15 Things You Definitely Ruined In 2016

2016 was not the best year. I am not the only person who has told you this, of course—if there is one thing that should have been drilled into your head at this point,  it is that very few things about the year of our Lord 2016 can actually be considered “good,” in any sense of the word—but it is a thought that I have nonetheless, and one I will not feel totally done with until I spend some time cataloging exactly why it was so awful. There was the election. The untimely demise of the Vine app. Harambe.

You get the point. The point is, this year was not the best one! With any luck, better things will come in 2017, and 2016 will go down as the most objectively garbage year in human history. (Though, uh, the previews aren’t looking too promising, if you get my drift.)

Still, while you may not have been single-handedly responsible for the Harambe meme, the truth is that there are very few of us who did not help bring about the destruction of 2016. Indeed, we all had a hand it in, and we must all take some of the credit. Don’t believe me? Check out these things you definitely helped ruin in 2016:

1. Harambe:

Was the Harambe meme ever “good,” really? Probably not! Still, any worth it may have had at one point was burned to the ground when the meme was co-opted by the alt-right, therefore making it unsuitable for corporations to absorb and ultimately destroy–as is the rightful meme lifespan–and just…wouldn’t…die.

2. Clowns:

Again, clowns were never good, per se. But they became real bad in 2016, and I think we all had something to do with that.

3. Emails:

Were you the one leading the FBI investigation against Hillary Clinton? Probably not! (And, if you are, get the heck out of here, James Brian “Jim” Comey!)

4. “Fight Song:”

Let’s give it a break, okay?

5. Also–“deplorable:”


6. Also–“nasty woman:”

Please, please stop. I too identify as a “nasty woman” under our President-Elect’s apparent definition of the term, but I think it is time to stop quoting someone that, if you, too, identify as a “nasty woman,” probably don’t like all that much.

7.The noun (and verb!) “trump:”

Like, a “trump” card. Love “trumps” hate. It’s over. The word “trump” is cancelled until someone say otherwise.

8. The act of being “petty:”


Everyone–well, everyone on my very selective, liberal media-elite bubble Twitter timeline, that is–seems to have placed themselves under the “petty” label. This is great! As someone who is happy to embrace the end of “chill,” this brings me joy. Still, if I may paraphrase noted villain Syndrome from the classic 2004 Pixar film The Incredibles, if everyone is petty, nobody is petty.

9. And “alternative:”

“Alternative” was once a term used to describe someone who liked to wear plaid and listen to Wilco on the weekends,but no longer. Now, it just conjurs up images of Neo-Nazis who like to call themselves the “alt right” and, like, that Hitler Youth haircut.

10. Literally any cartoon you may or may not have loved at some point in your childhood:

Such as those filthy, Arthur memes, “wow queen, you’re so beautiful,” etc. ET TU, GOOFY? (MAX???!!! WHO EVEN KNOWS.)

11. Hamilton:


JK! This musical about rapping founding fathers will never go away, and it will never be ruined, and I look forward to the day when we are all living under Sir Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rule.

12. Challenge-based memes:

Dream Team ??☘?? #MannequinChallenge

A video posted by ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) on

Mannequin Challenge: cool. Andy’s Coming Challenge: Uh, sure. Backpack Challenge: Why? (Also, when did a meme become, like, an activity? Let us sit and enjoy them in a depressive solitude, as the Good Lord intended us to do!!)

13. Harry Potter:

It is crazy to think that 2016 ruined even this cherished franchise, but it is true. Nothing is sacred.

14. Drake and Rihanna’s relationship:

Any chance that these two were really dating and could really make it work was singlehandedly killed by overanalysis.

15. And, finally, any jokes about 2016 being awful.


The stock joke about 2016–that everything about it is objectively garbage–is over, right?

Did you help ruin any of these things? No, really, did you? Let us know in the comments!

You can reach the author, Sara Hendricks, on Twitter and Instagram.


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  • creativecubez

    How about HUGH MUNGUS