When you're stuck in gridlocked traffic, there's nothing like reading tacky bumper stickers to pass the time. When drivers slap ridiculous memes that perfectly identify the type of character they are on their vehicles, it's open season for mockery and judgment.
Twitter user @aimeeclarke spotted a bumper sticker that declared: "No airbags, we die like real men."
She posted it online for full Twitterverse mockery:
*uses last breath to grunt in Extremely Manly Voice* living is for GIRLS https://t.co/uN561EyZT5— art cop (@art cop)1509949863.0
And Twitter, of course, obliged...
@aimeeclarke @DrPizza We die like real men. "Stupidly and preventably."— Paul Thurrott (@Paul Thurrott)1510008371.0
@aimeeclarke @Worthless_Bums He died the same way he lived: like an idiot.— Luke Van In (@Luke Van In)1509950935.0
@aimeeclarke @evepeyser *slams skull against dashboard* HELL YEAH BRO— Justin K Comer 🎷 (@Justin K Comer 🎷)1509983831.0
@aimeeclarke As someone who drives an '85 VW... https://t.co/HSQeJibLbk— Bruce (@Bruce)1509981536.0
The meme "We die like men" gained popularity in August 2016 as a snowclone, where the words "airbags" and "die" are used interchangeably in jokes. A popular example is one that was posted by "grec1a" on Tumblr that read, “No proofreading, we die like men,” which went on to amass over 76,000 responses.
The "No airbags" bumper sticker is a big hit, however, with satisfied customers on Amazon writing reviews like this one: "Great decal, truly defines my disregard for personal safety and machismo. 10/10 would drive aggressively with this decal adorning my vehicle again."
At 68,000 likes, Aimee's tweet is her first that has gone viral. A user asked, "Is this your first viral tweet? It’s a weird feeling hey!" and "It’s only happened to me once and I had the same feeling! My phone was literally running hot. Had to log out for a bit." Unsure of her viral status, Aimee expressed how she wasn't particularly fond of the flood of responses. "I spent all day trying to figure out how to make the notifications stop haha," she replied.
@aimeeclarke Mate that tweet has gone completely bonkers; you’re a celeb now— A Literate Serf (@A Literate Serf)1510004259.0
But she wasn't mad about it either. She added, "My friends told me to delete the tweet if i hated the notifications and i was like 'NO THIS IS MY FIVE MINUTES.'
Although viral status did not come without controversy.
One guy's response to Aimee's tweet ignited a bit of a battle of the sexes:
@aimeeclarke Not to mansplain but this is meant sardonically. Ironic chest thumping. Whenever I do something potent… https://t.co/sws5v0xZd6— Jim Margolis (@Jim Margolis)1509980282.0
@aimeeclarke ..most of you miss my joke post & the spirit it was offered in, then there's a bunch of animosity, som… https://t.co/98UYgYLOIW— Jim Margolis (@Jim Margolis)1510071924.0
@aimeeclarke Wow, I've never seen so many humorless scolds together in one thread before. First, OP seems to miss t… https://t.co/mmeL7upJe8— Jim Margolis (@Jim Margolis)1510071855.0
@aimeeclarke If OP didn't want comments, maybe Twitter was the wrong place to post that. But hey, good talk everybody! /3— Jim Margolis (@Jim Margolis)1510071959.0
@jimmargo @aimeeclarke "Not to mansplain, but...*mansplains*" is the new "no offense, but...*something offensive*" 🙄— Shannon Plush (@Shannon Plush)1510002765.0
@jimmargo @aimeeclarke "Not to mansplain, but *mansplains*"— Fiona the Demonic Lesbian (@Fiona the Demonic Lesbian)1509989511.0
@communismisking @bumbervevo @jimmargo @aimeeclarke https://t.co/8VRFBrdxhK— Fiona the Demonic Lesbian (@Fiona the Demonic Lesbian)1510053986.0
But it didn't stop Aimee from posting this gem:
are these guys in some kind of masc gang together https://t.co/E0t6pEjGpb— art cop (@art cop)1511948905.0
@aimeeclarke Lol Bloke's Advice is a fb group where they mass to share heaps blokey stuff about tits and cars and beers.— Jo (@Jo)1511949485.0
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