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Wholesome memes are here with their good, clean fun

They will warm your heart.

 

Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Published Aug 6, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 7:53 am CDT

The internet can get really dirty. The darkest corners of the web are filled with sexist trolls, haunting profile picture-less hecklers, and disgusting jokesters. Many revel in this chaos while others abhor it.

Here to clean up your feeds with some much-needed positivity and light are wholesome memes.

We’re borrowing the term “wholesome memes” from @nutellaANDpizza, whose photoset of these uplifting moments ripped through Twitter earlier this month. Twitter user @unsmokable had a similar photoset dubbed wholesome memes that also were majorly popular. Other users used the phrase before, but his tweet is the first to really pop off. 

https://twitter.com/nutellaANDpizza/status/760544389814972416

https://twitter.com/unsmokabIe/status/761032779622522881

The cornerstones of these memes include support, love, positivity, compassion, and understanding. You know, the things you tend to forget exist in the world because there’s so much shit happening.

Wholesome memes are interesting because, instead of an image being what links memes, it’s instead that sense of wholesomeness that ties it all together. For example, Condescending Wonka always uses the same picture. You see the one below and expect it to be the chocolate factory owner saying something rude. Instead, he’s giving you some good vibes. But wholesome memes are not dictated by repetitive format. 

Wholesome memes are also unique in that they’re changing well-known ones, turning them into rays of sunshine and hope. Take, for example, the blue button that typically displays “NUTT” or something else a little more naughty. 

https://twitter.com/haram_poIice/status/756517104506040321

https://twitter.com/hyped_resonance/status/755435120937414656

The ethos of wholesome memes has been around for a while, many of which can be found on Tumblr. There’s a long history of support and love on the social network, especially compared to other online spaces. Posts supporting friends or expressing some sort of attraction to good, clean romance typically rack up thousands of notes.

Friends, the next time you have the option of making a dirty joke or sarcastic retort online, maybe the best path is the righteous one. Meme each other with how you’d like to be memed. It’s the Golden Rule of the internet, isn’t it?

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*First Published: Aug 6, 2016, 9:08 am CDT