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Memers Challenge Gay Stereotypes Just in Time for Pride

It's almost June, and most cities are gearing up for what is bound to be a raucous post-Covid celebration around the world. At this point, we know what to expect: lots of rainbows, free condoms, happy dancing, and a whole lot of brands making shallow attempts to market to queer people. The annual and obvious pandering is so blatant that it's inspired its own set of memes regarding how quickly corporations seem to remember (and then forget) the LGBT community. This year, the first brand-mocking callouts hail from Twitter, and are coming in much earlier than usual.  


Instead of focusing merely on cringey brands, the Twitter meme (the brainchild of @kewlshrek) contrasts how marketers portray gay people with how gay people - and gay friends - actually look and behave. Where adverts tell you that gay people are flamboyant, loud, and decked our in rainbows, these Twitter users want the world to know that their friends are generally represented by people who are just a bit more complex. In some of the memes, that means goths and vampires. In others? Ethereal elves and even characters from Recess. We appreciate that the memes and funny and ring true. But it's also just good to see reductive depictions get the meme treatment - while also giving people who don't fit into those stereotypes a little more representation. 

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Burger King Dragged For Attempt To Use Sexist Tweet As Bait

Apparently Burger King woke up on International Women's Day and chose misogyny. Early this morning, @BurgerKingUK tweeted 'Women belong in the kitchen.' But don't worry, they were only being ironic! They followed up the tweet with two replies announcing their mission to 'change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career.' It's not just a tweet either—Burger King ran a huge print ad in the New York Times featuring 'Women belong in the kitchen' in bold text. It's amusing to imagine the marketing team come up with this one and pass the idea all the way up the chain.

Twitter is not feeling the ironic misogyny, to say the least. The tweet has since been shared over 140k times, mostly accompanied by hot takes and spicy roasts. We've collected some of the funniest reactions to Burger King's epic fail. Sorry BK, but you're no Wendy's.

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Disappointing Times People Were Victims Of Dishonest Advertising

You can't always be sure that what you purchase online is going to be exactly what the picture shows. All you can really do is read the reviews and, at the end of the day, put your trust in the Amazon gods. After that it's up to the divine powers of eCommerce whether you get a working product or something completely and utterly disappointing like what these people got - some prime examples of expectation vs. reality!

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Twitter Thread Calls Out Hypocrisy Of 'Woke' Brands' Black Lives Matter Posts

As the country nears a week of protests following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, there's been an influx of people and brands showing their support on social media. #BlackoutTuesday, which happened yesterday, was probably the largest show of virtual solidarity yet. The "movement," which was mostly on Instagram and Twitter, called for the "muting" of usual programming such as work promotions, art, and lifestyle posting. To show support, many people and brands began posting black squares to their timelines, as an attempt to highlight black voices and information regarding police brutality. Early in the day there was a backlash regarding the apparent censorship of these very voices - it seemed many social users were hashtagging #Blacklivesmatter and creating a literal blackout of important movement information. But as @RespectableLaw, a progressive lawyer who supports working families, pointed out in a fascinating Twitter thread, there are other problems with the squareposting.

Many big brands, from Nike to Microsoft, were eager to adopt the passive show of support. At first glance, it's nice to see corporations take the side of the people who make them profitable. @RespectableLaw, however, took to Twitter to show how many of these brands have extremely shady and inhumane business practices. Most of them have used child labor. There may not be such a thing as ethical consumption right now, but it's important to realize that brands are not your friends - and they have a lot of work to do before their passive shows of solidarity are taken seriously,.

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Fresh Twitter Gems To Amuse The Masses

What if we told you that you could enjoy fresh amusement from Twitter without seeing all the crazies and wannabe politicians doing their thing? That's what our Twitter galleries are all about. We put together these short and sweet gems so you can avoid the minefield that is social media. There's something here for everyone, whether you're looking for memes or simple one-liners. Happy scrolling!

Funny random tweets, relatable tweets, cute tweets, twitter gems, dating, relationships, lockdown, quarantine | drake gatsby @DrakeGatsby Having vasectomy is just real life version putting Sims pool and deleting ladder 7:45 PM 5/11/20 Twitter iPhone
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22 Design Fails By Dummies Who Only Had One Job

We get that sometimes mistakes get made. Even very embarrassing mistakes where people laugh at you for years. That's just a normal part of life. 

Where we draw this line of empathy, however, is when brands f*ck up so royally that one can't help but do a double-take. If you're still not on our side here, just think about how each of these designs likely had to go through multiple levels of editor-approval before being printed! Yikes...

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Brands Are Changing Their Logos To Reflect Social Distancing Measures

In light of recent events, brands have started recreating their logos to reflect social distancing efforts. While it's most likely just a ploy to lure in more customers, we hope it'll actually influence people to continue staying at home in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. And can we just say that we do feel a little bad for Corona (beer) right now?

Funny brand logos that reflect social distancing | Starbucks mermaid logo wearing a face mask | Corona beer Need new name. Extra
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Baby Nut Is Inspiring Some Hilariously Violent & Angry Tweets

Planters Nuts had teased their Super Bowl ad since the untimely demise of their mascot, Mr. Peanut. Unfortunately, the funeral-themed bit didn't sit as well with viewers as they had anticipated. The ad shows mascots mourning the monocle'd peanut in a cemetery, when the Kool-Aid man's tears cause "Baby Nut" to emerge from the dirt, a mascot reborn. 

The move is a pretty obvious nod to the popularity of Baby Yoda, and many people found the move to be a cheap exploitation of the public's affinity for cute characters. These feelings were then channeled into some seriously Anti-Baby Nut tweets that made us wonder if peanut allergies are more prevalent than we thought. Whatever the case, the passionate contempt for the small legume is vastly entertaining. We can't wait to see what Planters does to spin this one. 

 

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Planters Just Killed Off Mr. Peanut & Twitter Has Mixed Feelings About It

In what can only been seen as peak late stage capitalism, Planters announced today on Twitter that their mascot Mr. Peanut has died in an act of heroic sacrifice. According to a pre-Super Bowl advertisement, the beloved monocled peanut passed while saving two friends from a terrifying car wreck. 

According to a press release, the company will be broadcasting Mr. Peanut's funeral during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Twitter users are reacting to this "news" with a mixture of grief, puns, memes and outrage. The outrage comes from people who think it's absolutely insane that advertising has stopped to the level of "killing" fictional characters before the most profitable advertising event in the country. We're inclined to agree, but some of these jokes (particularly the ones regarding peanut allergies) are too good for us to ignore. 

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Design Fails That Really Should've Gotten A Second Opinion

Designing something for a product is apparently really hard - that, or the people making this stuff were incredibly overworked or just straight up clueless. Either way, the marketing teams hardcore need to step up their game. 

But hey, at least these fail-filled pics give us a decent amount of entertainment, right?

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Brands & Trolls Embrace Destructive 'Don't Have A Bookmark' Memes

An ancient meme from @shitheadsteve about using ketchup as a bookmark has started a serious Twitter trend almost three years later. The meme seems to have kicked off with a goofy tweet from Chex Mix, suggesting using their snack food as a way to keep your place while reading. Brands such as Vitamin Water and Steak-umm quickly followed suit with their own destructive bookmark ideas. While the trending meme is ruffling the feathers of serious book nerds, far more people are having their own goofy fun. Here are some of our favorite shitty bookmark life hacks. Just don't use them on your first editions.

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This Overly Dramatic Subway Ad Has Been The Victim Of Utter Mockery By Memers

It seems like every brand these days is using some profound human experience to sell their product in hopes that it'll insight some feelings in their customers. We've seen Burger King do it, and apparently now it's Subway's turn. 

Twitter user Ryan Simmons pointed out that a Subway commercial made in Brazil went completely over the top, to say the absolute least, in this new dramatic two-minute video. The seemingly heartfelt ad features a young boy coming of age and ends with him ordering a sandwich at Subway. How the hell Subway's marketing team thought that one up, we'll never know. 

The ad features the main character creeping on his own mother, peeing in a fountain, and shaving his head. Yeah, you're just going to have to watch it to even remotely understand what we're talking about.

This Overly Dramatic Subway Ad Has Been The Victim Of Utter Mockery By Memers
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28 Cringey Times Brands And Adults Tried To Speak Millennial

We're still not sure what "yeet" means, but there is absolutely no doubt in our minds that these people and brands really missed the mark with these sad attempts at seeming relevant. Culled from the depths of r/fellowkids, these images are proof that sometimes it's really best to not try at all. 

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