Welcome to the Friday edition of Internet Insider, where we dissect the week online. Today:
- The red flag meme got out of hand
- Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘I am weed’ comment turns into a meme
- Bartender urges people to stop stealing glasses from bars in viral TikTok
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BREAK THE INTERNET
There are too many red flags
Towards the end of last week, people were begging others on Twitter to stop the “kidney man” discourse. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read about it in last week’s newsletter here.) Well, people finally moved on to other topics and memes. Now we have a timeline full of red flags.
Everyone knows what red flags are: Warning signs to stay away from a person-mostly related to dating. The Twitter meme applies red flags to everything from taste in movies and music to not watching a bird. And the “red flag” is accompanied by more than a dozen red flag emojis in the most popular versions of the meme.
Even people who are regular Twitter users probably noticed the dominance of the red flag emoji in the app this week. Like most memes, it started with a user tweeting the meme (Know Your Meme identified a tweet from @Jordann773 as one of the earliest versions) before brands came in and pounced on it. Brands essentially used it to lightly criticize anyone who didn’t like their brand. It was a way for customers to congratulate themselves, and it got very cringy. Usually, the lifespan of a meme before brands use it is longer than a week. As @dianelyssa put it: “You guys tossed that red flag meme in less than a day.” Impressive.
—Tiffany Kelly, culture editor
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Machine Gun Kelly who first meets Megan Fox and says “I’m weed” is now a meme.
in a new one British GQ profile, the two discuss their spiritual, erotic relationship, first while tattooing each other. Fox describes his first meeting with MGK at a party in LA: “I just remembered this tall, blond, ghostly creature and I looked up and I thought, ‘You smell like weed.’ He looked down at me and he said, “I’m weed.” Then, I swear, he disappeared like a ninja in a smoke bomb.” Fox later says that meeting MGK was “like meeting the reflection of your own soul”.
Fox’s prompt and MGK’s response were soon absorbed into memes of two characters meeting each other in pop culture, including: Star Wars and The X files.
Read the full story here.
—Audra Schroeder, senior writer
‘You’re an asshole’: Bartender urges people to stop stealing glasses from bars in viral TikTok
TikToker @haleydito went viral with her signature video about wanting to take home a beautiful rose-shaped cocktail glass from a bar. But while the urge to at least “borrow” something beautiful is understandable, it’s also a major problem for bartenders to act on that urge, as @the.badass.bartender explained in a video.
@the.badass.bartender, a veteran bartender who has worked in multiple locations in the industry for years, initially responded with a short stab, explaining that instead of stealing you can find almost any specialty glass for sale on Amazon. However, reactions to her first video were mixed. While some understood what she meant – that it was all about the specialty glassware and how stealing those glasses makes life harder for the bar staff – others didn’t. Even some of the other bartenders called her a Karen and encouraged people to keep stealing glasses.
Read the full story here.
—Siobhan Ball, Contributing Writer
MEME OF THE WEEK
OK, this is a good version of the meme:
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*First published: October 15, 2021, 2:42 PM CDT
Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor at Daily Dot. Before that, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her work has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.