16 Of The Pettiest Things That Happened In 2016

Let’s talk about being petty, shall we? You know, that thing when–as Urban Dictionary defines it–“someone takes a small subject and blows it out of proportion.” Like, wildly out of proportion. Alice-in-Wonderlanddown-the-rabbit-hole kind of out of proportion.  It is my very favorite state of being, though I’m not quite sure why. Terms like “savage,” “shade,” and “slay”–petty’s siblings–have lost most of their originally intended effect for me, which is mostly due to a near-constant use of those terms in the media (Kara Brown is doing the Lord’s work in uncovering this over at Jezebel) and subsequent lack of any real meaning. Being petty, though? That stays great, I guess, because it is easy to glean satisfaction from watching people–usually the rich, popular, famous ones, as they have both the most and least to lose at all times–doing their best to blow as many things out of proportion as possible.

Now, is this obsession a distraction from the overwhelmingly dark, oppressive nature of the current state of the world? It sure is, but I’ll take my bread and circuses wherever and whenever I can get them, thanks. So, let us all assume that, if there is one thing to celebrate this year–other than the memes and the tweets, of course–it is probably the pervasive sense of deep, deep pettiness that bolstered our spirits and helped carry us all through 2016. So, to get you through these last few weeks, here is a retrospective look at the pettiest moments of 2016, God bless:

1. Ah, remember when Kanye West tweeted some pretty rude things about, well, a lot of people? But especially Amber Rose? And she dropped this tweet in response, causing him to delete all of his previous ones? A simpler time, the beginning of 2016:


2. Then, of course, there was the day Kim Kardashian exposed Taylor Swift for lying about having a conversation with Kanye West about the lyrics on his song “Famous:”


3. This, of course, was preceded by Calvin Harris saying some…things about his former girlfriend:

4. Selena Gomez crumpled up a poster that said “Marry Justin”–referencing, of course, Justin Bieber–poster in concert:


5. And left some nice comments on his Instagram account:


6. Which Justin responded to by….deleting his entire Instagram account:


7. Speaking of deleting accounts:
(And that is all I will be speaking of, petty politics-wise! Our president-elect is petty indeed, but it is the scary kind that I do not feel covering, so I will not!)

8. Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic primary. He did, however, win over my heart with this side eye:


9. Oh, hey! Remember when Rob Kardashian tweeted out Kylie Jenner’s phone number?


10. Because she…didn’t invite Blac Chyna to her own baby shower, allegedly? Wild:


11. Kylie is so sweet to pose like this with Taylor Swift:

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12. There was also, of course, this fight between Azealia Banks (an adult rapper) and Skai Jackson (a fourteen-year-old Disney channel actor. Skai, for lack of a better term, “owned” her. It was…too much:

Lord #SkaiJackson called out #AzaeliaBanks' edges ???? #PettyWap #ClapBackSeason

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13. And now, as a palate cleanser, enjoy this petty meme Rihanna posted shortly after the end of her “relationship” (hmmmm) with Drake:


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14. Not to be outdone, petty-wise, Drake’s neighbors complained about him being too noisy, I guess. So he bought their house:


15. Then again…


16. But the pettiest one of all? Why, that’s this man:

Did this year live up to all of your petty fantasies? Did I forget any key moments? Let us know in the comments!

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