On one hand, it’s annoying to see humanity devolve to communicating in pictograms like Australopithecus. However, something as big and complicated as the democratic election — in a country with more than 300 million people spread across 50 states and the District of Columbia, all of whom run the vote their own way — can feel overwhelming.
Memes give us a way to break down big concepts and complex feelings into pop culture references and slogans. The community aspect of watching them spread through social media and appreciating them as a group makes us feel stronger, less lonely and more in control of a process where we are, by necessity, tiny cogs in a big machine.
Now that the election is nearly over after approximately 834 years, here are a few of the memes that lightened the mood.
The revenge of McCain
In retrospect, maybe Donald Trump repeatedly mocking the beloved late Arizona Sen. John McCain was not the wisest course of action. The idea of the venerable war hero having a spot of revenge pairs well with Lady Olenna of “Game of Thrones,” who also dethroned a petulant tyrant with weird hair.
Because I love to countThe official ballot tally in battleground states has been attended by various groups who alternatively wish to stop counts where Trump was ahead and count more where he was behind, or sometimes vice versa, because fandom is weird like that. Cries of “stop the count” led meme-makers to invoke the name of the “Sesame Street” resident arithmetic-obsessed vampire, who, as usual, cannot be stopped from doing what he loves.
He’s climbing the ropes
I like to think of the election in wrestling terms because of the overly dramatic speech making and pageantry. Who among us would have thought that the Second District of Nebraska and its single Electoral College vote would make such a difference in 2020. Those sorts of upsets make for good television, especially when the metaphor involves John Cena.
The weight of a nationFirst off, I have nothing but respect for the election workers who are diligently crossing the t’s and dotting the lower-case j’s in this contentious election. That said, I didn’t sleep for 72 straight hours, and the music on MSNBC is now a full-on trigger for anxiety. Meme-makers have tried to contextualize the waiting game.
Seriously though…I know it’s hard on the election staff. Thank you for the democracy. We don’t mean to be, like, crazy stalkers on you.
The revolution will be malarkey-freeThe idea that Joe Biden represents a socialist takeover of America is hilarious considering that socialists can’t even seem to take over the Democratic Party. That said, reimagining Biden as a revolutionary figure complete with ice cream and his antifa slogans is oddly endearing.
Just sayingA lot of Democrats were expecting a Joe Biden landslide, and that didn’t happen. They also pride themselves in not having F-150s festooned with their candidate’s flags and other paraphernalia. Maybe next time they should try that, just to see if it works.
- Take it, YeezyOne of many reminders that Kanye West really did run for president. He was even included in a few polls. Sadly, he failed to win and conceded the fact by tweeting “welp” on Nov. 4. His brevity is appreciated.
More wrestlingWere you sad that Bernie Sanders didn’t win the Democratic nomination? If so, this one is for you. Fun fact: Donald Trump is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, although no one who sells a Stone Cold Stunner that badly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, if you ask me.