We talk a lot these days about “call out culture,” the tendency for people to make big public displays of correcting someone for some unvirtuous behavior in a way that maybe really isn’t warranted. That’s a whole can of worms that needs a lot of discussion on a case by case basis, but there are certain times when there’s really no question: you posted something that absolutely deserves to be called out. Either because it’s super distasteful, or because it’s just a plain ol’, obvious lie.
Often when these moments happen online, the official record disappears as the transgressor quickly deletes what they can of the evidence. But sometimes, they stick around, and they’re glorious.
13. Roll with it
Not the biggest deal in the world but you got the attention of Chrissy Teigen AND a bread company somehow.
How old were you when you found out you had to bake these? pic.twitter.com/I5w7d8AHEZ
— J.R SPLIFF (@THEANTMUULAH__) November 23, 2019
Thank you for clearing this up! We've been answering questions all morning! Hopefully they listen to you! ? ?
— King's Hawaiian (@KingsHawaiian) November 25, 2019
12. I’m not even supposed to be here today
“It turns out you can just put a quote underneath something and attribute it to whomever you want. I love Tiger King.” – Richard Nixon
This is pure bullshit. I never did Keto: I went Vegan and then joined @ww_us to lose my weight. That quote doesn’t sound like me either: as I’ve never jogged and the only pills I take are heart-related, I’m pretty sure they made it up. I feel like Homer when he found Mr. Sparkle! https://t.co/LB8b0IXyUS
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 3, 2019
11. Breaking news
Gotta admire the restraint of an entire dictionary just utilizing one word in their response.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) June 7, 2017
10. This is America
It’s time we called out the real enemies: people who learn about stuff.
I am the chair of the history department at the University of Oregon and I conduct our graduation ceremonies. This did not happen.
— Brett Rushforth (@brettrushforth) December 14, 2019
9. Game on
3GB per hour is still just messing with my mind. My first computer had a 10GB hard drive. I am old.
Video games use around 50-75MB/hour.
Streaming on Netflix uses around 3GB/hour for HD video.
To put that into perspective, Netflix uses more than 30x the data that video gaming uses.
Please stop spreading misinformed information.
— ᴀᴅᴇɴ (@x_BasicallyMe) March 21, 2020
8. PETA problems
Literally who is a PETA fan at this point?
Steve Irwin didn’t have a kill rate over 80% (you do). He didn’t donate $70k to a convicted arsonist (you did). And he wasn’t in bed with eco terrorist networks (again, you). His passion was animal conservation, yours is profit. So take your self-righteous bs and shove it.
— Byron Bluth (@_CallMeBuster_) February 23, 2019
7. Truck you
My money’s on this thing never actually coming out.
6. Trash opinion
You can put any caption under a photo. It’s weird how many people don’t realize that.
5. Video detective
The iPad 2 would have been on American store shelves in 2011-2012.
4. The great outdoors
I mean, she’s clearly in shape anyway, so, no judgement.
3. Advanced computer model
Lol they’re so mad.
2. Left on read
I, too, find myself intimidating.
1. Block my block
Again: YOU. CAN. PUT. ANY. CAPTION. ON. A. PHOTO.
What lessons can we learn here?
- If you lie on the internet, prepare to be called out.
- If you’re a jerk on the internet, prepare to be called out.
- DON’T GET YOUR NEWS FROM MEMES
Got any other examples of this sort of thing happening?
Share ’em in the comments.