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It’s 2020, and girls on the internet no longer want boyfriends (or cars and money). Instead, according to the newest Twitter meme, girls want to date celebrity icons from singer Zendaya to actress Margot Robbie.
The viral meme starts like this: “Girls don’t want a boyfriend, they want…” and ends with a popular female that everyone dreams of dating. Regardless of sexuality, many can relate to the meme that leaves boyfriends in the past.
“Girls don’t want a boyfriend they want Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie,” @russianwidsw tweeted.
girls don't want a boyfriend they want Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie pic.twitter.com/xrDlAxWg6p— ᴀɴɴᴀ (@russianwidsw) January 20, 2020
The girl-power meme would be incomplete without Zendaya in the mix.
“Girls don’t want a boyfriend they want Zendaya and Ana De Armas,” @auntiedyke tweeted.
girls don’t want a boyfriend they want zendaya and ana de armas pic.twitter.com/TPFiSDknBC— a (@auntiedyke) January 20, 2020
Other female celebrities, including actress Victoria Pedretti, were included in the anti-boyfriend meme. Pedretti just made her way into the public sphere as a new character on Netflix’s You.
“Girls don’t want a boyfriend they want Victoria Pedretti,” @needitdigital tweeted.
girls don’t want a boyfriend they want victoria pedretti pic.twitter.com/5ifCsQi3S8— bri (@needitdigital) January 20, 2020
“Girls don’t want a boyfriend they want Josephine Langford,” @Afterselena_ meme’d.
girls don't want a boyfriend they want josephine langford pic.twitter.com/syWYz1hFqo— juana (@afterselena_) January 21, 2020
Players from the USA Women’s Soccer team were also included in the meme.
“Girls don’t want a boyfriend. Girls want [Lindsey Horan] to do this to them,” @ohararoyalsfc tweeted.
girls don’t want a boyfriend. girls want l*ndsey h*ran to do this to them. pic.twitter.com/GEJFLtxB6E— erin (@ohararoyalsfc) January 19, 2020
And male celebrities aren’t totally excluded. South Korea singer Jungwoo from NCT made the cut.
“Girls don’t want boyfriends,,, they want a jungwoo comeback,” @nominqt tweeted.
Girls don’t want boyfriends,,,— 𝙟𝙚𝙣𝙤 𝙪𝙡𝙩 ♡ ely (@nominqt) January 22, 2020
They want a jungwoo comeback 😔🤚🏻 pic.twitter.com/OG0oxYqAj8
One rendition of the meme sparked controversy among Netflix’s Stranger Things fans with its mention of actresses Millie Bobby Brown, 15, and Sadie Sink, 17.
“Girls don’t want a boyfriend they want Sadie sink and Millie Bobby Brown,” a fan account tweeted.
girls don't want a boyfriend they want sadie sink and millie bobby brown pic.twitter.com/3mXd3cWAj2— am (@finnwolfhsrd) January 19, 2020
Some Twitter users in the comments said that the tweet hypersexualized the minors.
“Girls just want to be girls. Stop hypersexualizing them,” @thekimcatcher replied.
girls just want to be girls. stop hypersexualizing them https://t.co/Hbwf2NMxSu— kim 💫 (@thekimcatcher) January 22, 2020
“So none of y’all gonna talk about how they’re minors and this is definitely sexualized media huh????” @MaxGallegos14 replied.
So none of y’all gonna talk about how they’re minors and this is definitely sexualized media huh????— Tater Skin (@MaxGallegos14) January 20, 2020
Maybe in 2020, girls—and everyone else—really just want respectful tweets.
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.