What a yr! Abstract of 2022 memes and social media tendencies
As the year draws to a close, social media is starting to flood with people looking back at what 2022 had to offer. From photo dumps to reflections on what they learned, many of them warmly summarize standout moments.
Similarly, we look back at some of the memes and trends that have emerged from social media over the past year.
Buckle up, because here’s a monthly look at some of the most memorable memes and trends of 2022.
January: Euphoria Memes
Euphoria’s second season premiered on HBO Max earlier this year and spawned a slew of iconic memes as it aired through late February.
The Principal of Euphoria High School pic.twitter.com/ZeBbcjrW14
— corvs↝ (@Gushieee) January 12, 2022
— out of context euphoria (@ooceeuphoria) January 26, 2022
I want to see him in euphoria pic.twitter.com/aQZ2zyO6Kd
– 🍑 (@PEACHYBLACKG0RL) January 11, 2022
One of the kids dropped her backpack out of euphoria :(( pic.twitter.com/h93J1Qhai0
— Carter Hambley (@carterhambley) January 13, 2022
February: Julia Fox’s antics
Julia Fox fell on many people’s radar in early 2022 after debuting her now-defunct relationship with Kanye West, and her antics quickly made her a recurring topic across the internet.
From an eyebrow-raising photoshoot to her pronunciation of “Uncut Gems,” Julia Fox was once the girl among memers. Additionally, her loyal Twitter followers continue to highlight her antics, so we might get more Julia Fox memes in the future!
and WHAT is going on with the stones…
— sandy (@sandyhoney) February 14, 2022
The female urge to do a Julia Fuchs photoshoot here pic.twitter.com/BoVQLz7ED8
— Lily (@lillianpat2012) February 20, 2022
These muse videos by Julia Fox – Uncut Gems have given me so much joy over the past few days! 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/z7A885DodY
— awalkingthrophy (@Robbi_Bobbi_Jae) February 17, 2022
Julia Fox Spider from school
by Rock pic.twitter.com/qgAdP02z27
– Yes? Yes. (@missrjevans82) February 4, 2022
Julia Fox’s next photo shoot pic.twitter.com/DKHDmiJ2gA
— KIЯK (@Iostb0y_) February 8, 2022
Obsessed with how the Julia Fox photoshoot had the most disgusting skirt I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/UbY0LzHN45
— Samir (@JustSamirOnly) February 15, 2022
March: Will Smith beats Chris Rock
At the 94th Academy Awards, Chris Rock went a step too far after clowning Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairdo. In return, Will Smith confronted Chris and slapped him in the face.
The moment spawned a number of memes. In addition to the incident between Will and Chris, the internet caught Lupita Nyong’o’s reaction.
The Oscars’ most memorable moment, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, was instantly turned into a meme template, with new versions popping up every minute. https://t.co/V548hWFEFy pic.twitter.com/R0XXEZW2Zz
— Know Your Meme (@knowyourmeme) March 28, 2022
Lupita realized the slap by Will Smith Chris Rock was real and represents me pic.twitter.com/AJlnlBwiTm
— Ruby (@17MINUTESX) March 28, 2022
LUPITA WAS US ALL #Oscars pic.twitter.com/UeUxXT0nvf
— Queens of Bravo (@queensofbravo) March 28, 2022
April: Viola Davis as Michelle Obama
When Viola Davis portrayed Michelle Obama in The First Lady, the internet had some mixed feelings about Viola pursing her lips for the role. The jokes were all very funny though!
Father GOD pic.twitter.com/ff8ybgZPZB
— The Bulletin (@onthebulletin) April 15, 2022
Viola Davis plays Michelle Obama: pic.twitter.com/MHQ8wns4OS
— K (@sirK88) April 18, 2022
Viola Davis once saw Michelle Obama do the lip thing and ran with it 😭 pic.twitter.com/qN6F20GH3I
— Achumile Martin (@achumilem1) April 21, 2022
Viola Davis plays Michelle Obama: 😗
— lea (@bigfatmoosepsis) April 16, 2022
May: “Legs, Hips, Body” by Kandi Burruss
Kandi Burruss’ “Legs, Hips, Body” became a HIT online back in May for its humorous meme potential.
They were on tiktok calling this a BBL ritual song y’all pic.twitter.com/S3m90BWFyx
— Creator ☆ (@TEXASTITTIE) May 20th
— tre (@tectrl) May 21, 2022
Legssss’nnnn Hipssssss’nnnn BAH DEE BAH DEEEEE 😭 pic.twitter.com/ZIiFeea3Dk
— ChainzWrld (@JustChainz) May 23, 2022
June: The vengeful elephant
A story about an elephant tumbling down the funeral of an Indian woman to trample her corpse circulated earlier this year and sparked a lot of conversation around the internet.
With a situation this overwhelming, it’s no surprise that she ended up getting pinned!
I’m thinking about how the elephant knew the time, day and place of the burial pic.twitter.com/oSoSntQ0kY
— FitnessByBravo (@TotalMaxFitness) June 17, 2022
Oprah: So after you killed her, you went to the funeral and stepped on her some more?
Elephant: Sure. pic.twitter.com/caHkdIwqEp
— Mamba Out ✌🏾✌🏾 (@kcjj_04) June 16, 2022
the elephant the night before this woman’s funeral pic.twitter.com/LAszW5BXev
— Beautiful Game Hacking Goon with the lovely GLUTES (@TheDgtalEmpress) June 16, 2022
the elephant at this lady’s funeral: pic.twitter.com/DkCkT7fuuT
— 𝐊𝐚𝐲 🦢 (@kayoss) June 16, 2022
This elephant that came to the funeral defffff gave energy to the black air force😭 pic.twitter.com/XDrOUnsCaE
— Ed🗽🤠🇨🇴 (@myVisaExpired) June 16, 2022
July: Mr Men & Little Miss Memes
Last summer, memes based on characters from the Mr. Men and Little Miss series flooded the internet.
Because the template was so simple yet effective, it was easy for many users to join in the fun.
Which Mr Men parody meme are you based on your astrological placements?
All photos by Starbucksslayqueen on TikTok pic.twitter.com/pV7fohIOuG
— Astro memes for nepo baby teens (@magstrology) July 10, 2022
It’s me, I’m Little Miss pic.twitter.com/Tzg7XebQDB
— fritzstanacct (@roseybunni) July 19, 2022
Making Mr. Men memes about men who have wronged you in the past is basically free therapy pic.twitter.com/lxr0UMsnzL
— ✿ nadia ✿ (@lonesomevenus) July 21, 2022
August: ‘It’s corn!’
After a web series called Recess Therapy interviewed a kid named Tariq about corn, his enthusiasm for the food became a popular meme.
In addition, a collaboration with Chipotle came about, as well as a catchy song.
I’ve been laughing for 5 minutes and tears are running down my face pic.twitter.com/J4RtLq9l65
— Miniature Mayhem™️ (@MelDubs) August 31, 2022
IT’S CORN!!!! 🌽 pic.twitter.com/HbJHKyqEiJ
— Doug the Pug (@itsdougtepug) August 30, 2022
I to myself: 🌽 IT’S CORN 🌽
I think I found my weekly anthem XD pic.twitter.com/A7Lbpu5zLf
— KHALID◢ RJ ◤ (@KM___moe) September 2, 2022
Waiting for it pic.twitter.com/4ivkt8YJMy
— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) August 27, 2022
September: Rihanna’s Super Bowl announcement
On September 25, Rihanna stunned fans after bluntly announcing that she would be performing at the 2023 Super Bowl. Her announcement came through a photo of her tattooed hand holding a soccer ball and started a trend among brands.
Some of the companies that have jumped on the trend are Popeyes and Dairy Queen, which effectively turned Rihanna’s announcement into an entire social media marketing tactic.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 25, 2022
— Popeyes (@Popeyes) September 26, 2022
— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) September 26, 2022
October: Ghost Halloween Costumes
As the internet geared up for the spooky season, memes surrounding the well-known Spirit Halloween costume bags took off.
From celebrities to humorous topics, everything had the potential to be faked by this meme template.
November: Kamala Harris sings “Wheels On The Bus”
Vice President Kamala Harris was caught laughing at her rendition of “Wheels on the Bus” and Twitter users became OBSESSED.
While videos of Kamala collapsing on herself are nothing new, something about this incident seems to have struck a different note. In fact, she’s even been compared to the Joker.
The Joker before he blows up a bus in Gotham pic.twitter.com/fx2Gde4yeC
— ༺𝒢𐀔𝒥༻ (@gothjafar) November 10, 2022
Kamala The Wheels on The Bus revolves around pic.twitter.com/WXb0g2zlyu
— Allison Reese Alien Superstar (@alienreese) November 12, 2022
kamala harris singing the wheels on the bus go back and forth reaction video stan twitter meme pic.twitter.com/1nCDaIE7nr
— The Meme Archive (@TheMemesArchive) November 14, 2022
December: Dead celebrity prank
Finally, we have to acknowledge a recent social media trend that focuses on TikTokers pranking older adults. In particular, the videos focus on people recording their parents’ reactions to fake news about the deaths of loved ones.
In addition to the videos themselves, people are also faking the trend on Twitter with fictional characters.
No, I’m as miserable as these poor women pic.twitter.com/b964vDMYRG
— ً (@waitisovah) December 24, 2022
Lois Griffin DEAD AT 43 pic.twitter.com/uhmTyeKrTl
— Patty LaCerva 💌𓆦 (@minasdemon) December 25,
omg stop Charlie Brown died at 6
— Sarah Schauer 🦂 (@sarahschauer) December 25, 2022
Check out these notable memes and trends and get ready to see what 2023 has in store!