The “Netflix and Chill” meme has gotten totally out of hand, and there’s no way to hit “pause.”
The seemingly innocuous phrase—which, in layman’s terms, means “come over to hook up”—has exploded in popularity over the past couple of months. Netflix and Chill derives from the idea that an interested party invites someone to a makeout-friendly locale, supposedly to relax and stream content on Netflix together. But, as most people who have been wooed by the prospect of Wet Hot American Summer, Sense8, or House of Cards know all too well, the host often wants a happy ending well before the end credits roll.
In terms of presentation, the “Netflix and Chill” joke is typically accompanied with some sort of photo. The image is either “the look” that a hookup partner gives you to initiate the sexy times, or some other picture that alludes to carnal desires.
Know Your Meme reports that the meme first started popping up on Black Twitter in late 2014 as part of the “starter pack” meme. The phrase has trickled down to Reddit, Tumblr, Instagram, and other social networks, spreading far and wide over the summer of 2015. The number of Google searches for “Netflix and Chill” has skyrocketed since June 2015.
Capitalizing on the meme’s momentum, self-described “notorious urban satirical entertainment website” Huzlers.com—aka a fake news outlet—ran the post “Mother Sues Netflix After ‘Netflix N Chill’ Session Resulted In Her Daughter’s Pregnancy.” In it, a 16-year-old “Andrea Brown” was quoted as saying, “It happened like you thought it did … First, we were just watching a movie on Netflix and then all of a sudden there was a p*nis in my mouth.” We all know Andrea’s situation, even if the story was made up.
The story also cites “Hulu N Chill” as an activity that doesn’t lead to sexual intercourse as often as its Netflix counterpart. Although those numbers are completely made up, “Hulu N Chill” and variations on the original meme have indeed been popping up of late.