We love a good meme. Nothing is more effective at stopping your incessant social media scrolling than some text and an image that so perfectly sums up a situation you feel compelled to immediately share with all of your friends.
Like with any trend, memes are cyclical with different ones gaining popularity at different times. For example, there was the Dolly Parton challenge of 2020 in which people posted four different pictures of themselves in a bid to poke fun of the different personas we exhibit for Facebook, Instagram LinkedIn and Tinder.
Also in 2020 (because we truly believed that would be the worst a year could be), there was also the meme challenge that saw social media users use pop culture to represent how they had devolved between January and September.
Because the only thing COVID-19 has been good for has been the internet comedy gold it has spawned (and, yes okay, the fact that it gave the environment a chance to heal too) the latest pandemic related meme trend that has captured our attention is one in which people use two images to describe their fall plans and the Delta variant which is coming to ruin everything.
Now, many of the posts do skew very “American” and therefore involve lots of football pictures and references to US reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, plus you know, the fact that it’s about “fall” (autumn) plans when we are heading into spring. However, the universally unifying thing about this damn virus that won’t quit is that it’s here to ruin everything, no matter where you are or what season you are entering.
So, without further adieu, here are the versions of the ‘My Fall Plans/the Delta Variant’ meme challenge that had us in stitches. Enjoy!
Taylor Swift/Kanye West
Sure, it’s a little obvious, but we love it nonetheless.
my fall plans. the delta variant. pic.twitter.com/GUjVqH18TK
— ahmad (@ahmadxrajwany) August 14, 2021
Atreyu/Artax From The NeverEnding Story
Oof. Too soon.
My fall plans. The Delta Variant. pic.twitter.com/NO1az8PkWo
— TASK the Ol’ Nerdy Bastard #BLM #StopAsianHate (@UpToTASK) August 14, 2021
Sideshow Bob/The Rakes
This one made me laugh for a solid 20 minutes.
My fall plans. The Delta variant. pic.twitter.com/CD3pDDW2cP
— On This Day in Simpsons History (@dailysimpsons) August 16, 2021
Toadfish Rebecchi/His Yellow Sedan
We must award many, many points to ‘The Grim Recapper’ for putting a local spin on this trend. Also, I’m fairly sure Dee ended up coming back from the dead so it’s not as dark as it seems.
My fall plans / the Delta variant pic.twitter.com/njZKc4Ewcm
— B Locky-D E (@TheGrimRecapper) August 13, 2021
A Bunny/Glenn Close
Well, it’s good to see that this scene from Fatal Attraction is being used for more than just the purpose of guys describing a girl who was “psycho” because she called him out on his f**kboy behaviour.
My fall plans The delta variant pic.twitter.com/A1Wj60RSSh
— Annie the Nanny (@AnnietheNanny1) August 14, 2021
Moira Rose/Sebastien Raine
Sebastien Raine is “a monster, who uses people, and leaves them for dead” (David’s words) which kind of makes him the perfect person to represent the Delta variant.
My fall plans The delta variant pic.twitter.com/pp5yUgaiQt
— no context schitt’s creek (@nocontxtSC) August 13, 2021
Harold Holt/The Ocean
Another social media user who gave this trend an Aussie spin.
Sure, it’s a little one the nose, but did we really think we could just LOSE a Prime Minister and not be ridiculed for it forever? Maaate. Come on.
my spring plans the Delta variant pic.twitter.com/MPIY73nuMv
— Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) August 13, 2021
The Suez Canal/The Ever Given
Look, props to this unfortunate event for having the longevity and versatility to fit into not one, but TWO different meme challenges.
My fall plans The delta variant pic.twitter.com/faeglCzw4m
— Carley Johansson, J.D. (@legallycarl) August 14, 2021
Marcia Brady/An Errant Football
Now she’ll never be a teen model, but she will be an internet sensation.
My fall plans The delta variant pic.twitter.com/9cLgWYRhlz
— Groovy Brady (@groovybrady) August 14, 2021
Barney and Robin/Ted Mosby
Hmm this is a tricky one as Ted did date Robin first, and then Barney broke his own bro code by starting a relationship with her after she and Ted had broken up…but we’ll allow it.
my fall plans the delta variant pic.twitter.com/1fjd9cmciH
— moon is ALIVE (@wandabuffay) August 14, 2021
A Delicious Tin of Biscuits/My Mother’s Sewing Crap
I don’t know who Carlos Aguilar is, but he might be my twin flame because he sees into the very depths of my soul.
How many times have you been so excited to think you have found your mum’s hidden stash of buttery, flaky, Danish biccies, only to pop open the tin and discover it’s full of random buttons and bits of coloured string?
I can’t tell you the EXACT number of times this atrocity has occurred in my life…but my therapist probably could.
Mum — you owe me.
I’ll stop now lol
— Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) August 12, 2021
Macauley Culkin in My Girl/Bees
It’s just too good. Give Brian Lynch all of the awards, now.
My Fall Plans
The Delta Variant pic.twitter.com/ecjlFeNMIT
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) August 11, 2021
Pompeii/ The Volcano
Okay, but this one wins. **Cue slow clap.**
My fall plans: The delta variant: pic.twitter.com/0wVLYioKNl
— Maya Ervin (@Maya_L_M_Ervin) August 14, 2021