People freaked out when Netflix announced The Office is leaving its platform in 2021. Naturally, fans turned to Twitter to express their frustration. It was a chance for a fan base to unite and make its voice heard.
But instead of using their voice or any other medium of communication able to convey nuanced meaning, they turned to the dumbest form of communication and humor known to man today: Office reaction GIFs.
Me after I have binge watched and memorized every scene of the office a thousand times before it leaves Netflix in 2021 pic.twitter.com/GKane8NsPV
— peettteer (@peettteer1) June 26, 2019
Reacting to tweets with classic sitcom GIFs is a longtime Twitter staple. There are hundreds to choose from and they’re so easy. With a keyword search, Twitter users have access hundreds of gifs in seconds. And it seems like The Office gets referenced the most. Between Michael Scott’s inane antics and Jim Halpert’s camera side-eyeing, there’s no bit of news or gossip or general joke that an Office GIF can’t reply to. And it needs to stop now.
— Nelson Serrano (@nelsonser54) June 26, 2019
Reaction GIFs are lazy and soul-deadening. They’re jokes for people who want to say something but have nothing to say. Reaction GIFs piggyback on someone else’s joke and create nothing of value. No one’s ever laughed at a reaction GIF. Every like a reaction GIF receives is a hollow acknowledgement that whoever tweeted it got there before you did.
People should stop using reaction GIFs altogether. But they urgently need to stop using ones from The Office. Everyone’s seen enough Michael Scott loops for one lifetime, and it’s time to put them to rest. There’s no comedic use for them, unless some schmuck confesses to having three vasectomies, literally living out one of the best bits in perhaps the funniest episode in the history of The Office.
Chuck Woolery’s vasectomy trifecta should serve as a symbol Twitter’s Office GIF apocalypse. A reaction GIF will never be more appropriate or funnier than this exact moment. We may never get rid of the blinking guy, excited Chris Pratt or Obama’s mic drop. But it’s long past time for Office-lovers to resort to using words, even if it means they get “boom, roasted.”