New year, new memes! We can’t deny that the past couple of years have been a rollercoaster ride. Sometimes the only way to get through all of the insanity is to laugh, and 2022 is starting off strong with some hilarious memes. There are always good morning memes, happy birthday memes, wholesome memes, cat memes, and dog memes to keep you entertained, but this roundup is all about the best of the best. Let’s take a look at the very best memes that have gone viral this year, and some that are so funny from last year, they’re still keeping us—and the internet—laughing.
How To Make Memes
With so many hilarious memes circulating the internet, you may have thought about taking a stab at creating your own. There are various meme apps and tools you can use, such as Canva—whi
They Would Only Get Four Free Tests
The year kicked off with the U.S. 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.”
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.
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.
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
This Was My Heartstopper
Heartstopper, a 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 Heartstopper.” The more bizarre the better.
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.”
Why is it called a meme?
A meme is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online, especially through social media.” Before internet memes became popular in the 21st century, British scientist Richard Dawkins first used the term “meme” in his book The Selfish Gene. He defined it as “a unit of cultural transmission.” The term has since developed to describe the internet memes we know today.
What makes a meme?
Memes are typically comprised of funny images and text, which are often used as a form of social or political commentary. A lot of times, a meme will generate hundreds of different interpretations as it gets passed around, usually via social media, text, or e-mail.
Is a GIF a meme?
No, a GIF is not a meme, but they are closely related. A GIF is basically an image file that moves, like a short clip from a movie. The clip is then played on a loop that can be shared on the internet. GIFs differ from memes in their movement (memes are usually stagnant) and unlike memes, they don’t usually make a comment on a social or political issue.
Where would we be without memes? A wave of new memes hit our timelines to keep us laughing and connecting no matter what is going on in the world year after year. They have become the go-to language for social media users and have become an integral part of pop culture. While we usually have what feels like a meme calendar with a trend that takes over each month of the year, the first six months of 2022 felt a little slower and dryer than usual. And that’s understandable. The world feels like it’s in disarray, and it’s not always easy to find humor in the real issues people are constantly facing. But leave it up to the internet to still give us something to laugh about even in the darkest of times, right?o far, Will Smith vs.
Chris Rock at the Oscars, 50 Cent at the Super Bowl, Elmo’s beef with Rocco, and even Julia Fox have given social media users all the ammunition they need to turn those situations into the funniest, most sharable, and entertaining memes possible. Euphoria broke records, becoming the most tweeted show in Twitter’s history with 30 million reactions in Season 2—and obviously, a lot of those tweets were memes. We would also be remiss not to mention the TikToks that have transcended the app and are making us laugh across all social media platforms. Twitter users are funny, but the people over on TikTok take things to a new level. Check out our list of the best, most popular, and funniest memes 2022 has had to offer so far. If these don’t do it for you, don’t worry, there are still six months left to go in the year.