WWIII memes

Ever since 2020 started many kids in GenZ have been making memes about a “potential war” that might happen. 

It all started when the United States of America killed the Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani, by a drone strike. After that, Iran began to threaten the United States which is what scared most people and had them in fear of war. 

In response to this many people in Gen Z started to make memes. They started making memes about the war itself and the drafts. 

According to NBCNews.com, the hashtags ‘WWIII’ and ‘WW3’ have been viewed on the short-form video app TikTok 1.6 billion times.

These memes are very controversial, some people love them and think they are funny, while others hate everything about them. Everyone is different and take things different ways so asking students at our school if the memes are funny and if we should be making them will help us clear up the controversy.

Freshman Cassidy Shaffer shared her thoughts on the issue.

“It depends, and no because it’s like an actual political involvement that we shouldn’t have taken place in,” Shaffer said.

Ninth grader Grace Metivier also shared her thoughts.

“No, I don’t think they’re funny. I don’t think it should be something made into a joke because it could be a very real and scary thing,” Metivier said.

Freshman Riley Weitzel stated that she finds the memes disrespectful.

“I don’t think that World War 3 memes are funny because first and second World War were both a sad time and it’s not something to be taken lightly, so that means that the memes they are making is kind of disrespectful to all the people who were considered in the wars because if there is World War 3 that’s not a joke,” Weitzel said. “They shouldn’t be making the memes anyway because first of all that’s disrespectful to the country because who fought in these wars.”

Ninth grader Isabella Pilon said some of the memes can be funny, but it isn’t the right topic to joke about.

“Some of the TikTok videos can be a bit funny, but over all it isn’t a joking matter,” Pilon said. “No, we shouldn’t make them because it’s mean and it could actually happen in the future.”