By: Kyle Howatt
I chose to analyze this Bad Luck Brian meme because of how humorous I found it. It is a picture of a really goofy looking kid, someone you’d expect to be socially inept and awkward to be around, and there he is talking about what the big deal is if he gets a bad yearbook picture. Little did he know that this image would spark an internet sensation, and therein lied the irony of the captioned text. Bad Luck Brian is now an infamous meme about a kid who practically attracts bad luck in whatever situation people caption him in.
The goal of this Bad Luck Brian meme was to generate humor at the cost of someone’s misfortune, to which Brian was placed in. While the situation above was not the worst possible thing that could ever happen to Brian, or to any other person, there are some Bad Luck Brian memes that could be called into question regarding their appropriateness for humor. It is reasonable to suggest that others could create negative reactions from some of the Bad Luck Brian memes out there, like from the one below.
People may not have taken a liking to this meme as much as to the meme displayed up top because of how tragic the Aurora, Colorado shooting was. Creating humor out of an event like that is usually not admired by the general population, probably because of the lack of sympathy the creator of the meme showed for the people involved in the tragedy.
However, I don’t believe that these memes are purposely developed to cause offense or negativity. I believe they are around because people find it humorous when unfortunate events (within reason) happen to others. I think we get a better laugh out of the terrible events that Bad Luck Brian is captioned in just because of the unphotogenic picture that goes along with the meme. Might that be stereotypical to associate someone like Brian with bad luck, resulting in more negative reactions from others or in offense being taken? Perhaps, but in comparison to most of the Bad Luck Brian memes out there today, offensive ones are few and far between. I say that because the Bad Luck Brian memes would not be as popular as they are now if people didn’t, for the most part, find them slightly humorous.