Gamora putting on lipstick

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Gamora putting on her lipstick has become an omnipresent ‘Avengers’ meme

'Pickles right before getting removed from a hamburger.'


Nahila Bonfiglio

Internet Culture

Published May 2, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 1:29 pm CDT

Between joking about the lighting in Game of Thrones, making new dance moves based on kills, and obsessing over America’s ass, the geeky memes have been plentiful in recent days. And after a week of pop culture being dominated by Avengers and Thrones, Gamora putting on her makeup has become a surprisingly versatile addition to the meme canon.

It all began with a video of Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, in mostly full character makeup applying her green lipstick. She posted it to Instagram three days ago—and now it’s everywhere.

The meme quickly became a reference to all green things, not just the deadliest woman in the galaxy. Soon, everything from lettuce to pickles was getting roasted using the brief video. The joke is that Saldana is a stand-in for a green object, getting ready to do something bold or evil or funny.

“[L]ettuce getting ready to give people e coli,” quipped user @jaboukie.

Saldana probably didn’t anticipate the love that her video got, but these reactions are gold. Or, should we say, green?


H/T A.V. Club

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*First Published: May 2, 2019, 9:30 am CDT