We all like to bust some balls online, since some good ol’ fashioned ribbing never hurt anyone… except when IT DOES! Sometimes maybe we bust a little too hard, y’know? Maybe the target doesn’t deserve it? Anyway, here are some things that are derided online, but I think are maybe okay, right guys?
“All-Star” by Smash Mouth
? someBODY once told me
we need a younger pope-y ?
— wrestling believer (@HumanPog) January 19, 2017
Listen, “All-Star” is fine! It’s not the Beatles or Kendrick Lamar or some other seminal artist from the genre of your choice, but it’s also not McHammer or Nickelback or an artist that is rightly mocked for being terrible. It’s is the song from Shrek, for God’s sake, and if it hadn’t gotten SO big, people would just be like “That song? Yeah, it’s fine.”
Pedantic Neil Degrasse Tyson
— Uri Goldstein (@urig) December 21, 2015
Does Neil Degrasse Tyson like to come in and ruin the science in popular movies? Yes. But come on, the guy isn’t just A scientist, he’s THE scientist. He’s a big nerd who can low-key also hand out an ass-whipping. I mean, it’s no different than leaning over to your friend during a movie and going “that couldn’t happen”, except it’s on Twitter, and then the guy explains exactly why it couldn’t happen.
During the entire US Presidential election, there was a certain source of metaphor that was run into the ground — I’m talking, of course, about Harry Potter. I mean, the magical wizard boy series is about fascism, so there’s a lot you can draw form at the moment. But because one subsection of Twitter users are going overboard with their Harry Potter metaphors, another subsection has grown very weary of Harry Potter metaphors, and is now taking that first subsection to task about them. But Harry Potter is still good, and this relentless mockery seems to retcon them into being bad, just because their use as a metaphor has gotten incredibly annoying.
The secret to a happy marriage is not slipping into a Borat voice whenever you say “MAH WIFE”
— Steve Venegas (@Steve_Venegas) January 11, 2017
Man, people still ironically say “Mah wife” online, and I feel like the ironic appropriation of Borat catch phrases has made a lot of people forget that movie is very, very funny. Like, so funny.
Celebrities In Private Moments
The world has no room for Sad Keanu. pic.twitter.com/GCx1CLz3hJ
— 川普贏了我去日本．Frank Chung (@chungf) January 13, 2017
Just let Leo run on the beach, or Keanu be sad, or ScarJo (I didn’t want to have to look up how to spell her name) trip and fall! They’re human beings! Must celebrities have all their private moments alone be subjected to meming?!
Pepe the Frog
Personally the richard spencer punch vid is satisfying for me because it happens while he’s describing a meme
— extremely online guy (@nickmullen) January 21, 2017
Okay, so here’s the thing — neo-Nazis and white supremacists are bad. This should be a given, but hey, people are, I guess, not fond of history. Pepe is obviously one of their big symbols online, and therefore, Pepe is made fun of online quite a bit. Hillary Clinton denounced the damn thing during her presidential campaign, for God’s sake. Pepe, however, was not created as a white supremacist icon. He has some pretty benign origins as a character in a webcomic about life in your early 20s. The characters creator, Matt Furie, talks about it more here, but it’s a real bummer what’s happened to him.
Do you secretly love something that all your peers mock? Let us know on Twitter. It’s okay. It’s… okay…