When your favorite song comes on in public, you’re gonna wild out or sing along emotively as the situation dictates. You know it, and your friends—Friend 1 and Friend 2—know it.
Unfortunately for those friends, you will not be stopped. There’s nothing they can do.
*Cut It comes on the radio*— drinking my inhibitions off (@SEDR1CK) July 5, 2016
Friend 1: "please don't do this"
Friend 2: "you better not"
*Controlla comes on in public* Friend 1: Don't start. Friend 2: You better not. Me: https://t.co/dh4sZjye8A— Shakita Krebel (@ShakitaKrebeliT) July 6, 2016
At a time when many meme enthusiasts are mining for deeper levels of irony, “relatable” is stubbornly hanging in there as a form of meme currency. And what’s more relatable than liking a pop song?
Bad dancing is a way of acknowledging the uncoolness of, ugh, liking stuff, and countering it with the coolness of expressing what you like while giving zero fucks. Who cares if Friend 1 and Friend 2 are embarrassed?
Of course, every meme mutates, and even something this sincere can be co-opted. “Friend 1, Friend 2” is pretty new, but variations are already emerging. Where were you when the Chilcot Report—investigating Britain’s role in the Iraq War—dropped?
*When the Chilcot report drops in the club*— scotty 2 hotty (@scotscotscot) July 6, 2016
Friend 1: don't start
Friend 2: you better not
I expect poor, overworked Friend 1 and Friend 2 will soon be put in charge of holding people back from every embarrassing public display of emotion, music-related or not. Good luck with that!