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"Come On, It's 2015" / Current Year

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"Come On, It's 2015" / Current Year
Category: Meme Status: Confirmed Year: 2015 Origin: /pol/ Region:
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Tags: john oliver, /pol/, 4chan, come on it's 2015, [current year], pissbeerbreh,

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"Come On, It's 2015" / Current Year

About

"Come On, It's 2015", sometimes iterated as >[Current Year] or "It's 2015," is a catchphrase expression often said by users on 4chan's /pol/ (politically incorrect) board to mock English comedian and pundit John Oliver's frequent resort to reminding his viewers of the present year as a straw man argument against ideas and beliefs which he deems to be old-fashioned or conservative.

Origin

Mentioning the present year has long been used by liberals as a rhetorical device to promote progressive agendas and dismiss conservative beliefs, particularly in the context of issue-specific political debates, with the earliest known online satire of the phrase attributed to an Onion article published in February 2014 with the headline "Report: Stating Current Year Still Leading Argument For Social Reform" (shown below, left). However, the phrase "I mean, come on people, it's [current year]" became a popular fodder for mockeries in late 2015 after it was recognized by users of 4chan as a signature line associated with John Oliver on his late-night TV talk show Last Week Tonight; the oldest 4chan parody of the expression as used by John Oliver can be found in a /tv/ (television & film) thread submitted on September 3rd, 2015 (shown below, right).


Report: Stating Current Year Still Leading Argument For Social Reform NEWS IN BRIEF February 17, 2014 VOL 50 ISSUE 07 . News Civil Right:s WASHINGTON-According to a report released Monday by the Brookings Institution, the single most effective argument in favor of social reform continues to be indignantly saying aloud what the current year is. "When it comes to making a case for reordering the social order, we've failed to find any rhetorical strategy more effective or compelling than saying It's 2014!' and asking why societal change hasn't occurred," said policy analyst Brad Katz, adding that the argument was even more powerful when immediately followed with the phrases "I mean, come on!" or “for crying out loud!" "Furthermore, we found that all social progress throughout our history-including abolition, women's suffrage, and the entire gay rights movement-can be credited to stating the current year, claiming you don't know what year defenders of the status quo are living in, and reminding them that if they happened to look at a calendar, they would notice that the year you state However, the report noted that Americans have recently seen a sharp decline in the effectiveness of stating what country this is d is the current year Anonymous 2015-09-03 14:24:13 No.60586438 YOU'RE NOT A BLACK LESBIAN T---------- SOCIALIST IN AN INTERRACIAL GAY RELATIONSHIP WITH AN ILLEGAL MEXICAN- JEWISH LITTLE PERSON T----------? THATS LIKE DENYING THE HOLOCAUST! COME ON IT'S 2015! TWENTY FIFTEEN, PEOPLE ARE YOU F------ MAD? IT'S LIKE BEING A POSH ENGLISHMAN STILL BOILING HIS BEEF OR GETTING YOUR NEWS SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE OF MY SHOW AND TUMBLR! HOW OUT OF TOUCH CAN YOU BE? IT'S JUST NOT DONE! TWENTY FIFTEEEEEEEEEEEEEN

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On September 29th, 2015, Bodybuilding Forums user PissBeerBreh highlighted the satirical use of the phrase on 4chan in a discussion thread titled "Come on!!!! It's 2015!!!!!!!!!!!™." In the thread, the original poster (OP) openly criticizes John Oliver's resort to the expression as a logical fallacy:

The argument is literally this: "We are living in a year."

So because we're living in 2015, you need to check your privilege and agree with them or you're a racist bigot homophobic cisshet Islamophobic conservative trans hating KKK member of Westboro Baptist Church.


In the following months, numerous discussion threads addressing the popularity of the expression emerged on other 4chan boards, including /pol/ (politically incorrect), /a/ (anime & manga) and /v/ (video games), where many users similarly began poking fun at the cliched nature of the phrase and dubbed John Oliver the "Le 2015 Man."

By the end of 2015 the expressions started to gain even more popularity, with /pol/ users joking about how John Oliver would get increasingly stressed that 2015 would end. Many threads were created mocking the British Comedian on 4chan boards. Many of these threads eventually were shared on the 4chan subreddit. On New Years Day 2016, user /u/aleon33 shared "Some of you liberals are alright…"[13] on /r/4chan, the post quickly reached the frontpage and as of January 5th 2016 has accumulated about 4894 upvotes and 559 comments.


Examples


<i I MEAN ITS 2015 COME ON!!! ABSOLUTELY 2 0 16
File: 1403298376638.jpg (59 KB, 580x386) □ Anonymous 11/08/15(Sun)04:36:34 No.62542 175 >262542247>>62542272 >>62543836>>62543874 audience giggles, titters, whispers "Now.." light laughter breaks out in eager anticipation White people. bhearty guffawing "I mean, really." audience member starts crying from laughing so hard It's not 1600 anymore. We don't need to navigate around the Horn of Africa to find India anymore." audience members s--- themselves in unrestrained laughter "Let's face it, white people are like what you'd get if you take a Flock of Seagulls concert and add Nyquil." tears of laughter deluge the audience, causing severe dehydration "I mean, really. Why do we need white people? To copy out the Bible onto parchment paper in a monastery? laughter so fierce that glass in the studio shatters, raining down and killing the elderly "I MEAN REALLY" foundation of building shakes with the resonance of hilarity, triggering an earthquake "IT'S 2015 PEOPLE" laughter can be picked up on AM radio, distorting satellite signals and causing oil tankers to crash into coastlines >Hyenas in zoos across the nation driven mad by what they perceive to be the calls of their species and devour one another >Obama issues executive order to level redwood forests, creating enough sawdust to cover the billions of gallons of vomit unleashed by the laughter >The exaggerated eccentricity of Earth's orbit slingshots the moon out of orbit The French surrender HBO greenlights another 19 seasons John Oliver returns home after a hard day's work to enjoy the sleep of the just

Usage in Politics

The phrase has been also frequently employed by a multitude of liberal politicians, most notably Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau, as well as many activists in the social justice blogosphere in defense of a wide range of politically progressive agendas.



It's 2017!

On February 6th, 2017, an anonymous 4chan user suggested that /pol/ users troll liberals by turning the "current year" meme against them (shown below).[14]


Anonymous ID:tdjp/iJ6 Mon 06 Feb 2017 16:53:01 No. 111408809Report >111402035 Wait does this mean we can turn the "current year" meme towards them? For example syou're still a liberal? Come on, it's 2017 sare you gay? But why, you do know it's 2017 and not the [insert decade] >you support abortion? You're on the wrong side of history, like come on now it's 2017 for God's sakel Expect some royal triggerings

Some users began subsequently using "it's 2017" ironically in defense of bigotry. captioning pictures of neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan with the expression (shown below).


COME ON MAN T S2017 10 1 4:07 WHITE POWER

Search Interest

External References



Tags: john oliver, /pol/, 4chan, come on it's 2015, [current year], pissbeerbreh,


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