Rupi Kaur Parodies

Rupi Kaur Parodies

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Milk and Honey Parodies refers to images made in parody of the poetry book Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. The book's relatively straightforward presentation of poetry influenced the parodies, as people edited pages of the book to include texts from popular memes.


Kaur originally self-published Milk and Honey on Amazon in 2014.[1] The book was re-released on October of 2015 after being picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing.[7] It was on the New York Times Bestseller list for a full year and has sold over 1 million copies (excerpt shown below).

Excerpt from Milk and Hone by Rupi Kaur

As the book grew very popular, it became the subject of parodies on Twitter from those who did not find the poetry as appealing as others. One of the early popular parodies was posted by @ricardojkay[2] on June 24th, 2017, gaining over 19,000 retweets and 44,000 likes (shown below).

Early parody of Milk And Honey by Fat Bully user @ricardojkay


In the coming months, more parodies would appear online either in text posts or in photoshopped images of the book's pages. A noticeable trend in the jokes is the use of the texts from popular Vine videos in the parodies. Two Vines often quoted are "What the fuck is up Kyle?"[3] and "Miss Keisha"[4] (examples shown below).

Sarah Johnston tweet of a milk and honey parody what the fuck is up Kyle Funny Milk and Honey parody about Miss Keisha

Other popular uses of the meme involve taking text from viral videos and memes and making it appear as though it were a poem from the book by inserting line breaks. For example, on August 5th, @implicittrees[5] uploaded a parody using the text from the Two bros chillin' in a hot tub meme, gaining over 5,000 retweets and 13,000 likes (shown below, left). On August 6th, @EmilyEssex15[6] uploaded a version using the text from I Love This Woman and Her Curvy Body (shown below, right).

Two bros chilling in a hot tub Milk and Honey parody Milk and Honey Parody of the I Love This Woman and Her Curvy Body

Milk and Vine

On November 3rd, 2017, Twitter user Adam Gasiewski tweeted pictures of a book he and Emily Beck created called Milk and Vine, a parody of Milk and Honey in which texts from popular Vines are stylized like Rupi Kaur poetry.[8] The tweet gained over 63,000 retweets and 150,000 likes (shown below).

Adam Gasiewski @a DAMN7 Follow This is my legacy jeff o Take a long f----- sory put a whole bag of jely beaas 20 next time you put your f----- hands on me imma f----- rip off your face bitch milk and vine what'd he do to you adam gasiewski cuz he f----- emily beck llel milk and vine this bitch empty yeet

This was the first mention of the book online, which had been published just prior.[9] Following that tweet, the book began going viral as many purchased the book and tweeted about it praising it. The popularity of the book led to it being the number 1 bestseller on Amazon on November 7th.[11] On November 8th, Buzzfeed[10] wrote about the book, calling it a "way, way better" version of Kaur's work. While many enjoyed the book, detractors found it a cheap way of piggybacking off Kaur's success. Teen Vogue writer Aditi Natasha Kini[12] called the book exemplary of "white mediocrity." It was also critiqued for stealing Viner's work without credit. Gasiewski and Beck said that they never expected the book to become so popular and would be releasing new editions with as much credit given to the original Vines as they could find. The book and its success was covered by Select All.[13]

milk and vine this bitch empty yeet 20 next time you put your f----- hands on me imma f----- rip off your face bitch what'd he do to you cuz he f----- pushed me. y name's ave bae asketball

Various Examples

Milk and Honey Parody meme about how a good book is better than pussy and joked that it is written like a true masterpiece Milk and Honey parody of a song lyrics made into a faux poem on paper Tweet from Kylie @gigglesphil joking at the deep and meaningful Milk and Honey parody poem of shoving a full bag of jellybeans up their butt Milk and Honey parody poem about spending most of 2016 with another person Milk and Honey parody poem about gay men in the kitchen Milk and Honey parody poetry about how Tyler Oakley eats ass

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