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Apple’s AirPods have had quite the Christmas season. Their popularity make them difficult to keep on shelves during the holidays, and they were a top contender on Christmas lists everywhere. The wireless headphones even became a trending topic on Twitter.
“AirPods for Christmas” actually stirred up thousands of tweets, at first making fun of AirPod users. Then seemingly overnight, the jokes turned to AirPods memes calling them must-have fashion accessory for the elite—and even the not-so-elite. They’re a status symbol just within reach for, well, a lot of people.
Top 10 richest people (Forbes 2018)
1. Airpod users
2. Amazon CEO
3. Bill Gates
4. People who refuse to shop at Walmart
5. Mark Zuckerberg
7. People who say "let's get this bread"
8. Floyd Mayweather
10. People with "entrepreneur" or "💰" in their bio
— michael (@m_chael) December 22, 2018
In the first page of the AirPod instructions it says you’re aloud to spit on anyone who doesn’t have AirPods
— EMMY (@emmymhartman) December 26, 2018
airpod users welcoming new members who received them for christmas pic.twitter.com/90KZyhC9v3
— Meninist (@MeninistTweet) December 26, 2018
Airpod users be like pic.twitter.com/NXAUBaQDMA
— Don Abdo ⚜️ (@Abd_HajYahia) December 25, 2018
I hope a lot of your AirPod haters get AirPods for Christmas so y’all can stop talking shit and finally join the wealthiest society on this planet
— sebastian (@martinsteezo) December 24, 2018
Me: *walking into a bar*
Bouncer: “ID please”
Me: *puts in my AirPods*
Bouncer: [thinking I’m a celebrity] “Right this way sir”
— ryan tallant (@taIIant) December 26, 2018
The meme sarcastically implies that only the richest can afford the iPhone accessory. While not cheap, a pair only cost around $175, which is around the price of other wireless headphone brands.
People are comparing AirPods to Beats-brand headphones, joking that Beats equal broke.
AirPods user : Smells like broke ppl in here
Beats user : pic.twitter.com/9o7C5B1INh
— £ (@M1_LCG) December 26, 2018
My mom frickin got me studio beats instead of AirPods. Wtf now everyone is gonna think we’re poor, someone PLEASE adopt me 😡🙏🏽
— jack (@jackstandal1) December 25, 2018
My mom buying me and my brother Beats instead of AirPods was a real subtle way of saying my Dad lost his job and we were losing the house.
— Vinny (@vinny_fav) December 25, 2018
Wait.. $160 for AirPods makes you rich but when beats were $200-$400 nobody said a damn thing 😂
— Victor Madu (@GOAT_vicc) December 26, 2018
Why are AirPods such a flex when my wireless beats solo 3’s were double the price???? y’all still smell like broke but go off I guess 🤷🏻♀️😂
— daisy🌼 (@princesadaisyy) December 26, 2018
The fact that the wireless beats cost more then AirPods 😂😂
— Queen 🧚🏾♀️ (@sanderswere) December 27, 2018
The memes are new, but AirPods aren’t a recent addition to the Apple brand family. They’ve been out since 2016 and were released with the iPhone 7.
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.