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Memes Have Invaded Our Feeds!

In the digital age, it is common for people to spend multiple hours per day scrolling through social media, especially teenagers. People view cooking tutorials on TikTok, funny fails on Instagram Reels, and inspiring sports moments on YouTube Shorts. However, over the past few weeks, feeds have been filled with two memes in particular.

A meme is a photo or short clip that often takes real-life clips out of context and remixes them to suit a relatable joke as part of the meme. Some memes are complex and are directed to one particular audience, some are simpler and are relatable to many users, and some frankly make little sense at all.

Enter Josh Hutcherson. Hutcherson is an American actor most known for his roles in The Hunger Games series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bridge to Terabithia, and The Polar Express. His most recent film appearance came in Five Nights at Freddy’s, a supernatural horror film based on the video game series of the same name.

Five Nights at Freddy’s, released on October 27, was a hit at the box office, earning $78 million domestically and $130 million worldwide. It also brought Hutcherson back into the spotlight, and old content of him began to resurface on the internet. This content included a 2014 fan-made edit of Hutcherson; a slideshow of pictures of him to Flo Rida’s “Whistle”.

Currently, there are thousands of videos of this meme on TikTok and Instagram Reels. Creators will start the video inconspicuously, and eventually will cleverly edit in a short clip of the fan edit which plays the beginning of “Whistle” and displays a highly filtered image of Hutcherson with his hands behind his head.

The famous image that is most commonly used as the Josh Hutcherson meme. (Photo Credit: MetroGirlzStation/YouTube)

“OMG! I can’t believe this video blew up after all these years. My little sister showed me all the videos on her TikTok and I think it’s hilarious what you guys have done with it,” said MetroGirlzStation, the user responsible for the original edit, in a YouTube comment on the edit video.

The meme has gained so much popularity that many creators are now posting their own content regarding the highly relatable occurrence of the Hutcherson meme popping up in their feeds nonstop. But as with many trends before it, some find it hilarious, and others find it highly annoying.

Another trending video circulating the internet was posted on November 16 by an Illinois woman named Gail Lewis. It contained a short clip of her resignation announcement over the loudspeaker at Walmart where she worked for 10 years. The video then cut to her explaining to the viewers what the job and her coworkers had meant to her.

It was a very heartfelt message and was clearly emotional for Lewis. But once funny content creators got ahold of the video, Lewis became an instant internet sensation. Videos of her farewell announcement made its rounds and eventually people were characterizing Lewis as if she were a sports star, claiming that she’s a “Walmart Hall-of-Famer”, that her “career stats” at Walmart were very good, or that “Target missed an opportunity by passing up on Lewis at the 2013 Supermarket Draft”.

Another common meme associated with Lewis is for creators to post clips of NFL players making big hits with captions relating to Lewis taking down a shoplifter. Some creators have even gone as far as making it seem like Lewis’ departure is going to ruin the company, obviously a sarcastic overreaction.

An example of Lewis being made to look like a sports legend. (Photo Credit: TikTok)

Lewis responded to the newfound popularity, which she has happily embraced.

“I cannot believe [the response the video has gotten.] I honestly thought that I was going to get like a thousand likes, and next thing you know, I’m everywhere,” said Lewis on Inside Edition. “[On] your last day, you gotta do something special, and I just decided to do that. It just felt right.”

Although much of the content is posted sarcastically at the expense of Lewis, she seems to be appreciative of the publicity. Her story shows the world that anyone can be an internet sensation, even with something as sincere as a departure from a 10-year job.

Fortunately for those that are tired of seeing Hutcherson and Lewis on their screens all day, memes often die after a month or two, before they are likely replaced by something new. But until that day comes, creators will keep producing on these two hot topics, with the goal of gaining as many digital impressions as possible.

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Noah Stockoski, Writer
Noah Stockoski is a senior at Adams High School, and it is his third year writing for The Adams Kilt. He has previously served as a Writer, Editor, and Editor-in-Chief. He has also played baseball and ran track for Adams, and is involved in its DECA, NHS, and Spikeball Clubs. He enjoys writing about sports especially, and plans to study Sport Management after high school.

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