We Hebben Een Serieus Probleem meme and original tweet from Geert Wilders.

We Hebben Een Serieus Probleem

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We Hebben Een Serieus Probleem refers to a viral post on X / Twitter in mid-January 2024 by Dutch politician Geert Wilders and the response by English-speaking users who found the similarities between the Dutch and English languages entertaining, similar to English To Dutch Translations memes. The tweet notably became a reaction image meme format as it spread online.

Origin

On January 17th, 2024, Dutch political leader Geert Wilders (under the X handle @geertwildersppv) posted (seen below) about his concerns on X / Twitter surrounding a law proposed in the Netherlands that would mandate local municipalities across the country to make accommodations for migrants seeking asylum. His post about the topic earned almost 7,000 likes in two days.[1]


Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv We hebben een serieus probleem met de politieke ontwikkelingen mbt de dwangwet en ik hoop dat dat de komende dagen kan worden opgelost. Translated from Dutch by Google We have a serious problem with the political developments regarding the coercion law and I hope that it can be resolved in the coming days. 12:53 PM Jan 17, 2024 10M Views 1.1K 1.6K 6.7K : 587 (→

The law was proposed because in 2024, amid the ongoing European migrant crisis, processing centers for asylum seekers in the Netherlands were reportedly overcrowded and underequipped.[2] Wilders, who made his career as an anti-immigration and Euroskeptic politician,[9] was opposed to the law.

Spread

Following Wilders' post, a number of English-speaking users began to discuss it as an example of the Dutch language's strangeness and beauty. For example, on January 18th, 2024, X user @MattBinder received over 168,000 likes in a day for proposing that the Dutch language sounded like English being spoken by the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks (seen below, left).[4]

Also on January 18th, X user @Grosdoriane referred to the post as a "new dutch reaction image," earning over 30,000 likes and 3,000 reposts in less than a day (seen below, right).[5]


Matt Binder @MattBinder. 17h Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv. Jan 17 We hebben een serieus probleem met de politieke ontwikkelingen mbt de dwangwet en ik hoop dat dat de komende dagen kan worden opgelost. 638 19K 168K ₁9M : 口企 Grosdoriane @Grosdoriane New dutch reaction image just dropped Post Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv 49 We hebben een serieus probleem Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv. Jan 17 We hebben een serieus probleem met de politieke ontwikkelingen mbt de dwangwet en ik hoop dat dat de komende dagen kan worden opgelost. 10:54 PM Jan 18, 2024944.1K Views 12 зк 30K Follow 1.7K : 소

On January 18th, X user and The Eric Andre Show editor Jonathan Kramer (@dietkramer) "did the voice" (seen below) in a repost of the @MattBinder tweet of the original Wilders post, earning over 8,600 likes in a day.[6]


The post by @MattBinder featuring Jar Jar Binks was also reposted on January 18th to the subreddits /r/2westerneurope4u and /r/PrequelMemes, where it received 2,800 and 3,800 upvotes, respectively, in less than a day.[7][8]

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Nick is looking forward to @ikisnick Me whenever a colleague sends an email and then immediately calls me on Teams: Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv We hebben een serieus probleem 40 6:10 AM Jan 18, 2024 832.3K Views 1.2K 20K 1K 企 (→ sidereal @sidereal111 You're laughing. We hebben een serieus probleem and you're laughing 6:49 AM Jan 19, 2024 5,692 Views 5 178 257 16 : (→ mj @bigdybbukenergy we reeli du hebben een serieus probleem because i have to make a work call in two minutes but i cannot stop laughing at the dutch language Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv. Jan 17 We hebben een serieus probleem met de politieke ontwikkelingen mbt de dwangwet en ik hoop dat dat de komende dagen kan worden opgelost. 6:59 PM Jan 18, 2024 4,850 Views 1 174 74 : 口3 (→

OG Anunoomfie @TsukihimeDemake We Hebben een serieus probleem Translate post Brooks Otterlake @i_zzzzzz It's tough to read about the French far-right because you eventually see someone say "le wokisme" and you feel like you're being pranked 4:25 PM 4/3/22 From Earth 31K Renosts 117 Quotes Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv. Jan 17 We hebben een serieus probleem met de politieke ontwikkelingen mbt de dwangwet en ik hoop dat dat de komende dagen kan worden opgelost. 1 1:15 AM Jan 19, 2024 1,038 Views (71 30 口3 : (→ ralph nader ginsburg @seaweedanxiety. 2h it's gonna turn out that the entire dutch language is being written by an american teenager who can't speak dutch r/Scotland 3 yr. ago Ultach × I've discovered that almost every single article on the Scots version of Wikipedia is written by the same person - an American teenager who can't speak Scots 92 Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv. Jan 17 We hebben een serieus probleem met de politieke ontwikkelingen mbt de dwangwet en ik hoop dat dat de komende dagen kan worden opgelost. 179 45 Join ₁1.4K : 口企 Dev Jokes @dev_puns.6h. My manager 1 hour after I push to production: Geert Wilders @geertwilderspvv We hebben een serieus probleem


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in reply to TerribleTrike

Ha, as someone who does not speak Swedish, but speaks English and German, I've always thought that Dutch was some sort of portmanteau of those two languages. Interesting that both of us have a similar perspective, but with different language combinations.

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