Ah, 2017—despite being a banner year for tumultuous political news and sexual misconduct allegations against powerful male figures, it has also proven to be a spectacular year for Internet memes. And who doesn’t love a bit of satire to heal the soul? From ridiculed red carpet fashions to Trump’s inauguration, no major event was safe from the meme treatment this year—and we’re rounding up some of the best highlights. So sit back, relax, and get ready to retweet.
Leading the pack are fashion memes from the 2017 Met Gala. After Priyanka Chopra wore Ralph Lauren’s trenchcoat dress with a dramatic long train, the Twittersphere was quick to turn her look into several creatives memes. Her train ranged from doubling as a tent to serving as Aladdin’s magic carpet. Equally as fun: the memes of Sean “Diddy” Combs lounging on the Met steps, a moment deemed peak “extra” right down to the soles of his Christian Louboutins.
Moving on: Who could forget Beyoncé in a Halston dress for date night with husband Jay-Z? The singer ordering food at the restaurant was swiftly turned into several memes, where, among other things, fans made references to her ordering lemonade, the title of her latest album. Or how about when Meryl Streep was screen-shotted shouting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which Twitter turned into a series of Streep singing various song lyrics at the top of her lungs.
It wasn’t just musicians or actors who got memes, though—both the Trumps and the British royal family got the treatment, too. After President Donald Trump’s inauguration at the White House, Twitter was quick to turn former First Lady Michelle Obama’s side eye toward Melania Trump into a meme. Meanwhile, after Prince William and Kate Middleton shared their official Christmas card this month, which was color-coordinated to perfection, this meme was releasedoffering alternative backdrops (the Teletubbies option wins).
An honorable mention goes out to the “me at the start of 2017 versus me at the end of 2017” meme. Riffing off of a tough, draining year in politics and entertainment news, it depicts various unflattering “after” photos, suggesting we’ve all had to endure a lot this year. The meme isn’t wrong. If 2018 is anything like 2017, at least we’ll have an abundance of more funny photos to look forward to.