Robert Pattinson is one of Hollywood’s most beloved and attractive young stars. He’s known for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies and the charismatic and charming Cedric Diggory in the highly anticipated movie, Harry Potter and the CursedChild. He’s been linked to some of Hollywood’s most beautiful and famous women, and his Instagram feed is filled with gorgeous pictures of himself posing with them.
But while many may enjoy his good looks and celebrity, there are others who feel threatened by him. As a result, Robert Pattinson’s Instagram has become a minefield for haters. Who knows, maybe they’ll even find a way to harm him one of these days. No one is safe from the wrath of the internet—it seems like anyone can come under attack at any time. But these days, whenever he posts a photo of himself shirtless, he’s sure to get an angry response.
The actor has learned to live in a world where people come for his flawless looks and then stay to complain about his political beliefs, his relationship with women, or even just to make fun of him. His reaction to any sort of backlash is always the same: he laughs it off and posts another photo.
The Evolution Of A Bad Lip Reading
It all started with a simple mistake. Back in 2012, Robert Pattinson posted a picture of himself wearing a T-shirt that spelled out the novel, The Hobbit in the mirror. He was just trying to be funny, but instead, he ended up creating the perfect meme. Before long, people were doing their best to read the book’s iconic words alongside Pattinson’s reflection in the mirror. He embraced this new found fame as if it were a crown and began posing for pictures with fans, many of whom had undoubtedly Googled him before approaching him in person.
This is how #RIPThorin began. A few months later, in August of 2012, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released. It had finally arrived. The international bestselling book and its eight-part play were a huge success, as well as the movie that was based on it. But even before the film was released, fans were already making memes about it. One of the most popular ones, which was titled #RIPCursedChild, was a recreation of the magical school photo that was used as the play’s poster. It featured an image of Tom Hardy as Voldemort and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dumbledore, standing in front of a banner that said, “#RIPCursedChild”. The meme was a reference to Cumberbatch’s line in the movie, when he sees the young Harry inside the library and says, “That’s no ordinary face – that’s a #RIPCursedChild face!”
The photo taken at the start of the book series became a symbol of resistance to the oppression that the character was fighting against. Voldemort represented the darkness that was trying to overtake and extinguish the light of hope, while Dumbledore symbolized the light of reason and magic that was trying to overcome and destroy the darkness.
The Meme Machine
The meme factory was already working overtime. Fans used the opportunity to put their hate for Robert Pattinson and his work in movies in some absolutely grotesque and hilarious memes. It was as if the world’s greatest joke-cracker and comedian had rolled into town and taken over. No one was safe from the memes. Even some of the late-night comics joined in on the fun.
Here are just a few of our favorites:
The Outrageousness Of Bill Clinton
In 2016, after months of campaigning, the hotly contested U.S. presidential election finally came down to a mano a mano between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. While the world was preparing for the end of days, the end of the world as we know it, an unlikely duo had their own version of the Apocalypse: the Clinton vs. Trump rivalry that played out on social media.
The two candidates faced off in the first presidential debate, moderated by former news anchor, Anderson Cooper. Much was made of the fact that Trump avoided taking a direct hit at the debate, instead sticking to criticism of Clinton’s policies and poor record in office. While this was going on, Hillary Clinton’s Instagram was filled with photos of celebrities and world leaders supporting her. Not one to be outdone, Donald Trump followed suit and posted plenty of his own celebrity-supported pics on his Instagram.
But it was the memes that spoke volumes. While the candidates were busy fighting it out in the arena, their acolytes were trading barbs in a digital back-and-forth—with the occasional foray into politics—that became the stuff of memes and internet folklore.
Here’s just a small sample of the memes that emerged from the 2016 election. As you can see, the participants focused on a wide range of topics, from policy prescriptions to the physical appearance of the candidates:
The Self-Deprecating Jokester
It would be hard to overstate the influence of the internet on our lives. One of the most recognizable faces in the world today is that of Jimmy Fallon. He’s been seen on The Tonight Show more than any other host in history, appearing in more than 170 episodes and filling in for a total of 29 different guest hosts. He’s the man behind the meme magic that turned Bill Clinton’s impeachment into a popular catchphrase and gave us #PresidentDonaldTrump. But it was a viral video of Jimmy Fallon that would make him a household name.
In 2014, Jimmy Fallon was in Japan on the Laughing Apple podcast when he heard a story about a group of women in Tokyo who were putting their heads together to figure out a way to make Jimmy Fallon laugh. They started by sending him pictures of themselves with funny poses and funny slogans, and he eventually fell victim to their wit, as you’ll see in the video below. Just like that, the ladies of Tokyo changed the trajectory of American comedy. They made Jimmy Fallon the king of self-deprecating humor, and they did it using memes.
It wasn’t just about making Fallon laugh either. The women of Tokyo were protesting domestic violence and wanted to use Jimmy Fallon to lend his celebrity and influence to their cause. It was an incredibly powerful moment. One that went viral and made Jimmy Fallon a worldwide sensation. Just a few months after the Tokyo women started their campaign, Fallon was in Ireland on the Tonight Show, where he interviewed author and screenwriter, Oliver Stone. During the show, Oliver Stone referred to a movie that he was working on, and Fallon used the opportunity to promote his new movie, Self-Deprecating Jokester. Stone and Fallon are both Irish, and when Stone mentioned that his new movie was set in Ireland, Fallon, in his typical self-deprecating manner, quipped, “Well, not exactly, but we shot a lot of it there. And a lot in New York City as well, because I didn’t want to be far away from my family, particularly when Donald Trump was elected President. And to be quite honest, I didn’t think it was possible for Trump to win the popular vote, so I really didn’t want to be in Ireland when that happened. My parents are both from Ireland, and I have a large Irish American family. So I have a lot of cousins there, and I wasn’t sure how they’d react to this unexpected turn of events. But I think they’re going to be pretty happy that Trump won, considering all the trouble he was having with the press in the days leading up to the election.
The Evolution Of A Good Lip Reading
The internet can be a cruel, cruel place, but it can also be a wonderful place. It’s filled with good people who just want to help others – even if it’s just one person at a time—and laugh along with them. Maybe it’s not so much that they want to see the world burn—although, if you subscribe to conspiracy theories, they might—but more that they want to see justice served. The trolls may come for your fame, but they’ll always come back for your money – or, at least, their preferred method of payment – because they want to make sure that you know that they’re watching you (and laughing at you).
This is one area where the internet has truly evolved. Back in 2012, Bill Clinton’s impeachment was a massive story that dominated the news, not just in the United States but around the world. But while the world was preparing for the end of days, a group of people on the internet were preparing for a different apocalypse: the end of Congressman William Jefferson Clinton as we know it. Even back then, before the rise of Trump, a lot of people were frustrated with Bill Clinton. But as you’ll see in the video below, they took a different approach.