You know that feeling of invalidation you get when you’re interrogated for having an interest? It goes something like this: “Oh, you’re a football team fan? Name the coach’s daughter’s favorite song.” (Female sports fans know this feeling all too well.)
Mashable calls these interrogators “pop culture gatekeepers.” They are the type of person to call someone out for liking a song but not knowing every lyric to the artist’s first album, or for liking a movie but not having deep knowledge of its lore.
But people on Twitter are sick of the invalidation, so they’re channeling their feelings into a cheeky meme. The formula is simple: “Oh, you like [X]? Name [everything about X].”
The more ridiculous, the better.
“Oh you’re a feminist?”@AlexisGZall quipped in a tweet with 202,000 likes. “Name every woman.”
oh you’re a feminist? name every woman
— Woman (@AlexisGZall) October 21, 2019
“Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X chimed in with a joke.
“oh you like amnesia? name… oh you like amnesia?” he tweeted.
oh you like amnesia? name…
oh you like amnesia?
— nope (@LilNasX) October 23, 2019
“Oh, you like” memes include everything from geography questions to straight-up disses.
oh you like geography? name every county in the united states pic.twitter.com/4DSnkkFvpu
— mira (@subscribetodnp) October 23, 2019
oh you like men? name every kind of trash
— adrian (@astroIogee) October 23, 2019
Oh you like Nintendo? Then what’s Mario’s last name?
— Colin (@IntroSpecktive) October 23, 2019
Every fan of The Office has at some point participated in a conversation where one person tries to out-fan the other. The “Oh, you like” meme accounts for that struggle, too.
“Oh you like #TheOffice?” @theofficenbc official tweeted. “Name every scent in the Serenity by Jan collection.”
Gatekeepers will keep gatekeepin’. At least the rest of us can enjoy the meme.