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‘Girls don’t want a boyfriend’ meme leaves boyfriends in 2019

Girls want Zendaya.


Libby Cohen

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 22, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 5:17 pm CDT

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.


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.


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 Josephine Langford,” @Afterselena_ meme’d.

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.

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.


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.

Some Twitter users in the comments said that the tweet hypersexualized the minors.

“Girls just want to be girls. Stop hypersexualizing them,” @thekimcatcher replied.


“So none of y’all gonna talk about how they’re minors and this is definitely sexualized media huh????” @MaxGallegos14 replied.

Maybe in 2020, girls—and everyone else—really just want respectful tweets.


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*First Published: Jan 22, 2020, 11:21 am CST