One of the best tweets of 2022: Twitter’s final ‘regular’ 12 months
2022 was definitely…a 12 months for Twitter. It’s laborious to name it a “good” 12 months for the location, contemplating the rumors about Elon Musk shopping for Twitter gave the impression of a nasty joke after which finally grew to become a horrifying actuality. That actuality has led us to a spot the place Twitter may now permit 1,000 character posts which can be rampant with hate speech and COVID misinformation whereas telling us that all the things is ok in firm communications.
Oh, and there is the half about how Musk thinks it’s a good suggestion to let all the worst folks on this planet again on the location. Let’s not depart that out.
Twitter has launched a bunch of spin about its ongoing Elon Musk-led rubbish hearth
Nonetheless, though Twitter is ending 2022 in a considerably worse place than it was at first of the 12 months, there was nonetheless quite a bit to have fun. For probably the most half, 2022 was the final “regular” 12 months on Twitter and that entailed an entire lot of unbelievable memes, huge cultural moments, and simply good old style gags, riffs, and japes.
It’s not attainable to suit all the things into one article, however listed below are just some of our favourite Twitter bits from the final 12 months earlier than issues bought completely uncontrolled.
The slap heard ‘around the world
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the Oscars. You might have heard about it. It dominated the information cycle in a method that nothing on the Oscars has in a protracted, very long time. Hollywood’s response was outsized, as Smith was banned from the occasion for 10 years. The incident even prompted author and director Judd Apatow to tweet (after which delete) that Smith might’ve killed Rock. Apatow apparently wasn’t joking. The entire thing was type of ridiculous.
Naturally, it made for excellent Twitter fodder.
Significantly, it’s a criminal offense Conan didn’t have a community discuss present for this.
That is only a enjoyable factor to think about.
And right here’s Andrew Garfield, paying as a lot consideration to the Oscars as all of us did.
Belief me, I’m not apprehensive
Keep in mind the film Don’t Fear, Darling? I’m going to guess you in all probability don’t. The Harry Kinds automobile didn’t evaluation particularly nicely and the principle response most needed to the film itself was that the previous boybander ought to in all probability stick with pop stardom as a substitute of performing.
However we’re not right here to speak concerning the film. We’re right here to speak about all the things round the film.
Olivia Wilde’s sophomore effort as a director garnered a metric buttload of consideration main as much as its launch due to a bevy of on-and-off-set drama. Shia LaBeouf was in it, then he wasn’t. Wilde condescendingly known as star Florence Pugh “Miss Flo” in a leaked video asking LaBeouf to return again. Pugh, seemingly in retaliation, was then considerably disruptive in the course of the film’s press tour in a method that made her appear actually cool.
All in all, Don’t Fear, Darling gave us the very best type of conspiracy-mongering: completely innocent and silly, however very humorous. And that was earlier than all of us spent per week considering Harry Kinds spit on Chris Pine!
Bravo to everybody concerned right here. You probably did all the things besides make an excellent film.
Adam Levine…hoo boy
Generally movie star drama is admittedly humorous. This isn’t a type of occasions.
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine bought entangled in some relationship drama earlier this 12 months, however we don’t want to fret concerning the specifics as a result of we’re right here for jokes. All you actually have to know is that a few of Levine’s DMs bought leaked and, nicely, possibly he ought to stick with songwriting.
As you’d count on, this led to loads of Twitter riffs. Take some embarrassing sexts and transpose them onto different photographs and also you’ve bought basic memes.
Significantly, the jokes write themselves.
Zoomers received’t get the following one.
Taking impersonation to a brand new stage
This one is barely dishonest as a result of, whereas we’re right here to have fun non-Musk Twitter, these subsequent few tweets got here as a direct results of Musk’s possession.
When he briefly let folks spend $8/month to get a blue checkmark on their profiles, Musk (both as a result of he didn’t give it some thought or didn’t care) allowed folks to impersonate huge manufacturers, usually to hilarious impact.
The one the place somebody impersonated pharmaceutical model Eli Lilly and proclaimed that insulin can be free going ahead arguably made probably the most waves on Twitter, however there have been so many extra.
A lot of them grew to become overt political statements, however a few of them had been simply goofy.
If solely anybody might have seen this coming.
And all the remainder
Final however definitely not least, there have been a couple of tweets that didn’t match into any specific pattern or class except for simply being actually humorous.
First up is that this one from ESPN character Stephen A. Smith, who has made a profession out of trolling Dallas Cowboys followers. When the Cowboys misplaced within the playoffs final January, Smith posted a video that opens with the best digicam pan we have ever seen.
Elon Musk says Apple by no means thought-about eradicating Twitter from App Retailer
Subsequent up is a really humorous, loving, and scarily correct tribute to Outkast.
And eventually, a video recording of some of the essential moments in American historical past.
Let’s hope Twitter lasts lengthy sufficient to reward us with a 2023 12 months in evaluation. If not, nicely, we’ll all know why.