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The World War 3 memes are here—and they’re dark

Not everyone is laughing.


Nahila Bonfiglio

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Posted on Jan 3, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 6:55 pm CDT

Concern over a theoretical World War 3 is high, and people are expressing their anxiety through memes.

Following a drone strike carried out by the United States that killed two prominent Iranian officials, many Americans are concerned. People took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter and quickly turned to memes to communicate their feelings. Unsurprisingly, the waves of WWIII memes now sweeping the web are not sitting well with everyone.


Most of the memes poked fun at fear of getting drafted. Many draft-aged users are expressing their fear of the draft through funny, but ominous, posts. “Me after I fake my death to avoid getting drafted,” one user captioned a video.


Other memes centered around millennials and Gen-Z joking about their general lack of preparedness for war.


As the WWIII memes picked up speed online, they were met by a swift and fierce backlash. Disapproving users chided memers for their nonchalance, and for using memes as a “coping” mechanism. “Stop saying ur making memes about war as a ‘coping’ method,” one user wrote. “Every single one of u will be fine the people of iraq and iran will continue to suffer u people have nothing to be fucking coping for.”


War is not a fucking joke,” another user wrote. “It is a destructive and selfish act. 4,424 U.S. soldiers and an estimated 600K Iraqi civilians died in the Iraq war over WMDs that did not exist. So please stop with these #WWIII memes and instead call your Congress members and tell them #NoWarWithIran.”



Accusations that Black users, in particular, were at the center of the influx of memes suddenly shifted the focus for critics. Some started going after Twitter users of color, heaping criticism on their tweets for not taking the situation seriously. “Honestly, I’m not believing a lot of you right now when you say that war is not funny,” one user shot back at critics. “Twitter is such a performative space, I find it likely that many of you are declaring how unfunny Black Twitter is just for some retweets. All of it is pretty disgusting at this point.”

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Black Twitter, meanwhile, remained entirely unfazed by the criticism. “All of black twitter chillin in jail when we refuse to go to war,” one user wrote.




As of press time, the memes show no sign of slowing down.


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*First Published: Jan 3, 2020, 12:58 pm CST