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‘Me Explaining’ meme shows what moms put up with from their kids

No, I'm not done explaining the secret meaning behind every Taylor Swift song, mom.


Rachel Kiley

Internet Culture

Posted on May 31, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:29 am CDT

We’ve all got our topics we could give a full-blown TED Talk on at a moment’s notice to an empty room. And we all know exactly what it feels like to start talking about those things to the people in our lives only to feel like we might as well be talking to an empty room.

Naturally, there’s a meme for that.

People have started pairing up a screenshot of YouTuber and ex-Viner Quenlin Blackwell looking like she’s tearfully explaining something with a photo of Ms. Juicy from Little Women: Atlanta looking up with a numbingly blank stare.

Together, these shots have formed the basis of a meme aiming to convey how it feels to care passionately about something only to have somebody…not care so passionately.

And they’re pretty relatable.

But even though the me/mom format fits the photos well, this meme isn’t just for parents and kids. As we all know, there are plenty of people in our lives who are more than willing to give us The Blank Stare if we go on for too long about something they could never understand the way we do.

And sometimes the entity we’re explaining to doesn’t even need to be a person. Actually, sometimes these are the MOST relatable of all.

But of course, where there’s an excellent meme, creativity will inevitably continue to bubble over, shifting it even further from its original form.

But one thing every iteration of this meme has in common is…maybe we should all find people who are a little more interested in the things we care about.

Nah. They’ll learn. Maybe we should explain a little more.


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*First Published: May 31, 2019, 4:05 pm CDT