Who you trying to school, fool?
That should have been Michael Jordan’s response to the kid who tried to make MJ look like a fool.
Yes, even the great MJ got hit with a wild, viral internet tsunami.
I can hear you now, how the heck do you even pronounce that?
Meme, pronounced as “meem”, (there’s an actual youtube video that shows you how to pronounce it) is defined by google as “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by imitation. A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by internet users.”
I am familiar with memes and will admit that I have laughed at a lot of them.
Surely you’ve seen the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” memes, if not, this post gives me reason to show you one:
Ladies, you’re welcome. Sorry Fellas.
The Willy Wonka memes are hilarious:
Some memes are funny, some are funny with a touch of insult, some are just down right insulting.
And then there are those that simply don’t make sense.
Remember when the question “what are those?” was a real question someone asked when they wanted to know something?
Back in my day (yeah, I am an 80’s child), we called it jonning. Urban Dictionary defines jonning as
“talking about someone, getting on them for something they got on or something they did or how they looked.”
Urban Dictionary tells us that the “what are those” meme is “what you say/scream when you see someone wearing shoes or other footwear that are dirty and/or non-brand unknown. You should also point your finger in the air then while saying “What are those?!” Make your way down to the person shoes, all while their back is turned.”
Am I the only one that sees a fight breaking out?
Even the great Michael Jordan was caught off guard when a teen yelled this to him while he was trying to talk about an unreleased pair of Air Jordans that this kid’s parent will probably stand in line all day to buy.
No worries, MJ, I don’t get it either.
My tween came home the other day telling me about someone yelling that to her in gym class. Not gonna lie, I got pissed. Pissed because I know how much I paid for those Skechers so don’t be yelling that mess at my….
So, as you can see, people are using the phrase incorrectly. Cause last time I checked, Skechers were a name brand and they carry a name brand price tag.
*Note, as I am typing this, my 19-year-old tells me that Skechers are not cool.
This is his last weekend at home before I drive very fast to get him back to school five hours away.
Ok, back to the topic at hand.
I could go into so many different directions with this:
- how this phrase could easily morph into a form of bullying
- how it sets kids/people to think they have to buy name brand everything
- how it can empower the one asking the question
- how it can lower the self-identity and esteem of the one on the receiving end of the question
- how it can make the parents feel so old and out of touch
- how it can cause me to wonder if I am overthinking this
The thing is that each generation has their own thing. Guess they are entitled because they are all trying to develop a sense of identity, regardless if what they are doing makes sense or not. This current generation has an added layer with social media because it energizes their identity by opening up avenues for them to tweet about it, create mini Vine videos about and broadcast it all to the world, gaining more exposure and even creating internet celebrities. And from there, you get copycats who think they can do the same thing, sometimes taking their memes to a more insulting level.
As parents, we must stress to our kids that just cause you saw it on the internet doesn’t mean you should do it in real life. Sure, the “what are those?” memes may be a harmless internet sensation but acting them out in real life can sometimes have harmful results.
So, why am I all worked up over this meme?
As a parent, I just need to know what I’m up against. I want to protect my daughter at every twist and curve of her life.
Yet, I know that I won’t be there to dissect every meme.
Or be there when her “friends” encourage her to skip school.
Or be there if a “friend” offers her a puff of their vape.
This is just another tool in her toolbox of life.
So, here’s what I said to her:
- I asked “do you like your shoes?”.
- don’t let other people dictate what you wear and how you feel about wearing it
- enjoy your individuality. Dare to be different. Lord knows, at her age, I was terrified to be myself. Truth be told, I’ve only been comfortable with myself for the last 7 years!
She hasn’t let it get to her, I think I am the one who it’s getting to. But that’s what we parents do. When a parent is created, their hearts are moved to their sleeves. It’s just the way it is.
|I made this using memecreator.org
Go back in time, what were some of the funny sayings/jokes from your school days?