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Teens who signed up for the draft are now meme-ing their fears about World War 3

If you are worried about World War 3 memes might help with that.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Donald Trump‘s airstrike in Syria has sparked fears of a new war in the Middle East, one that could put the United States at odds with Russia and, in the most extreme interpretations, start World War III. Some of the panic is sincere, but some of it is totally jokey. On Twitter, millennials are making memes about their plans to dodge the draft if the worst happens. It’s scary that it’s come to this, but at least we’ve got these jokes.

Most of the World War III draft memes are about disappearing or faking a disability to get out of fighting. There’s a small subset of men claiming that they’ll change their gender if the draft is ever reinstated, a joke that smacks of transphobia. This tweet has been copied and retweeted a number of times:

But where is the idea of a draft coming from? While a ground war in Syria would be scary for a number of reasons, the hysteria over military conscription isn’t based on anything the government has actually said. It seems to have originated with a fake news story from a site with the ironic name “Real News Right Now,” which reported that Donald Trump had claimed on the campaign trail that he wanted to restore the draft.

“We’re bringing back the draft, okay? We’re going to bring it back and were going to make America as strong as we were in the Sixties,” Trump is alleged to have said.

Trump never said that, though, according to hoax-busting website Snopes.

(Also, in an interview with Fox this morning, Trump said we aren’t going to invade Syria.)

Still, it seems to have struck a chord online, and it feels especially real to teens who have to sign up for the Selective Service.

More than one person is making this Spongebob face right now. In fact, it probably captures the national mood.

Even when they think they’re on the brink of a global catastrophe, meme teens never stop memeing.

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