This blog has officially reached its lowest point: meme stars. I did not want to have to resort to this, but coming up with more interesting topics has been a little difficult. Therefore, readers, you are in for a treat.
Although most would not want to admit it, I think a lot of us, including myself, secretly love meme humor. Memes always seem to encompass the cultural mindset of the time, and their prevalence and growth is really fascinating. They may not fall into the traditional idea of what it means to be an Internet star, but in the vast void of the Internet, I would argue that the people behind these memes are the real stars. Let’s walk down “meme”-ory lane and revisit some of our favorites from the past few years.
Bad-luck Brian: Poor guy has the worst luck of anyone on the Internet, but his misery was our humor. The guy behind the meme is actually named Kyle and this was his junior yearbook photo. He was a class clown in high school, and purposefully posed like this for the picture as a joke. One of his friends thought it was hilarious and uploaded it onto Reddit, but the name Bad Luck Kyle just didn’t have the same ring to it. Thus Bad-Luck Brian was born. Kyle has been able to make a few thousand dollars off the Bad Luck Brian merchandise over the years, and works as the project manager for his father’s construction company.
College Freshman: This meme captured the clichés of the typical college freshman. I was in high school when the meme was popular and could only pretend to get the humor. Now with my first year almost coming to a close, however, I can confidently say the captions are all too real. The student was then University of New Hampshire freshman, Griffin Kiristy. He never wanted the picture to be taken in the first place, and was not too pleased with his internet fame.
Overly Attached Girlfriend: If there is anything Justin Bieber produced that was useful to society it was the song “Girlfriend” since it gave birth to this hilarious meme. Laina Morris uploaded a rather creepy parody video to Bieber’s song, which skyrocketed her to fame. She is still relatively popular on YouTube and creates videos to help charities.
Success Kid: Sammy achieved more fame at 11 months than I probably will ever in my life. Talk about success. His mother had posted the photo on flickr in 2007, but the image did not go viral until 2011. Since then, his images were sold to a few companies for advertisement, including Vitamin Water. Currently, he is off doing things that any normal 8 year old does.
Side Eyeing Chloe: Chloe could care less about going to Disneyland. She became the Queen of Everything in a few weeks after a video of her parents announcing a surprise trip to Disneyland went viral. While her sister Lily was screaming at the top of her lungs when given the news, Chloe was judging her in the corner. Netizens took it upon themselves to photoshop her face into every aspect of pop culture. The results were rather beautiful.