interview with YouTube channel Recess Therapy, Tariq was asked about the corn on the cob he was eating (or “big chunk with pimples,” as he described it). Tariq’s unbridled joy and youthful wonder describing what many consider a mundane object has captivated the internet.

“For me, I really like corn,” Tariq says in the original clip. He later adds, “When I tried it with butter, everything changed!”

In one of his most quoted lines, he said, “I mean, look at this thing. … I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing.

The interview was turned into a song by YouTube group Schmoyoho. The video has been viewed over 85 million times and the audio has been used in 1.4 million posts on TikTok.

Tariq has become a celebrity in his own right, even being named South Dakota’s Corn Ambassador, or “corn-bassador.”

1. “My money doesn’t move, it bends”

A common theme this year was that anything could be turned into a bop.

Ahead of “Corn Kid,” a short video of documentarian Louis Theroux talking to Amelia Dimoldenberg on the web series “Chicken Shop Date” went viral and received the song treatment.

The clip, which was uploaded to YouTube in February, was remixed by TikTokers @dukeandjones and turned into a song. The song focuses on part of the clip in which Dimoldenberg asks Theroux if he remembers a rap he wrote and performed on an episode of the BBC 2 show “Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends”.

“My Money Don’t Jiggle Jiggle, It Folds” has been viewed on the @dukeandjones TikTok account over 80 million times and used in over 6.5 million posts. As it exploded into a viral sensation, the song became a dance trend, it was used in animations, and it was even shared by Dimoldenberg herself.

Theroux also appeared in a video with @dukeandjones dancing to the tune.

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