This is gob. He votes Republican.
This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Democratic.
Bob and Sally are still friends,
because Bob and Sally are both adults.
Be like Bob and Sally.

Be Like Bob and Sally

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Be Like Bob and Sally is an image macro meme that encourages civility and friendship between opposing political parties. The meme describes the cordial relationship between two cartoon characters, Bob, a Republican and Sally, a Democrat. The meme is frequently mocked, criticized and parodied online. The meme is a variation on Be Like Bill.

Origin

On December 1st, 2016, Apple Stickers creator Auston Salvana[1] released a sticker pack for iMessage called "Couples In Love Stickers for iMessage" that featured the character that would later be used in the meme (shown below).


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On January 6th, 2017, the Republican Facebook [2] group TheSilentMajority published the earliest known usage of the meme. The meme features two characters fro the sticker pack and the text:

This is Bob. He voted for Trump. This is Bob's friend Sally. Sally voted for Clinton. Bob & Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. Be like Bob and Sally.

Within four years, the post received more than 1 million shares, 48,000 reactions and 8,200 comments (shown below).


This is Bob. He voted for Trump. This is Bob's friend Sally. Sally voted for Clinton. Bob & Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. Be like Bob and Sally.

Spread

Days later, on January 11th, 2017, the Democratic Facebook[3] published an edited version of the "Be Like Bob and Sally" comic that criticizes the Bob character for voting for someone who "mocked the disabled, bulled the media, made racist comments, was accused by many women of sexual assault" and more. The post received more than 33,000 reactions, 16,000 shares and 3,500 comments in less than four years (shown below, left).

Over the next week, numerous blogs published versions of the memes, criticizing its messaging.[4][5][6]

The meme continued to spread online over the next four years (example below, left).[7] On November 1st, 2020, Redditor whiskeyclouds published responses to the meme in the /r/conservative[8] subreddit (shown below, center). The post received more than 3,600 points (68% upvoted) and 745 comments in less than one week.

That day, Twitter [9] user @sentientist shared the meme, resurrecting the debate over the meme. The post received more than 12,000 likes and 8,000 retweets in less than three days (shown below, right). On November 3rd, the Daily Dot [10] published an article about the meme.


This is Bob. He votes Liberal. This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Conservative Bob and Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. Be like Bob and Sally. O r/democrats ... A r/Conservative This is Bob. He votes Republican. This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Democratic. Bob and Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. Be like Bob and Sally. This is Bob. He votes Republican. This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Democratic. Bob and Sally are still riends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. 1 Share Be like Bob and Sally. 2.4k 447 BEST COMMENTS whiskeyclouds Now Vote Share AutoModerator 1h BEST COMMENTS jebstuart2020 1h rblue · 31m Bob and Sally are both Americans, as am I. I grew up having respect for one another, even if I didn't agree with everyone's politics or religion. A little bit of manners goes a long ways. Just vote your conscience, and let's get on with it. Unless my Republican friend is supporting a r----- who has killed 230,000 Americans gleefully... I'l take exception. I don't want friends like that. Replv Vote 口 Diana S. Fleischman 00 @sentientist This is Bob. He votes Republican. This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Democratic. Bob and Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. Be like Bob and Sally. 8:12 AM · Nov 1, 2020 · Twitter Web App

Various Examples


sunetra choudhury 000 @sunetrac This is being circulated in the polarised atmosphere of primaries in lowa. We could do with this spirit too, right? This is Bob. He votes Republican. This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Democratic Bob and Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both adults. Be like Bob and Sally. 3:55 PM · Mar 1, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone I'm not a bigot I just say bigoted things! hehe ur face is stupid and you're losing your healthcare! This is Bob. Bob is a republican who put party before country. Bob talks a lot about crooked politicians and swamps but just voted for both of those things because he thinks "mexicins is stealin mah jerb." This is Sally, Sally is a liberal. Sally is going to lose both income and rights thanks to stupid Bob. Sally hates Bob's stupid face now and told him if he's so f------ afraid of his fellow Americans he should lock himself away in his safe space fallout shelter and f--- himself into oblivion. This is Bob. He voted for Trump. This is Bob's friend Sally. Sally voted for Clinton. Bob-& Sally-are sti friends, because Bob-and Sally are both adults. -Be like Bob-and-Sally- Sally's "friends" were so-called "Liberals" who were not very Liberal, tried to poison Sally's mind and make her leave Bob. Fortunately, Sally hasn't completely lost her mind yet and she listened as Bob patiently explained to her everything about Saudi-controlled Hillary, lying mainstream media, p-------- enablers and making America great again. In the end, Sally told her Liberal c--- "friends" to BTFO and she gave Bob the "Liberal tears" coffee mug as a birthday present. She also performed oral sex on him several times. Be like Bob.
This is Bob. He votes Republican. This is Bob's friend, Sally. Sally votes Democratic. Bob and Sally are still friends, because Bob and Sally are both beneficiaries of they don't give a f--- about the sytem so 'anyone but themselves F--- these two *** This is Bob. He voted Republican. This is Bob's friend Sally. Sally voted Democrat . Bob wants to put many of Sally's friends into concentration camps. Bob is still friends with Sally because she's white. Sally is still friends with Bob because she is a coward, and challenging white supremacy makes her uncomfortable. This is Bob. He voted for Trump. This is Bob's friend Sally. She voted for Clinton. Bob and Sally are still friends, but Bob is stupid and Sally is smart. Be like Sally.


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