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Let's Say, Hypothetically refers to a series of parody snowclone memes which imagine conservative pundit Ben Shapiro talking about the various subjects by presenting a certain hypothetical situation. The memes usually start with the phrase "let's say, hypothetically" and include phrases often used by Shapiro in his arguments such as "for the sake of the argument," "in fact," etc. The phrase has also been parodied as a copypasta associated with Shapiro that includes many variations using the phrasal template.


On April 26th, 2017, YouTube[1] channel Conservative Central posted a video titled "Ben Shapiro DESTROYS Climate Change AGAIN!!!" in which conservative pundit Ben Shapiro argues about the climate change by presenting a hypothetical situation in which the water level rises by ten feet (video no longer available). On May 31st, 2019, YouTuber[2] hbomberguy posted a video "Climate Denial: A Measured Response" that used the clip, adding a humorous reaction to it. The video received over 2 million views in one year.

So let's say, for the sake of argument, that all water levels around the world rise by, let's say, five feet over the next hundred years. Say, ten feet by the next hundred years. It puts all the low-lying areas on the coast underwater. Let's say, all of that happens. You think that people aren't just going to sell their homes and move?

On the same day, YouTube[3] user Sara Funflower posted the clip and the reaction as a separate video, with the upload gaining over 479,300 views in two years.

On August 31st, 2019, Twitter[4] user @clithaver made a two-part post parodying Shapiro's manneurisms, with the first tweet receiving over 9,000 retweets and comments and 39,600 likes in one year (shown below).

mountain dew c-- blast @clithaver let's say, you've been a bad girl. let's say, hypothetically, you've been a naughty girl even. ok, and if you were a naughty girl you would also be my dirty little slut right? then hypothetically speaking you would be my little c------. now let's say that you're also daddy's girl 2:38 PM · Aug 31, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone mountain dew c-- blast @clithaver now that we've established you're both a bad girl and daddy's girl, then i believe you'd agree with me when i say that you deserve a spanking. am i not correct? a bad girl deserves a spanking and as i am daddy, you are my girl, so i am the one who must provide punishment. 6:41 PM · Aug 31, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone


Also on August 31st, @clithaver[5] posted a dub of his meme, with the video gaining over 329,000 views, 6,000 retweets and 17,700 likes in one year (shown below).

The dubbed version of the meme received viral spread online in the following days, including reuploads by iFunny[6] user ISIS_Chan and YouTube[7] user bruh sound effect 2.

During the second half of 2019, the format saw limited spread online, with several viral posts on Twitter and Reddit. For example, on October 9th, 2019, Twitter [8]user @yourfaveweezer posted a Weezer joke based on the format that received over 2,100 retweets and comments and 8,800 likes in nine months. An October 10th, iFunny[9] repost of the tweet received 1,500 smiles in the same period. On November 28th, 2019, Twitter[10] user @OmegaBlack1631 made a My Chemical Romance joke that received over 2,200 retweets and comments and 9,300 likes in eight months (shown below, right).

Your Fave Is In Weezer! @yourfaveweezer So let's say that, hypothetically, for the sake of the argument, I, am in fact, in Weezer. weezer 7:53 PM · Oct 9, 2019 · Twitter Web Client Let's say hypothetically... When I was a young boy, My father took me into the city to see a marching band, and hypothetically he said "Son, when you grow up, would you be the savior of the broken."

On January 13th, 2020, Tumblr[11] user tf2vr posted a joke which referenced the Kitty Cat Dance. The post received over 151,800 likes and reblogs on Tumblr and was widely circulated online in the following months.

lets say, hypothetically, im a cat. a kitty cat. and for the sake of debate, lets say i dance dance dance.

The meme format saw moderate spread online in the following months until notably increasing strarting in mid-June 2020.


Numerous variations of the quote have been used as copypastas associated with Ben Shapiro. For example, Redditor outofthecoral posted one such variant to the /r/copypasta[12] subreddit on October 28th, 2019, receiving 30 upvotes in roughly three years.

Other versions have been uploaded to various copypasta sites over the years, such as the Copypasta Text website[13] and Twitch Quotes[14] (shown below).

Let's say, hypothetically, that you are on your bed, and let's suppose that you are also submissive and breedable. Now, let's say you are a male. Statistically speaking, humans, that are submissive and breedable tend to be femboys, that's a fact (which doesn't about your feelings). Hypothetically under these circumstances, it would be statistically speaking uncontroversial to assume you would be wearing thigh highs (which would boost your breedability factor by about 20%). Now let's assume you are an SJW SOCIALIST LIBTARD, and let's say I was you, would it not be under these circumstances, the only correct course of action for you to take to ABSOLUTELY WRECK AND DESTROY me (in a debate) in bed?

Various Examples

LETS JUST SAY. HYPOTHETICALLY THAT YOU WERE A BIG MOUTH FAN THEORETICALLY WOULDNT IT BE FAIR TO ASSUME THAT YOU'RE A P--------? SomeBlackGuy @someblackg Let's say, hypothetically, you got that drip. @aaron th @pinkmeth.v2 6:00 PM · Feb 4, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Al€x @YungAlex69420 Let's say, hypothetically, he turns himself into a pickle. Now let's also say he's called pickle rick. Now that we've established this, l'd think you'd agree with me here that it's the funniest s--- either of us have ever seen. 4:06 PM - Mar 15, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

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Let's say, hypothetically, that I rush into a hospital. Say, quite briskly, and with a visible sense of urgency behind it. Now, for the sake of argument, let's say that I speak with the receptionist, and am directed to, say the doctor, who then, in this scenario, points me to a hospital room in the maternity ward. Let's say all of that happens. Would I not enter the room to find my wife interred for a miscarriage?


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