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‘Still processing last March’ memes joke about pandemic fatigue

Because this past year has been a helluva week...

 

Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Mar 1, 2021   Updated Mar 4, 2021, 11:37 am CST

As we now enter March 2021, it’s hard to believe that just last week it was March 2020. Or that’s how it feels, anyway, for those of us who are still processing last March.

It was not even halfway through the month before the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down much of the country—and the world around us. Since then, we’ve been subjected to heightened police violence against people of color, civil unrest, a tumultuous federal election, literally an insurrection against the United States government, and so on. And all the while we haven’t been able to hug family and friends, celebrate birthdays and holidays, or go on vacations. It’s been a lot!

‘Still processing last March’ memes

On Twitter, this sentiment has manifested into no shortage of “still processing last March” memes. On Feb. 26, user @Rachael_Conrad tweeted the following example of the meme, which involved the running scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In a matter of days, it’s received around 200,000 likes and nearly 50,000 retweets.

A scene showing Captain America running past Falcon in a March 2021 meme.

Another popular example tweeted by @caraclismic on Feb. 28 took the WikiHow knife attack “March in 3 months” meme and revised it to indicate the impending March 2021 arrival. Within just one day it has received over 75,000 likes.

“Physically I am two days away from March, emotionally I am still processing 2020,” tweeted user @uhprome. Plenty of others on Twitter expressed similar sentiments.

The Twitter account for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which recently announced that its delayed eighth season would be the NBC sitcom’s final, also got in on the fun.

At any rate, the good news for anyone still processing last March is that with mass vaccinations heading down the pipe and grownups finally in charge—with any luck, by the time we get to March 2022, all of this will be far, far away in the rear-view mirror.

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*First Published: Mar 1, 2021, 1:37 pm CST