This Was Considered Comically X In Y
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This Was Considered Comically X In Y refers to a phrasal template used by meme creators to satirically identify social norms and standards that have changed over the years. The "X" is most often replaced with an adjective and the "Y" is replaced with a year or time period. The most common adjectives used were "comically large," "comically obese," "comically overweight" and "comically ugly." The meme started with a viral tweet on Twitter in late 2021, spreading to iFunny and Instagram, among other platforms, in 2022 and 2023.
On September 5th, 2021, Twitter user @ElijahSchaffer posted about Augustus Gloop from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory saying, "In 1971 when the original Willy Wonka was released, Augustus Gloop was considered 'comically' fat and an extreme example of gluttony / In 2021, this is just an average 8th grader." The tweet gained roughly 3,300 likes in one and a half years (shown below, left). About a month later, on November 29th, 2021, Twitter user @modrenman999 tweeted a photo of George Costanza from Seinfeld, captioned, "This was considered comically overweight in the 90’s," earning roughly 32,700 likes in the same timeframe (shown below, right).
After Twitter user @modrenman999's tweet, the phrasal template gained usage by others on the app. For instance, on November 30th, 2021, Twitter user @MuslimTom_ tweeted a photo of Mr. Creosote from Monty Python, captioning it, "This was considered comically overweight in the 1980s," gaining roughly 1,500 likes in a year and a half (shown below).
Roughly a year later, the meme gained significant spread, mostly due to a copycat tweet uploaded by Twitter user @kennedytcooper on September 22nd, 2022 that made the same George Costanza joke as Twitter user @modrenman999. @kennedytcooper's tweet gained roughly 25,000 likes in eight months (shown below, left). Viral iterations continued to surface going into 2023, such as a tweet sent by Twitter user @AHAB_INC on April 6th, 2023, that labeled a scene from Drake and Josh with Goth girls as "comically unattractive in 2005," gaining roughly 11,100 likes in one month (shown below, right).
The memes also spread elsewhere in 2023, such as a meme posted by iFunny user @Soren on April 30th, 2023, that referenced the comically large spoon, gaining roughly 12,900 smiles in nine days (shown below, left). On May 8th, 2023, Twitter user @huge.poop posted a meme that referenced the "I am a surgeon, Dr. Han!" meme, gaining roughly 2,000 likes in one day (shown below, right).
 Twitter – @ElijahSchaffer
 Twitter – @modrenman999
 Twitter – @MuslimTom_
 Twitter – @kennedytcooper
 Instagram – @huge.poop
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