Meme economy reports: now is the time to invest in Gnarly Davidson!!!
Is Gnarly Davidson the next big meme?
Early reports this morning are saying that Syd Weiler's beloved Trash Doves have been co-opted by the alt-right. When Nazis take something as innocent as a spastic floppy bird drawing from us, what can we do? Why do Nazis have to ruin everything pure and good?
But as the meme sun sets on Trash Doves, it rises for Gnarly Davidson, which is the name of Cee Lo Green's new alternate persona that appeared last night's Grammy Awards. Gnarly Davidson – a portmanteau of Gnarls Barkley and Harley-Davidson – looks like a cross between C3PO and Zordon from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and he's already sneaking into memes everywhere.
Here are some early Gnarly Davidson memes; we guarantee these won't be the last you see of him.
I edited Ceelo Green into the background of pics of Trump in his apartment and holy shit 😂😂😂 https://t.co/VurY7DMJ1w— Jesse McLaren (@Jesse McLaren)1486947516.0
Is Gnarly Davidson the next big meme? Early Google Trends reports have valued Gnarly Davidson slightly above Trash Doves, and while both are more popular than #SaltBae, neither seem anywhere close to "Howbow Dah." By the way, if you still haven't sold your #SaltBae stock, now is definitely the time.
Meme interest report from Google Trends
In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
In Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, which premiered as a radio series on BBC Radio4 in 1978 (42 years ago—but more about the significance of that number later), Earth is suddenly blown up in order to make room for an intergalactic superhighway. Now, in a year that has—after only 3 months, people—given us a contentious, confusing democratic primary, the death of Kobe Bryant, new and worsening facts about our climate and habitat at large, appalling leadership, and of course the rapid spread of and global shutdowns by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems impossible to turn to any source for comfort.
Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.