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Top 10: Memes of 2018, #9: We live in a society

In this top 10, our writer breaks down their favourite memes that came out of 2018. Pray for them and their sanity.

2018 was the year where we learned that gamers are the most oppressed people in North American society.

Emerging from a slew of meme traditions such as deep frying, “bottom text,” and smonking big weed, gang weed is the most powerful meme satirizing butthurt white boy gamers online.

Said butthurt gamer bros often yell loudly into the deep corners of the web about how society is structured in such a way as to oppress them and no one else you know, like the people who actually face systemic oppression every day. Remember Gamergate, when gamers got super pissed because feminists started analyzing video games and found surprise surprise that they reflected some of the same patriarchal ideals found in all of our media?

“Feminists are ruining our video games cause they want to take the gratuitous sexualization of women out of them!” they cried en-masse. “WE WANT BOOBS! WE WANT BOOBS!”

It was deeply embarrassing for everyone who played video games, whether casually or as hardcore fans.

Some of those goofy gamer bros also happen to be members of the incel crowd, believing that they’ve been excluded from sex by society. That already says a lot on its own, I think.

Andrew McWhinney

As you can see, the statement “we live in a society” cuts to the core of these shortsighted, flawed, and weak political assertions. In trying to sound so deep, they make complete idiots of themselves.  

But what of the ramifications of this meme beyond roasting gamers? If anything, it’s a reminder to all of us not to take ourselves too seriously. We may have some grand idea about how the world works or the universe is out to get us, but we may too be failing to see the bigger picture. We can all benefit from calling ourselves out on our bullshit in order to keep improving as people.

This why I will wear my “we live in a society hat” until the day I die, and this is why Gang Weed is in my top ten memes of 2018.

Andrew McWhinney

Andrew McWhinney is a fifth-year English and political science combined honors student, as well as The Gateway's 2019-20 Editor-in-Chief. He was previously The Gateway's 2018-19 Opinion Editor. An aspiring journalist with too many opinions, he's a big fan of political theory, hip-hop, and being alive.

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