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Prince put freaks out in front, put women out in front, put black people out in front.
— Evan Narcisse (@EvNarc) April 21, 2016
prince was the greatest. i am crushed.
— maura johnston (@maura) April 21, 2016
I dumped someone once because he didn’t like Prince
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) April 21, 2016
Emotion spilled freely on social media—some of it aimed at the day itself.
And even beyond that, to the year in which this tragedy befell us.
Prince has left us too. 2016 man. And it’s only April.
— Giorgio A. Tsoukalos (@Tsoukalos) April 21, 2016
In no time at all, a movement had taken shape. While less than four months old, 2016 was coming to an end. With the loss of David Bowie, Merle Haggard, people were fed up, disgusted by, and “done with” 2016.
its not even the end of 2016 but im done with it
— paula (@prxncesspaula) April 21, 2016
im so done with 2016.
— PAPA TEN (@TennyRudolph) April 21, 2016
Alright I’m done with you 2016, I’m opening up a hell mouth and burning this year down
— Markham Lee (@magnus99k) April 21, 2016
That’s it. I’m done with 2016.
— ScooтaTails★ (@ScootaTails) April 21, 2016
Yeah, I’m officially done with 2016
— JenTheBrown✌ (@bunnie1129) April 21, 2016
2016 has been so disrespectful to me, I’m completely done with this year
— listen linda (@b4squiat) April 21, 2016
I just canceled 2016, Rip Prince xoxo
— Gyimah Gariba (@GyimahG) April 21, 2016
But for many, merely canceling 2016 doesn’t go far enough. These people have been personally wounded by 2016—a period encompassing not just several music legends’ deaths but a U.S. election cycle that seems to threaten the fabric of shared reality—and they want bloody revenge.
Burn 2016 to the ground.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) April 21, 2016
Governments of the world: we need to end the war on drugs and do the smart – no, the *right* thing.
We need to declare war on 2016.
— Bugman Protagonist (@dwstatic) April 21, 2016
2016 better hope that I never find out where it lives.
— Andy Mannion (@andymannion77) April 21, 2016
With 2016 at an end, whether by violent means or not, we’re only left to wonder what to expect from 2017, a year that has begun eight months early.
Wow Prince is dead. What in the hell is up with 2016???? Can we skip ahead to 2017 please???
— lauren || hedgie mom (@laurennx7) April 21, 2016
Sounds pretty promising all around. Of course, you can’t win ’em all…
Maybe we need to skip to 2018. Just to be on the safe side.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'