This is the sheriff of not countenancing our buffoonery.
The Twitter community has been having quite the week. When they weren’t going starkers over Donald Trump Jr.’s emails or Amazon Prime Day or fancy sandwiches and us plebes who can’t understand them, they were assembling a virtual army of new sheriffs in town. The first joke started long before the meme took off; back on June 7th, comedian and Filmdrunk Frotcast guest Brandon Wardell tweeted some cryptic emoji art:
The absurdist joke paid off a few weeks later with this borderline-safe for work tweet.
It could have easily (happily?) ended there, but never underestimate how much people love emoji. The sheriff meme took off in the past week, with this viral tweet from last Friday being my introduction to the meme:
Even corporations identified the opportunity to interface with millennials in this fast-paced internet economy.
Other sheriffs came along to comment about emoji.
And more sheriffs soon followed:
This sheriff has clearly tapped my phone.
One sheriff came along to remind people who started the joke:
And at least one person brought up GamerGate, which we’re almost tempted to write as “GamerG*te” just so psychos searching the term on Google won’t spout hot garbage in the comments.
Some of the tweets referenced other fads of the day among Twitter addicts:
And other tweets were also meta-jokes for fellow Twitter users:
And it kept getting even more meta from there:
Well, this got dark.
(A tip of the sheriff’s hat to Pedestrian TV for a few of these.)