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.
10 year old me— amina (@phenaminan) May 23, 2019
explaining why I need
5 chocolate scented
erasers from the
scholastic book fair: my mom: pic.twitter.com/hk6Pu7pI0f
me explaining to— gigi (@wiIIjem) May 23, 2019
my mom that
another one of my
died and listing the
reasons as to why
they deserved better my mom pic.twitter.com/Bhd2XZ1H8c
me at 10 years old my mom:— Hayden James (@hivings75) May 25, 2019
explaining why i
webkinz even tho
i already have 37: pic.twitter.com/DjYVBdMx9b
me explaining to my mom— Jackie (@Itsjackalacka) May 31, 2019
how her son is also capable
of washing dishes and
performing other house
hold duties: my mom: pic.twitter.com/Uw7lcVwyac
me: explaining to my mom:— shelby (@kruntinski) May 30, 2019
my mom that i have
best friends on
the internet that aren’t
trying to catfish me pic.twitter.com/RC2OqzyJ7k
6 year old me explaining to my mom why I needed BOTH Pokémon Gold and Silver pic.twitter.com/K4YgH5bO7c— kev (@sixtwokev) May 25, 2019
Me explaining to my— M Daddy (@maggiecurran_) May 24, 2019
mom the Tati James
Charles Jeffree star
drama: My mom: pic.twitter.com/BYsl3E9pTV
me explaining to my my mom— ash (@ag6deluxe) May 30, 2019
mom why endgame
hurt me so much
and why i need to see
it again pic.twitter.com/RmHpFa29S6
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.
me explaining my— mark hamill please complete the mutual (@avanaff) May 30, 2019
the lesbian friends
me explaining— ry (@ryymoss) May 28, 2019
to my boyfriend why
something trivial that
shouldn’t hurt my feelings
actually hurt my
feelings my boyfriend pic.twitter.com/XBqUwtz4dG
me explaining— jonny sun (@jonnysun) May 31, 2019
why i do not
deserve to be
happy and why
i am unworthy
of love: me: pic.twitter.com/3a7OSjEAyb
me explaining— ً (@tfatvvs) May 29, 2019
my love for
and celebrities locals pic.twitter.com/T2QnVlqWyO
Me explaining to— dana thee palestinian (@danalobad) May 28, 2019
my boss that I
literally will not know
what day I’m taking
off for Eid because
Muslims follow a
lunar calendar and
I have to wait for
someone in Saudi
Arabia to spot the
new moon: My boss: pic.twitter.com/DIv3tp7jBB
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.
me explaining— Elizabeth Zaks (@ElizabethZaks) May 29, 2019
a song I heard
years ago only
knowing the melody google pic.twitter.com/pCXHHH8e3i
But of course, where there’s an excellent meme, creativity will inevitably continue to bubble over, shifting it even further from its original form.
Pippin explaining— Middle earth (@LifeAtBagEnd) May 26, 2019
why he needs
second breakfast: Aragorn: pic.twitter.com/VlewVYjaJt
DON'T YOU— min (@hailpaimin) May 30, 2019
SWEAR AT ME
YOU LITTLE SHIT!
DON'T YOU EVER
RAISE YOUR VOICE
I AM YOUR MOTHER!
DO YOU UNDERSTAND?? pic.twitter.com/qY5yTfEnkB
me explaining to my— luis (@lluquiin) May 29, 2019
mom why we should
switch to non-dairy my mom pic.twitter.com/manZxuo5a4
2023 nebula telling— t (@peterquillsI) May 26, 2019
past gamora about
happened to her
in the future: 2014 gamora: pic.twitter.com/P35N4eTJ4k
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.