Forwards From Grandma

Forwards From Grandma

Updated Feb 21, 2018 at 12:10PM EST by Matt.

Added Feb 14, 2018 at 05:32PM EST by Matt.

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Forwards From Grandma is a genre of memes that are typically enjoyed by the elderly and sent to their grandchildren or that parody that type of image via email. These usually include memes featuring politically conservative viewpoints, illogical juxtapositions between animated characters, like Minions, and motivational expressions and chain letters.


While people likely complained or joked about the messages the receive from their parents or grandparents offline for years, the earliest known usage of "Forwards From Grandma" online was posted on the blog Ahh Yeah[1] on July 3rd, 2008. That day, they posted "I’m starting a new series of blogs titled “Forwards from Grandma”. I’m only going to post the ones that are true. About half don’t pass the test." The images on the site were of disaster photos from a tornado and flood in Iowa.


Three years later, on December 9th, 2011, Redditor[4] Eduard_Khil launched the subreddit /r/forwardsfromgrandma. The subreddit suggests users "Only submit content that fits the spirit of this subreddit (Something grandma FWD'd to you, shared with Facebook, cut out and put on her fridge, etc) and try to start submissions with, "FWD" or any variation thereof. No satire please, even if it goes over your Grandma's head." As of February 2018, more than 147,000 users subscribe to the subreddit (example posts below).

YOU SAY I'M RACIST BECAUSE I DONT WANT ILLEGALS HERE? I HAVE SOME NEWS FOR YOU. "ILLEGAL" ISNT A RACE, MORONS Kevin Sorbo @ksorbs Only in America are legal citizens labeled "racists" and "Nazis," but llegal aliens are called "Dreamers." 2/11/18, 6:29 PM i do v ish , was allowed back in your schools

On September 9th, 2012, Redditor [2] dissonance07 published a scale to rate a post of teenagers reenacting a childhood photo. They wrote "TO put the hilarity of this in context" and then published an ASCII-style scale from "The finer points of contract law" to "Forwards from Grandma."

↑ [-] dissonance07 7 points 5 years ago To put the hilarity of this in context: This post The finer points of contract lavw Forwards from Grandma

The following year, on April 17th, 2013, BuzzFeed [3] posted a listicle called "The 42 Types of Emails Forwards Your Grandparents Send You." The post outlines several email classificaitons grandparents send, including "The 'Back In My Day…' Email" and "The 'Video Games Have Ruined Everything' Email" (examples below).

1. The "Back In My Day..." Email Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren! The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1910: wwwtWwtwwwwwwwwkkwwtww*A The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year. Why do we call the last one generation Y? A cartoonist explains it eloquently below...Learned something new today! OURNAL DE QUEBECI MARDI 22 JANVIER 2008 GENERATION 9. Vision Tests How to Test Shortsightedness Normal vision people will see Einstein in the picture below Short-sighted people will see Marilyn Monroe If you see Einstein in the picture, walk back a few metres and you'll see it into Marilyn Monroe.

On February 3rd, 2014, Redditor[5] BLATANTLY_POTATO started the parody subreddit /r/forwardsfromhitler. The purpose of the subreddit is to "Share and make fun of Nazi, racist and Neo-Nazi propaganda." The subreddit has more than 13,000 subscribers in four years.[6]

Months later, on October 10th, Redditor[7] Sharknado_1 started the /r/ForwardsFromKlandma, which also parodies /r/forwardsfromgrandma with the aim to "mock racists and the other horrible characters from the so-called 'alt-right'." As of February 2018, the subreddit has more than 14,000 subscribers (example below).


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ASKS FOR HELP SETTING UP EMAIL FORWARDS YOU CHANLETTERS EVERYDAY DO TS SNAP AND Just for HaHa and HeHe's! do not redistribute You cant separte me from my baby! No problem! 品
WHY YOU STILL COMPLAINING ABOUTTRUMP? NATION IN DISTRESS like us on facebook Folow us on @nationindistress SHOULDNT.YOU BEA CANADIAN BY NOWA Be Proud To Be White.. I have been wondering about why Whites are racists, and no other race is... Michael Richards makes his point... and whether we like it or not, he is telling the truth. Michael Richards, better known as Kramer from TVs Seinfeld, does make a good point. This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act. THE MYTH OF "CONSENSUAL" SEX CONSENT CONSENT I DON'T! ISN'T THERE SOMEBODY YOU FORGOT TO ASK?

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I might be wrong, but I am fairly certain that obsessive dedication to talking politics, mocking other people's political opinions, using memes for anything other than fun and using Twitter are far more commonly associated with young people, not the elderly. They barely share image macros and Minions, at best.

This smells like projection and denial.


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