Nothing is certain in 2020—well, besides bad things. Disease has rocked the world, civil unrest to combat systemic racism has been met with deadly force, and a severe economic crisis is taking hold as we speak.
Still, good memes always find a way.
The “Always Has Been” meme began making social media rounds last month as the world continued crumbling. It was originally posted by a 4chan user back in 2018. The first template showed the whole world as America, and a more popular one quickly caught hold showing the Earth as “all Ohio.” Like all good memes, it was silly, irreverent, and kind of dark.
Memes provide a respite even in the most uncertain times. The “Always Has Been” meme, though, is a perfect encapsulation of 2020—a year full of harrowing revelations. We didn’t realize how bad things could get until they did, and by the time we realized it, our astronaut partner was floating behind us with a gun to our head.
Fortunately not all the memes using this format are sinister. Like any good template it runs the gamut of meme emotions, from wholesome to absurd to downright stupid. Here are some of our favorites.
— Praneet Sinha (@and_its_praneet) August 1, 2020
This meme but it’s “it’s Barbatos” for the first astronaut, and the Arche Gundam for the earth pic.twitter.com/gDqXyaGxHH
— Sauce, but mommy (@SauceElf) August 1, 2020
all I can think of when I hear that song is the always has been meme so i made this. pic.twitter.com/GuRIXFF9m5
— 𝕤𝕠𝕡𝕙𝕚𝕖 (@sophiestixated) August 2, 2020