I chose this meme because it was the first meme to really catch my attention and introduce me to the world of memes. What did they mean? What is this new phenomenon and why? This meme called “Bad Luck Brian” really opened my eyes to the new world of memes and what exactly they represent.
When I first saw this meme, I questioned whether or not it was an actual person or a celebrity. It wasn’t a celebrity that I knew of, so I thought this poor kid was an actual High-School student that is getting all of this (unfortunate) attention. Next, I began to devise a theme from the text displayed on the meme. Obviously, this is Brian and he has the absolute worst luck of anyone in the whole world. As you can see above, anything he does leads to the worst possible outcome there is.
Why is this funny? Well, these are just so drastic and incredibly dramatic. Life COULD NEVER be this bad, and no one would have luck THIS BAD…except for Brian, of course. So our generation likes to see other people fall, run into doors; they also like to see Brian have the worst unrealistic luck of his life each day. It’s just a small part that hits our funny bones; other people’s misfortunes.
This could be a bullying issue and might glorify the idea of bullying the “less fortunate”. I would never take it this serious, but it may affect some people without them realizing it. Poor Brian is probably a decent kid, who twitches at the thought of his school picture representing a horrifying meme extravaganza, but on the other hand, it could be taken lightly under his opinion. We may never know, but it could be reinstated that bullying might be glorified based on this meme and its’ popularity.
A few months ago I came across this photo where the actual boy in the meme collection is shown, wearing a Bad Luck Brian t-shirt, reppin’ two thumbs up and a large smile on his face. This answers all of our questions–he can take a joke! This photo release also caused an uproar of new memes, or just one I should say.
Who knows if this is really even him? He certainly doesn’t look like the man pictured above, but my point is that this meme started a ripple-effect of other classic ideas, and it is just amazing how technology ‘viruses’ spread like this. People can genereate their own ideas using Bad Luck Brian’s photo, and share them anywhere, people make references to this meme and even personalize the meme with a Bad Luck Whomever you know, and then it’s just a large phenomenon. You go Brian!