When I find myself in times of trouble–which, as I am sure you already know, has not been a hard place to find oneself in over the past week, and will most likely continue being plentiful over the next few years–the one thing I can always find solace in is memes.
Well, almost. Not always. I, like many people on the internet, have recently come to the uncomfortable conclusion that laughing at someone on the internet might not be the best way to deal with them if you want them to go away. It has also become clear that certain parts of meme culture (like Harambe and Pepe the Frog) can so easily be transmuted from online to real life that they actually do have the power to make a difference, and not necessarily in a good way.
On a lighter note, however, I would like to discuss the subject of Pinterest memes. If you have ever gone on Pinterest and, for whatever reason, typed “memes” into the search bar, you’ll know that there are some…weird ones to be found. They’re not the evil, scary ones that you’d find on anonymous alt-right blogs, of course–they’re not actually that deep. It’s just that they all seem to come directly through the Cursed Images picture processor–that is, grainy and taken with a point-and-shoot camera in 2008–and have a certain kind of earnestness that is lacking in, say, the ironic, intersectional feminist meme community on Instagram. It’s not bad! Earnestness is not the worst quality to have, particularly in this political climate. There are some, however, that are a little…unsettling. Check out these Pinterest memes that may very well make you want to give up on memes forever:
2. Ah, yes. Wordplay.
3. This is…rude.
4. Who is this man?
5. Hard to argue with this one!
6. Minions memes are, of course, inescapable on Pinterest.
9. A lot of these are…a little violent?
10. A lot violent.
13. Is there a home for nihilistic Pinterest memes? Clearly.
14. A classic.
15. Haha. Girls, right?
What do you think of these memes? Are there any that you actually love? Let us know in the comments!