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Sometimes, there really is no such thing as too much dramatic emphasis.
Enter the internet’s latest hot meme: ‘and I cannot stress this enough.’ It started blowing up in August when Twitter users began ‘stressing’ the importance of everything from social justice to celebrity crushes. About one week into September, the meme really gained traction across all of Twitter. Now, it’s raising the stakes for long-running Twitter jokes, movie quotes, and even famous lines in literature.
‘And I Cannot Stress This Enough’ memes
For example, Twitter user @kaytaylorrea is simply overcome by the sheer power of this picture of Taika Waititi and Jon Hamm.
what, and I cannot stress this enough, the fuck am I supposed to do with this pic.twitter.com/VdWN1hmNhI— Kay Taylor Rea (@kaytaylorrea) September 9, 2019
Speaking of power, Hozier’s magnetic stage presence is definitely worth emphasizing.
he is (and i cannot stress this enough) truly baby everyone else can go home pic.twitter.com/PgmCRF77CY— 𝐦𝐢𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚 (@shunthelight) September 8, 2019
This Monsta X fan really needs the world to understand the vocal prowess of Yoo Kihyun.
yoo kihyun everyone. he's fucking incredible— jay ☾ (@flywithlM) August 11, 2019
best, and i cannot stress this enough, fucking vocalist pic.twitter.com/RL0GmlXgwK
Twitter user @jxhnwicks just wants to shield Keanu Reeves from this ugly, harsh world. And honestly, who doesn’t?
protect (and I cannot stress this enough) this man at all costs . pic.twitter.com/7DwEzDLi5I— ♡ (@jxhnwicks) September 9, 2019
Some folks on Twitter are taking advantage of the meme to make some commentary on their favorite movies and shows.
here's a picture of best bros staring into eachother's eyes in the most heterosexual way possible... as bros. no (and i cannot stress this enough) homo pic.twitter.com/vCt4HSMf90— ♡ (@dazaisshrooms) September 2, 2019
We - and I cannot stress this enough - are one day closer to seeing Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker.— Adam Lance Garcia (@AdamLanceGarcia) September 9, 2019
There are quite a few yee yee community tie-ins, as well.
yee- and i cannot stress this enough- haw pic.twitter.com/YC7YgrSc5v— big pouch ken (@isawken) September 1, 2019
Yee— mαriss (@marisscott) September 10, 2019
and I cannot stress this enough
Yee and I cannot stress this enough HAW pic.twitter.com/f81FLsZtpd— Sarah 🌹 (@sarahjean913) September 9, 2019
Over time, the meme evolved to poke fun of well-known book quotes.
Everyone loves a good Pride and Prejudice callback.
A single man in possession of a good fortune must, and I cannot stress this enough, be in want of a wife.— Diya Mishra (@thedimishra) September 6, 2019
Truly, Homer wishes he could’ve written this line.
Sing, Goddess, and I cannot stress this enough, sing of the rage of Achilles. https://t.co/qpYQSm18NF— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) September 8, 2019
The versatility of this book meme format really is limitless.
The past, and I cannot stress this enough, is a foreign country.— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) September 8, 2019
You’re a wizard— and I cannot stress this enough— Harry!!!’— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) September 8, 2019
I love to participate in the day’s latest meme.
It was a dark, and I cannot stress this enough, stormy night. https://t.co/25pebysV3j— 100% That Witch (@RachelHeine) September 7, 2019
This book trend naturally turned into a playful mockery of lines from beloved films.
When this baby hits eighty-eight miles an hour, you’re going to see —and I cannot stress this enough— some serious shit. pic.twitter.com/LdPeL6GwGf— Chris Evans' Beard (Not Chris Evans) (@EvansBeard) September 9, 2019
I didn't, and I cannot stress this enough, kill my wife. https://t.co/0bXEIVBpVo— Tybee Diskin (@hellotybeeren) September 8, 2019
You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you, and I cannot stress this enough, how deep the rabbit hole goes. https://t.co/onlbObCRL1— Amy Vorpahl 🎲🐉🏰 (@vorpahlsword) September 8, 2019
The name's Bond -and I cannot stress this enough- James Bond https://t.co/3BRP1N6iQc— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) September 9, 2019
Even Elijah Wood, known for playing Frodo in the Lord of the Rings films, got in on the fun. Who knew he was a Star Wars fans?
No - and I can’t stress this enough - I am your father.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) September 8, 2019
Meanwhile, political Twitter has been having a ball.
Im, and I cannot stress this enough, peach the motherfucker.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) September 9, 2019
Prisons - and I cannot stress this enough - should be abolished.— Morgan M Page (@morganmpage) September 9, 2019
Lastly, of course, comes Horny Twitter’s contributions.
tattoos are and i absolutely cannot stress this enough SEXY AS FUCK— Horny Facts™ (@HornyFacts) September 9, 2019
i literally squirmed and moaned in the cinema after he said that i cannot stress this enough HE IS SO SEXY https://t.co/qY9qWqh7PZ— saira (@sairaspooks) September 10, 2019
After all, it can hardly be called a meme unless—and I cannot stress this enough—people are using it to be horny on main.
Anna Maria Ward is the social media editor of the Daily Dot. Her work focuses on the intersections of entertainment, pop culture, and social justice. She previously contributed to the Houston Chronicle and Orange magazine.