Who will win the battle for likes? An A-List celebrity or one eggy boy?
On January 9, the world set out on a quest to beat the most liked picture on Instagram. The egg won the battle and by a massive margin. Originally intended to break Kylie Jenner’s 18 million like record, the egg destroyed Jenner’s picture of her newborn baby, Stormi Webster, racking up a total of over 50 million likes. Think about that: 1/10th of the United States population has liked a stock photo of an egg. The last time that many people gathered around something we had a revolution. That being said, there is a revolution coming our way. A meme revolution.
Think about 2019 memes. We started with Big Chungus, a relatively weak meme. But just months later, a random stock picture of an egg was making national news and receiving more attention than a member of one of America’s most famous families, the Kardashians. This is what we, as the meme generation, deserve. It is also why most of the RHS student body has joined the #EggGang. It’s simple and also just hilarious. Why? Who knows. What makes a meme funny is not something that anyone can really examine, but all we know that it is comedy gold. If you disagree, there are 50 Million Egg Soldiers ready to take you on.
The egg has even gotten some celebrity attention. People like Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon have voiced their support of the egg. It is probable that their support towards the egg was one of the main assets to its success. However, Kendall Jenner did not take the news too well as she posted a video of her cracking an egg on the hot pavement saying “Take that little egg.” Clearly someone doesn’t appreciate memes. However, despite already crushing their goal, the account, world_record_egg, has continued to post.
The account has posted two more pictures at the time of the writing of this article. Each has a progressively larger crack and no caption. The egg gang is a little confused as to what this means, but we are all excited to see what the future holds for this beautiful egg. Maybe the egg is hatching something…
Eggs represent the start of new life, and we here at the High Times believe that this egg will bring a new birth to meme culture. 2019 will only bring memes that are funny and relevant. Memes that of course, crack us up.
JT Cambria and Jason Zuckerman
Graphic: Erin Kim