New Guy: The First New Meme of 2020

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New Guy: The First New Meme of 2020

Post by Ares » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:43 am

So it's very likely this will only appeal to me, but what the heck. It's 2020 and I like it when something wholesome springs from something ugly, like Pegasus springing from the decapitated body of Medusa. And it all starts with this comic:


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So, on the internet there is one Mallorie Jessica Udischas, aka SweetBeans99, whom I'll hereafter refer to as SB99 for short. SB99 is a Tumblr artist who puts out comics like this:


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If you couldn't guess, the purple haired character is their self-insert character. So in December of last year, Youtuber PewDiePie's home was robbed, with most of the stuff taken belonging to his wife. SB99 made a comic wherein the purple haired girl laughs at PewDiePie's misfortune. That's the first comic at the start of the page.

Like myself, if you didn't know the context, you might have thought that the girl was the jerk of the comic, while the New Guy was the protagonist. Instead, we're suppose to actually be on her side, not his. He's suppose to be a strawman to be mocked.

But as people like Clownfish TV ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F89TJzJIu6Y&t=3s ) and others ( https://reclaimthenet.org/new-guy-meme-2020/ ) are reporting, something funny happened on the internet. The internet has taken the New Guy, his apparent niceness and empathy, and turned him into this new Baby Yoda-like meme for postitivity and empathy. Now there are multiple images of the guy floating around the net, almost all of them about being positive or just being wholesome. And when the artist started receiving flack for celebrating that someone was robbed, New Guy was used to say that even if that opinion was terrible, it wasn't right to bully anyone.

It's just kind of amazing that there's a lack of self-awareness in someone that you wind up creating a strawman who becomes far more beloved and popular than your "hero". It's also nice to see the internet actually celebrate something for being nice and wholesome as oppose to a lot of the negativity we often see on there. Maybe it's a sign of good things to come?

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Re: New Guy: The First New Meme of 2020

Post by Doctor Malsyn » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:43 am

I like this a lot, havnt seen some of those ones. What a wholesome meme.
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Re: New Guy: The First New Meme of 2020

Post by Ares » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:13 pm

I agree. It's just so refreshing to see something positive come out of something negative, when it seems like the reverse happens far more on the internet. Maybe it's a sign 2020 will be the start of a better decade.

I especially like the one that showed how New Guy would have handled interacting with the blonde customer, reacting with mild embarassment at misunderstanding but still wishing the other person well. As opposed to being snotty and self-obsessed.

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Re: New Guy: The First New Meme of 2020

Post by Doctor Malsyn » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:49 am

It is fairly impressive just how in-selfaware the artist was. I really wpuld nwver have guessed she was meant to be the likabale character.
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Re: New Guy: The First New Meme of 2020

Post by Spectrum » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:11 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idoHXVUAlks

Sargon discussing the comic in terms of Platonic vs Aristotelian ethics.
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