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These ‘gonna tell my kids’ memes retell history in the most side-splitting way – USA TODAY

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Sonja Haller


Published 1:00 PM EST Nov 20, 2019

Every parent knows sometimes it’s fun to feed white lies to kids.

This is that time.

Parents and not-parents alike have been amusing themselves and everyone else by creating memes on Twitter under the guise of what they’re “gonna tell my kids.” Users pick a household name, often a celebrity or historical icon, and pair it with a photo and the previously mentioned caption. But the photo is not of that celebrity, and might only share commonalities with that figure. The trick is to find the right Doppleganger for the most hilarious results.

Take for example, this meme inspired by reigning queen of pop Taylor Swift and grunge rocker icon Kurt Cobain. Both are musicians, songwriters and natural blonds.


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Or, perhaps, the household names have little in common. Like this one that references the time a studio head suggested casting actress Julia Roberts for the role of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.   

Whoa! This “Parks and Recreation” bunch Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe and Chris Pratt. So serious. Perfecting the boy band smolder. I guess. 

Snort. Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres posing with Atlanta hip hop band Amigos and wads of cash could be an stand-in for singer Justin Bieber.

These lords of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” DID coin the phrase “gym, tan, laundry.”. So there’s that.  

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No words. Lil Nas X stands tall as the record holder for longest-running No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100, but no so much in this tweet.   

I really miss “Glee.” Especially narcissistic Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and angel-voiced Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer). They may not have had chart-topping hits, nor the real romance of say, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. They couldn’t. They loved the same men.  

Sadly, they will believe you. A “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” indie band, led by Scott (Michael Cera) is no Beatles. 

Of course, Panic! At the Disco’s frontman Brendon Urie would be compared to Abraham Lincoln with that hat.

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