Patrick Memes; Everyone seemed to be in a tizzy about the new Patrick Star Show, which was announced by Nickelodeon and is due to begin in July. Since its inception in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has grown to become one of Nickelodeon’s most successful properties, having managed to transcend several decades and even churning out a bevy of future films to further promote the adorable aquatic creatures they created. But was there ever a time when these characters need their own show?
The Breakout Star Meme of 2018 Take a step back for a moment and reflect on what has happened throughout the past year. In the grand scheme of things, you might say that the whole of 2018 has been pretty much the same as the previous years if you would tally the good and the bad things. You could argue that there has been a relatively equal amount of good and bad much like any other year. But if you would think about it deeply and if you would let your imagination loose for a moment, you would realize just how the awful things outweigh the wonderful things about 2018, and we can sum it all up with just one meme: Evil Patrick
Stick with me here. This savage meme of Patrick blew up in the internet because it provided us with some kind of outlet to rationalize what was happening in the world. It gave us a means to make sense of all the nasty and horrible events that we experience and we ascribe it to the concept of the world and everyone around us are actually conspiring to spread such malaise in society. And that kind of paranoia has also taken over the internet.
The meme in question shows Patrick Star with a menacing look as he plots to kill his best friend Spongebob Squarepants who had decided to forego his modern, urban life for a more simplistic and down-to-earth way of living with the jellyfish in nature. In a way, it symbolizes how some of us would want to cleanse our lives from all the toxicity and vitriol that we have been exposed to and indirectly absorbed as a result of being part of the culture that we inhabit today.
Of course, if you have watched the cartoon series, you wouldn’t really think much about it this scene. It transitions from Patrick’s usual carefree yet senseless antics with his friend to a dark and morbid bit where something snapped inside of Patrick causing him to abandon all reason, the presence of which is debatable, and decide to hack off his friend who chose to live away from the city, on his own volition which he had the right to do.
This version of Patrick may accurately illustrate how fragile and shallow we as a society have become, and instead of supporting our friend, we try to get rid of him for good, despite knowing that it would be possible to visit the said friend. And because this scene with Patrick has become such an icon, a representation of the times, and very relevant to the atmosphere of the relationships that we have with one another from a micro to a macro scale,
we as a society have come up with ways to bring this phenomenon to light with some lighthearted humor and sarcasm wrapped in this dark irony of Evil Patrick. In a sense, we can’t help but wonder whether there will come a point when our decisions would offend our friends and family so much that they would go to such extremes against us.
But this might be taking it a bit too far. The Patrick memes are just a way to poke fun and relate our own thoughts and experiences to the things that happen to us. It is a brilliant means of counteracting the distress that we feel from the outside world and bringing our grievances within the confines of an open space where we can say what we are thinking out loud without being judged for it.
Memes are the flavor of online life, and there is no shortage of them. You can’t help but smile when you see them; they make us feel like insiders, and just when you think you’re ready to sink into a pit of despair about the status of the Internet, they make it appear more productive and democratic. So what is it about Spongebob Squarepants and his zany companions that make them the main protagonists in so many of these cartoons? We have a hypothesis, which is that Spongebob’s sensibility is well suited for the Internet. Specifically,
Patrick Star remains relatable:
The program is strange, illogical, frenetic, farcical, and phantasmagoric in its depiction of the world. Doesn’t this sound a lot like online life, doesn’t it? For those of you who have been living under a rock (hey, if Patrick can do it, so can you), we’ve taken a deep dive into the bizarre world of SpongeBob memes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the iconic animated series’ debut.
SpongeBob SquarePants, the popular Nickelodeon program, and notably any Patrick Star fans would agree that the memes that have been developed from this funny show go above and beyond most legacies that a show can leave behind.
Despite the fact that the animation did not and will not come to an end, it has already blazed a trail of historical slapstick humor for viewers of all ages and backgrounds. It is the humorous moments that are remembered and watched over and over again by the generation who grew up with the program that fuels their passion for it.
During the next several days, the photograph gained widespread attention on Twitter and Reddit, where it was often accompanied by edgy commentary. @bvercetti’s tweet was retweeted over 2,700 times and received over 4,800 likes the same day by Twitter user @2xfly, who posted the opposite form of the same message.
Another famous Twitter post including the photograph was shared by @LIBGYal on the 28th, garnering more than 58,000 retweets and 162,000 likes, according to the account (shown below, right). Dorkly published an article on March 1st on the meme’s rapid growth on Twitter.
SpongeBob Memes Are the Language of the Internet
Fly may be found on Twitter at @2xfly. Even though she claims that your dick tastes fantastic, she is really tasting your side chick pussy. On the 26th of February, at 11:19 p.m., text pink purple butterfly organism I’m following you, E. OLIBGyal, and I’m kicking ice beneath the refrigerator with pink letters and purple butterfly moths.
Following its first dissemination on Twitter, the picture continued to gain traction on Reddit. On March 1st, a popular post on the subreddit /r/dankmemes received more than 21,000 upvotes (shown below, left). On the 2nd of March, a post to the subreddit /r/blackpeopletwitter received over 9,900 upvotes in only 14 hours.
When it comes to supporting characters, Patrick Star is the classic example of how they might perform well on one show, but can never be trusted with the reins of their own. What do you think? Are we really prepared to go through twenty-five-minute episodes of Patrick Star bumbling about Bikini Bottom, placing waffle cones on his head, and shouting like a madman down his street? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see when it’s out.