God Forbid Women Have Hobbies meme example depicting scarlet witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in a tweet.

God Forbid Women Have Hobbies

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God Forbid Women Have Hobbies is a catchphrase used in memes that humorously excuse behavior that is normally considered criminal or socially unacceptable, such as cheating, stealing and committing murder, downplaying these deeds as "hobbies." Spawned by a viral tweet, the phrase first achieved virality in the spring of 2023, with the male counterpart God Forbid Men Have Hobbies also seeing use online.


On January 29th, 2023, Twitter user @fordholden made a quote tweet of the Euphoria character Jules captioned "all she did was cry and cheat," writing, "god forbid women have hobbies" (tweet has since been deleted). On January 31st, Instagram[1] account dropmycroissants made the earliest repost of the tweet, with the post gaining over 41,000 likes in six months (shown below).

kathleen @fordholden god forbid women have hobbies MOONBOYLUNO @BerlunoJupit... 1d all she did was cry and cheat Show this thread . 000


The catchphrase did not see further spread until March 3rd, 2023, when Twitter[2] user @paulswhtn captioned a post about Succesion character Siobhan Roy with the phrase. The post gained over 680 reposts and 6,900 likes in five months.

Following the post by @paulswhtn, the phrase achieved virality on Twitter where it was used in quote tweets about women, both real and fictional, displaying behavior that is either criminal or generally frowned upon.

For example, on March 8th, Twitter[3] user @1ux1isbon posted a tweet that received over 2,800 reposts and 45,000 likes in five months (shown below, left). On March 19th, Twitter[4] user @meradceu captioned a tweet accusing Marvel character Scarlet Witch of murder, torture and kidnapping with the phrase. The post (shown below, right) received over 5,800 reposts and 44,100 likes in five months.

Principal Ava Coleman stan @1ux1isbon god forbid women have hobbies Pop Tingz @ThePopTingz . Mar 8 Cole Sprouse claims he has been cheated on emotionally or physically in every relationship he has been in. E 4:40 PM · Mar 8, 2023 1.8M Views : @meradceu God forbid women have hobbies. lenore @witchesroad Mar 18 mass murderer, tortured people, held people hostage, manslaughter, violent threats, child endangerment, theft 1:01 AM. Mar 19, 2023 1.7M Views :

The catchphrase maintained a notable presence on Twitter[5] through the following months, with multiple tweets using it going viral (example shown below, left). Starting on July 2nd, 2023, a male counterpart of the catchphrase, "god forbid men have hobbies" achieved popularity following a tweet[6] about Hunter Biden that gained over 1,500 retweets and 18,600 likes in one month (shown below, right).

Leanne @onverwijld God forbid women have hobbies OW DW News @dwnews. May 30 A 28-year-old German student is standing trial in Dresden accused of founding a criminal organization and committing six serious attacks on neo-Nazis, in an unusual case of violent left-wing extremism in Germany. trib.al/6QmcRbA 12:18 AM Jun 1, 2023 2.9M Views Collin O'Scopy @collinoscopy God forbid men have hobbies New York Post @nypost Jul 2 Hunter Biden filmed himself smoking crack behind the wheel, driving at 172mph on way to Vegas: photos trib.al/QTO6Qpf BE NICE 2:29 PM Jul 2, 2023 1.2M Views 000981.6 PRNDMA :

Various Examples

oleander @stitchedspider "she was a horrible person!!" god forbid women have hobbies | #stevenuniverse 5:07 PM Apr 18, 2023 15.8K Views . : lucio players balls never drop @transjunkrat God forbid women have hobbies Myles* Professional Reaper Simp + 18 @babxy_rxyes. May 15 the real villain the villain ... 2:30 PM - May 15, 2023 14.6K Views @NoEmmeG God forbid women have hobbies. 4thQuarterTV @4thQuarterTV_ · Jun 5 Two social media influencers were arrested and charged after being caught with 217 pounds of c**aine worth over $2M. ENTI 10:31 AM Jun 6, 2023 5M Views :
Rumania @Rumaniala God forbid women have hobbies. Flame (*) @yanti8ve Jun 12 your "babygirl" just killed people 10:30 AM. Jun 20, 2023 164.6K Views anania ☆ @Anania00 god forbid women have hobbies Pop Base @PopBase Jul 4 Cocaine was found in the White House over the weekend, which sparked the Secret Service to launch an investigation. President Biden was not present in the White House when it was discovered. 2:51 PM Jul 5, 2023 · 570.1K Views ******** ... Gwant:3 (the :3 is silent) @WndowsSucks god forbid men have hobbies DOEFT FOR N Newsweek @Newsweek. Apr 3, 2019 Arkansas men arrested for taking turns shooting each other while wearing bulletproof vest after drinking trib.al/W5uRhOk 6' 6:53 PM Jul 3, 2023 1M Views . : .

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External References

[1] Instagram – dropmycroissants

[2] Twitter – @paulswhtn

[3] Twitter – @1ux1isbon

[4] Twitter – @meradceu

[5] Twitter – @onverwijld

[6] Twitter – @collin0scopy

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