Adults Who Tried So Hard To Be Hip With Youths That It Backfired

Growing older is an inevitable part of life, and with it comes the horrifying reality of losing touch with what the younger generation is up to. Just when I think I’ve caught up with the times, things change and I’m back to being left in the dust. I’ve accepted it.

However, some people and brands try too hard to be relatable to the youths and fail miserably at it.

If You Use The Term “Fellow Kids”, You’re Already Lost

Science article headline: hello fellow kids, this is how you flip a waterbottle
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

There’s no faster way to out yourself as a non-kid other than referring to yourself as a “fellow kid”. You instantly age yourself by 15 years by merely speaking the words.

Oh No Sweetie That’s Not How It Works

mcdonalds uses barber meme horrifically wrong
Photo Credit: Twitter / @McDonaldsUK
Photo Credit: Twitter / @McDonaldsUK

Brands on social media are really working hard to keep up with the internet culture and use memes, but a golden rule is to never try to use a meme that you don’t fully understand or you’ll end up looking like a fool.

Education, But Make It ~Trendy~

history teacher puts meme about soviet revolution onto projector for class
Photo Credit: Reddit / mrhotshotshun
Photo Credit: Reddit / mrhotshotshun

Educating kids by using the textbook and traditional curriculum has gone out of style, and now teachers are trying to make AP History “fun” by adding memes—as if AP History could ever be fun.

Jesus Only Had Like 12 Followers

Church slideshow says:
Photo Credit: Reddit / noncomformistnugget
Photo Credit: Reddit / noncomformistnugget

I would like to pass a law that enforces that the church, state, and social media have to be separate in society. In other news, what kind of posts qualify as “not honoring Christ?”

At Least They’re Becoming Self-Aware

brand jokes that brands using memes kills memes using a meme
Photo Credit: Twitter / @FreeviewTV
Photo Credit: Twitter / @FreeviewTV

Brands are the known serial killers of good internet memes, but at least they’re starting to understand the role they play in the internet meme hierarchy. Ignorance is, in fact, not bliss.

The People Have Seen Your Pandering And Have Refused To Engage

no one votes in subway poll about
Photo Credit: Twitter / @SUBWAYCanada
Photo Credit: Twitter / @SUBWAYCanada

There are few things more humiliating than paying to get your brand’s post as much visibility as possible and not have a single one of the millions of people who see it vote on your poll.

… Suddenly, I Want To Be Illiterate

poster in school reads: r u 2 cool for school? if so cum 2 the libarbry to read sum sick books. If no you r not swag
Photo Credit: Reddit / i-have-no-namer
Photo Credit: Reddit / i-have-no-namer

I can’t believe that someone at the library thought, the best way to get more teenagers to read books is to condescendingly mock the way they type in text messages. That will definitely work.

It’s Relatable But I’m Still Angry At This Company

wiper blade company advertises using a keanu reeves meme
Photo Credit: Instagram / @wipers123
Photo Credit: Instagram / @wipers123

Is this exactly what it was like for me when I trying to help my dad with manual tasks during childhood? 100%. Am I still upset that a wiper blade company is using a Keanu meme? 100%.

Straight Out Of The High School English Textbook

english textbook has whole page on
Photo Credit: Reddit / yazeed105x
Photo Credit: Reddit / yazeed105x

How… how do baby boomers and Generation X think that millennials and Gen-Z talk to each other? Is this really how they imagine our conversations to look like? Who decided one person’s name was going to be “YOYO”?

Sometimes You Should Quit While You’re Already Behind

RC Cola: we have no plans to release any covfefe flavored cola. If you want the taste of incompetence there are other sodas readily available. Person responds: this is not a good marketing strategy. RC Cola: (mocking meme) this is not a good marketing strategy
Photo Credit: Twitter / @OfficialRCCola / @kbecker66becker
Photo Credit: Twitter / @OfficialRCCola / @kbecker66becker

You’ve heard of quitting while you’re ahead, but sometimes it’s even more valuable to quit while you have already lost before you try to dig yourself into a deeper, more embarrassing hole.

Even The U.S. Army Is Trying To Meme For The Youths

U.S. Army Recruitment center uses a meme to promote U.S. Army enlistment
Photo Credit: Reddit / Jerry_Drendleberg
Photo Credit: Reddit / Jerry_Drendleberg

Traditional recruitment tactics have been thrown out the window and now the U.S. Army is trying to increase enlistment by using memes of a murderous clown offering financial support. We are living in a simulation.

If The Online Ads Don’t Work, In Person Memes Will Have To Do

recruitment booth uses meme: THE ARMY CAN BENEFIT YOU. CHANGE MY MIND
Photo Credit: Reddit / lemonbrownies
Photo Credit: Reddit / lemonbrownies

Joining the U.S. Army probably can benefit you in many ways and I’m sure they have their arguments, but do you think the increased risk of injury would work as mind-changing debate points?

If Skittles Tried To Use A Meme Advertisement, Would They Do A Good Job Or This?

skittles ad tries to use the
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

There are good ways to use memes in advertisements—I won’t deny it—but Skittles tried to be funny and relevant and ended up looking stupid. You really hate to see it.

…And That’s On The Trojan War

teacher uses meme to describe the trojan horse
Photo Credit: Reddit / LardyMcBucket
Photo Credit: Reddit / LardyMcBucket

The sad part is that the Trojan War, the whole “fighting the guy who stole my wife” thing, and the story of the Trojan horse is interesting enough without having to meme-ify it. Just make a regular slideshow.

I Would Like To Personally Sue YouTube For Doing This

person with screenshot of Youtube Notification with caption
Photo Credit: Twitter / @tomscott
Photo Credit: Twitter / @tomscott

The second a brand tries to steal “millennial” or trendy language and overuse it, it never comes off as anything other than contrived. Just tell me I have a new subscriber and go.

I Self-Identify As A “Striminal”

69% of young millennials use at least one form of video piracy. Of that group, a whopping 60% are streaming content without paying for it. These streaming millennial criminals, or what we call
Photo Credit: Reddit / etmua
Photo Credit: Reddit / etmua

I emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically identify with the group of “Striminal” video pirates and I will wear this stupid sounding title with pride as long as boomers are unable to find a stream that doesn’t give their computer a virus.

Nothing Like A 10-Year-Old Meme To Hype You Up For Spring Break!

school uses outdated meme from 10 years ago in email about upcoming spring break to students
Photo Credit: Reddit / bpal24
Photo Credit: Reddit / bpal24

Picture this: you’re a starving college student amassing a large amount of debt trying to get an education. You open an email from the school. Downloading the attached image will use the tiny remnant of data you have left, but you do it because you think it might be important. It’s this meme.

Dominos, Just Drop Your Promo Code And Leave

dominos pizza uses birdbox meme in ad
Photo Credit: Reddit / StevenMiracle
Photo Credit: Reddit / StevenMiracle

No one is ordering Domino’s pizza because they care about the advertising memes. They’re ordering it because it’s two in the morning and they’re using a promo code for free delivery to feel better about the purchase.

You Can Tell A Boomer Made This Ad

iced coffee ad tries to use
Photo Credit: Reddit / anon1001010101
Photo Credit: Reddit / anon1001010101

First baby boomers want to act like “Ok Boomer” was some sort of slur against them and then they have the audacity to appropriate the phrase in order to sell iced coffee?

Zeus Was The Original Unfaithful Man

meme copying
Photo Credit: Reddit / theipodbackup
Photo Credit: Reddit / theipodbackup

Zeus would promise his wife that he was done messing around with random girls only to try to hit on the next woman he saw and then turn her into a cow after. Weak man.

Twilight, Just Pack Up And Go

@twilight account tweets about area 51 having vampires and someone responds
Photo Credit: Twitter / @twilight / @jasminmajzner
Photo Credit: Twitter / @twilight / @jasminmajzner

Dear people who run the @Twilight twitter account, we understand that you had your moment from 2008-2013, but it’s over now. Let it go. Move on to better things. You deserve to be free.

Not All Attention Is Good Attention, Netflix

netflix tv show called
Photo Credit: Netflix
Photo Credit: Netflix

Not only do I have no idea why Netflix would try to make this documentary sound like the title of a wiki-how article, but the meme depicting people wanting drugs is too far.

Leave Him Alone! He Is Tweeting To Stay Alive

gamestop uses yelling woman/cat meme to joke about how he can't control trade-in prices as the social media guy
Photo Credit: Twitter / @GameStop
Photo Credit: Twitter / @GameStop

I imagine that a 22-year-old recent hire is sitting at their desk in the GameStop corporate office rapidly trying to hit their 20-tweet a day quota while navigating a barrage of complaints. Keep hanging in there, pal.

If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them

Xbox makes joke about how it's a brand account trying to find memes
Photo Credit: Twitter / @xboxuk
Photo Credit: Twitter / @xboxuk

It’s futile to believe that branded Twitter will ever achieve the love and acceptance of the regular people using Twitter, so they might as well mock themselves before the masses even have the chance.

Maybe Check Out The Trending Hashtag Before Using It

Digiorno pizza tweets on a trending hashtag about pizza when it's really about sensitive subject matter
Photo Credit: Reddit / ScipioA
Photo Credit: Reddit / ScipioA

The first rule to using hashtags is that you should always know exactly why it’s trending before using it to avoid, I don’t know, making a pizza joke on a sensitive topic.

PSA Posters Look Different Than They Did When I Was In School

bathroom meme sign says
Photo Credit: Reddit / NeonDiscoKittens
Photo Credit: Reddit / NeonDiscoKittens

The school principal sat down with the board representative to find a way to prevent teenagers from vaping and developing nicotine addictions and somehow came up with this as the solution.

Even The Dictionary Is Memeing

Dictionary.com uses a meme to mock grammar nerds
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Dictionarycom
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Dictionarycom

You know that things have gone too far when the objectively most boring book in the history of books is trying to get online attention using internet memes. This tweet is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Just Tell Me How Much Rent Is!

property company ad reads: this house is so beautiful it should be illegal. And I know the law. I've watched like 50 true crime documentaries on Netflix
Photo Credit: Facebook / PropertyPal
Photo Credit: Facebook / PropertyPal

Do you know what people look for when trying to navigate the difficult real estate market? Jokes about crime documentaries! Not rental information, landlord checks, property tax rates, or asking prices!

Petition To Ban Politicians From Using Memes

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Photo Credit: Twitter / @BorisJohnson
Photo Credit: Twitter / @BorisJohnson

In general, politicians’ campaign advertisements and publicity stunts to gain the support of the masses are annoying to see, but meme use is a new level of despicable and they must be stopped.

That’s It, We Need To Burn Down The Internet

Video title: This video is for FELLOW KIDS ONLY
Photo Credit: Reddit / aswed1234
Photo Credit: Reddit / aswed1234

All in all, rather than desperately trying to blend in with the kids on the internet, we should appreciate them and their chaotic memes and language use from a safe distance.