Ever been so sad about something you’ve just seen, read, or heard that you just had to express your feelings on Twitter, or in a text? Maybe you said something like “That’s so sad.” But then you really wanted to hear your favorite song (because reasons), so you turned your head away from the screen and immediately called out to Alexa to “play ‘Despacito!‘”
Uh, us either. But we sure do like the fun and strange new word salad-like meme that’s been making the rounds. Say it with us: This is so sad Alexa play Despacito. It may not make sense at first but just think about it. Someone’s just said something that you’re supposed to be upset about. You’re supposed to empathize. Instead, you’re only half-listening and you want to hear “Despacito.”
The apparent creator of the meme told New York magazine’s Select/All that he posted the line “this is so sad alexa play despacito” a week ago to Tumblr after his cat ate his spaghetti. And now people are using the line to lighten the mood after a sad event. It’s a half-hearted, misguided attempt to make things “brighter.” And “Despacito” is a rump-shaker and a half. It could probably liven up anything, right?
can't believe Germany lost and all of México collectively went 'this is so sad alexa play fake love by bts'
— mambo no.6 (@izaaking) June 27, 2018
Me talking to my depression: Hi, can you give me a break? I have finals and too many tests and job interviews and I haven't slept properly in ages and I-
My depression: this is so sad, Alexa play despacito
— JIN LOVE BOT⁷ (@Ot7ftw) June 29, 2018
The meme gets funnier the more it’s combined with our favorite pop culture scenes, ranging from Game of Thrones to Mean Girls and everything in between.
regina: [gets hit by a bus]
cady: this is so sad alexa play despacito
— sophie ‧ 58 (@wtmbway) June 27, 2018
thor: my sister is taking over asgard and wants to kill me, i need loki to come with me, and for you to release the hulk, so we can get out of here and defeat her
grandmaster: this is so sad, alexa play despacito
— tisha @ mini hiatus (@tisheriffic) June 28, 2018
nakia: t'challa was murdered in a ritual combat
m'baku: this is so sad alexa play despacito
— himbo buck (@sam_bucky) June 27, 2018
vision and wanda: *saying their goodbyes and crying*
thanos: this is so sad alexa play despacito
— leen (@insaneasyIums) June 28, 2018
lysa: *gets thrown out the moon door to her death*
sansa: this is so sad alexa play despacito
— lauren (@sansastcrk) June 29, 2018
If even works when the meme is applied to our Extremely Online selves.