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Americans keep joking about North Korea bombing them for Christmas—and it’s only kind of funny
Kim Jong-un promised the U.S. a ‘Christmas gift’ at the beginning of December—and Americans turned the threat into Christmas Day memes.
In early December 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ominously promised to give the U.S. a “Christmas gift.” While North Korea made this thinly-veiled threat amidst tension-filled nuclear talks, it’s still unclear as to what this “gift” might be. However, North Americans are making the best of the circumstances by turning their impending doom into Christmas gift memes. After all, what better time to morbidly meme than the holidays?
Starting in the wee hours of Christmas morning, Twitter users in the U.S. and Canada started joking about North Korea bombing them. Everyone who woke up to scores of tweets about a nuclear attack was as horrified as they were amused. Needless to say, some people erred more on the side of paranoia.
Me waking up to see twitter was cooking kim jong un and daring him to nuke the US all of last night pic.twitter.com/ZxYEein4La— Minkah Fitzpatricks Son (@Justinwalny1) December 25, 2019
When I wake up to see Twitter has been provoking Kim Jong Un & North Korea to nuke us all night pic.twitter.com/mOgTNzonBo— SSGSS Goatgeta🇸🇻 (@slvdrts) December 25, 2019
As “North Korea,” “Kim Jong Un,” and the hashtag #NorthKoreaChristmasGift all began to trend on Twitter, several users were consumed by one question: What on earth does Jong-un think about all these Christmas gift memes?
Is he bummed because he actually wants to give the U.S. a wholesome present? Are the jokes provoking him to nuke us? Is he embarrassed by the memes? The world may never know.
checking my mailbox after roasting Kim Jong Un pic.twitter.com/kG5bQiZFyS— dmentus (@dmentus_) December 25, 2019
When Kim Jong Un orders to nuke the United States after all the memes we did about North Korea pic.twitter.com/iZf3NOuFXp— ＰＩΞ ＲＯ ™ (@pierobuccellato) December 25, 2019
Regardless, it seems that North Korea might have seriously overestimated people’s will to live. Some Twitter users were more than ready for Jong-un’s Christmas gift. After all, who doesn’t long for the sweet release of death these days?
Kim Jong Un: Man ahah its gonna be real funny when i say i got a present for them man ahah theyre gonna be so scared.— Salad tweets rarely (@SaladLovesYou2) December 25, 2019
The US hearing they might die sooner than expected: pic.twitter.com/x0TVH9Zc6w
However, the majority of Christmas gift memes were pretty cheeky. Some Twitter users were sitting back in anticipation of America retaliating.
American troops paying Kim Jong Un a visit after North Korea attempts to nuke the US pic.twitter.com/rKvLkCztMk— dmentus (@dmentus_) December 25, 2019
I just wanna remind kim jong un that we still got shooters like this living in the U.S before he decides to try some mark ass shit 😤 pic.twitter.com/MdhgN8l9e7— Ol’ Dirty Nigerian Bastard💜💛 (@The_Real_Odera) December 25, 2019
Moreover, some Twitter users blatantly dared Jong-un to send the damn thing. Where’s the Christmas gift, Kim?
all of US twitter rn because they actually woke up instead of getting nuked by kim jong un and north korea pic.twitter.com/BewOfzZwSG— kelly (@kellyanhmaii) December 25, 2019
me to kim jong un because we haven’t gotten our gift from north korea yet pic.twitter.com/wRMBXmbKs1— Nolen wants george mackay to be their bf (@nolenmadden) December 25, 2019
Still others were ready to throw hands with Kim Jong-un in an all-out brawl. Say what you want about Americans, but they’re bold.
good luck kim jong un , i’m on ya ass>:) pic.twitter.com/NL86I6sNH6— tye (@BlackForcesTye) December 25, 2019
However, less combative members were more interested in diffusing any possible conflict. This Twitter demographic brainstormed a variety of ways to prevent Jong-un from sending the Christmas gift altogether. Their methods ranged from creative distractions to outright begging, and some were more compelling than others.
me trying to convince kim jong un to not hit the big red button on his desk pic.twitter.com/FIz9yoQbSs— ♡ prince seb ♡ (@1800slater) December 25, 2019
Me trying to distract Kim Jong Un from launching the North Korea missiles pic.twitter.com/BqYKtXXhoL— Madison (@madisonnmgg) December 25, 2019
me at kim jong un's office to tell him to cancel the missile bc i just opened some really good clothes on christmas and imma need a week to wear them in public pic.twitter.com/tt3uNy39qD— lily # (@CHANRAClST) December 25, 2019
Bombing memes aside, perhaps the Christmas day gift isn’t nuke-related after all. President Trump recently speculated that maybe Kim Jong-un intended to send a “nice present” like “a beautiful vase, as opposed to a missile test.” While few were convinced that a decorative vase is in store, some Twitter users began guessing at the nature of a non-nuclear gift. Might it be a Rihanna album? A new hairstyle? NSFW content on Twitter?
What if North Korea’s gift is Rihanna’s album?— Xiomara (@XiomaraSustaita) December 24, 2019
kim jong un told americans to prepare for a gift from him this christmas and the tl been full of dick pics since— daniel (@angryhippy01) December 22, 2019
What about that priceless photoshoot Jong-un already graced us with? No other gift could possibly compare.
Everyone seems to be forgetting that Kim Jong Un already gave us his Christmas present pic.twitter.com/aXLm3jffQI— Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) December 25, 2019
Of course, some folks were just happy to get a Christmas gift at all.
kim jong un’s giving me more christmas gifts than my dad ever has pic.twitter.com/1JKzXPWeWj— david (@WH1TEFERRAR1) December 25, 2019
While this is certainly an optimistic take on the situation, hopefully North Korea’s threat remains just that—a threat. Surely we can all do without one more present this holiday season.
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.