It’s halfway through the year, which means it’s time to do a little reflection in the form of memes. In 2022, memes are how we communicate.
That being said, do you remember some of this year’s top memes? Spoiler alert: Euphoria season 2 aired this year. Time flies, etc.
1. They would only get four free tests
The year kicked off with the US government announcing they would distribute 1 billion rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans for free. The caveat was that the government would only provide four rapid tests for each residential address, regardless of the number of people living in each household. Twitter users criticized the four-test limit by posting pictures of large, well-known, fictional families with the caption, “They would only get four free tests.”
2. Bitch, you better be joking
Euphoria‘s anticipated second season premiered in January, and it was all the internet could talk about for eight consecutive weeks. The HBO teen drama inspired many memes, but no moment produced more internet chatter than Maddy’s iconic line, “Bitch, you better be joking.” Twitter users screenshot the scene and turned it into a meme by altering the text and image to apply to many other TV shows, movies, songs, and celebrities.
3. Homophobic dog
The white dachshund Whitney Chewston, better known as the homophobic dog, originally went viral for her hilariously judgmental face in 2021. The first wave of homophobic dog memes started with a Karen-esque image of Whitney Chewston sitting next to a glass of red wine with the caption, “not too fond of gay people.” This year more photos of the dog were photoshopped with similarly ironic text, like “i know what you are” and “let’s hope it’s just a phase.” According to the dog’s owners, the memes were made by members of the LGBTQ community to make fun of homophobic people.
4. Get your fucking ass up and work
In an interview with Variety in March, Kim Kardashian gave some characteristically out-of-touch business advice. She said, “I have the best advice for women in business: get your fucking ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.” Unsurprisingly, her advice wasn’t well-received and the lines, “Get your fucking ass up and work” became a popular audio across Twitter and TikTok.
5. This was my Heartstopper
Heartstoppera charming queer teen romance based on a webcomic, came to Netflix in April, and it had the internet in a loving embrace. Heartstopper inspired Twitter users to share images of other queer pop culture moments with the caption, “this was my HeartstopperThe more bizarre the better.
6. This was my Multiverse of Madness
In May, the concept of the multiverse took hold of the internet thanks to the films Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Everything Everywhere All At Once. Twitter users poked fun at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘s ridiculous title by posting photos of iconic pop culture crossover events with the text, “this was my Multiverse of Madness.”