It’s a simple fact: 2020 is the Year of Bad Bunny. El Conejo Malo has been everywhere – from epic SNL skits and moving performances on late night TV to the Billboard Hot 200 chart. And he’s been making history in the process.
Millions of fans have been stanning Bad Bunny so hard this year and it’s about time the reggaetónero from Puerto Rico gets the recognition he’s long deserved. And what does the Internet do when it wants to give that recognition? Well, it makes memes of course!
Here is a round up of some of the very best Bad Bunny memes that exist on the world wide webs:
Tell me where the lie is!
Hit after hit, bop after bop, Bad Bunny has delivered consecutive hits and I am here for each and every one of them. From ‘RLNDT’ and ‘NI BIEN NI MAL’ from X 100PRE to ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ and ‘Ignorantes’ on YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny has given us not one but two albums of the summer.
The song that launched a meme challenge!
From shocked abuelas and tías to disapproving mothers, ‘Safaera’ has turned into a viral hit – and it’s 100% a song that I can’t wait to dance to once we can hit the clubs once again.
I feel this all the way.
Tell me I’m lying!
Bad Bunny has taken 2020 by storm – and I stan so hard.
With all that’s going on in the world and with so many of us under stay-at-home orders, this meme couldn’t speak a louder truth. Bad Bunny has steamrolled society with not one but two albums in the span of a couple of months. But society is ready for it.
Pretty sure that if Bad Bunny so much as breathes, we all feel it.
I feel connected to him on a special level – he speaks to so many of us in so many ways that this meme might as well be true.
Have you not done this?
Yup, totally been here. Phone call from abuela? Not answering. Slack chat from boss? Ignore. Text from mom? Not replying.
Nothing comes between me and my YHLQMDLG listening time.
The Holy Trinity
The Holy Trinity in all of its glory: X 100PRE, Oasis, and YHLQMDLG. Though how it will look once we add in Las Que No Iban A Salir?!
People need to show some respect!
Yes, that’ all I’m asking for! A moment of respect. Please!
Bad Bunny is helping to heal the world – or at least holds me tight in those scary moments.
And this couldn’t be any more real! With so much going on in the world and all of the uncertainty, Bad Bunny has provided that much-needed comfort blanket that has held me close in all of these crises.
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Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Puerto Ricans are American citizens (without the right to vote). Music made in Puerto Rico would then be considered American music since it is part of the U.S. However, one Karen in Wisconsin just doesn’t understand that and had a complete meltdown.
A very angry white woman went on an expletive-filled rant against people barbecuing in the park because of their music.
A woman made a point recently to verbally attack a Puerto Rican family while barbecuing in a park. What did they do to offend the woman? They were playing Bad Bunny. The woman, who has not been identified, called on the group to play American music because they are in America.
“You are so fucking disrespectful,” the Wisconsin Karen told the group when they called her disrespectful. “Puerto Ricans. Fuck all this.”
During her rant, the group turns on Bad Bunny’s “Safaera” and continued to argue with her.
“Safaera” is one of Bad Bunny’s most popular songs. It would be pretty hard to convince people that this song is something that should be turned off. Like, Why can’t people just enjoy their time out and about without having to get into a racist, xenophobic argument?
Some Puerto Ricans on Twitter made sure to remind her how lucky she is to be in Wisconsin.
This isn’t the first time someone was verbally harassed in a park for showing their Puerto Rican heritage. One man was charged with a hate crime after trying to attack a woman in Chicago who was wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag on it. It is a true testament to their resolve that the Puerto Rican family being yelled at were able to stay calm and level-headed. Granted, they did argue back but it seems they were provoked.
It seems the woman needs a basic civics lesson on how Puerto Ricans are Americans.
A poll conducted by Morning Consult found that half of Americans do not know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. The confusion has been exacerbated by President Trump during the early stages of Hurricane Maria recovery. The Trump administration has been criticized for its treatment of Puerto Rico.
People commented on the Facebook video about how else the situation could have been handled.
If she wants to hear American music, then let her hear American music. Crank that volume all the way up and let her hear the true range of American music. There’s nothing better than educating someone when they let their ignorance be known.
One person is just feeling bad for the man clearly trying to get the confrontational woman moving.
He really just wants to keep it moving. It is almost like he realized before she did that being on camera saying racist things is not a good look in the time of social media and doxxing.
Smartphones have changed the way we live by giving us a chance to capture moments like this and broadcast them to the world. Social media serves as a way to really make the most out of the public shaming.
Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. Social-distancing. This is all the news we hear these days and as important as it is to stay up to date on what’s happening with the virus and how to stay safe and healthy, forgive me if I don’t want a tiny break from all the seriousness.
So, you can imagine my delight when I was scrolling my Twitter feed and saw tweet after tweet about a Coronavirus-themed lotería. La lotería is a tradition soooo many of us grew up playing so it’s interesting to see it get a 2020 interpretation.
Could this be real? What could the cards for el mano or la botella look like in this Covid-19 reality we’re currently living in? I had to find out.
So I sat down with an artist who’s created his own Coronavirus-themed lotería set to find out more about his inspiration.
Artist Rafael Gonzales Jr. (on Instagram as @PINCHE_RAF_ART) has created a series of incredibly unique lotería cards that can really thank the current Coronavirus pandemic for their existence: from face masks and hand sanitizer to toilet paper roll, these cards are emblematic of the times we’re living in.
The modern take on the traditional game is called ‘Pandemia Lotería’ and each card (he’s made 31 so far) features a name and image inspired by our new normal of social-distancing, self-isolation, extreme hand-washing, and even the stimulus checks.
What message were you hoping to send about the Coronavirus and our current climate by creating these new cards?
“You know originally this was a very selfish endeavor. I needed a creative outlet for the new experiences we are all going through. It became a project that helped me to connect to others through humor and a childhood game. Now, I think my message has become one of bringing a lightness to the heaviness of the pandemic. It is a serious global problem, but laughing at our shared experiences is what being human is all about.”
Have you created new interpretations of all 54 cards – or if not, do you plan to create all 54?
“I have about 31 cards completed and 2 additional specialty cards that won’t be in the game I am putting out soon. My plan for the project is to get as many cards in an art print as possible. I have been a little sidetracked creatively with some of the business side of launching an e-commerce [site] for the game. It has been a whirlwind, but people have responded really well to the cards and my goal from the onset of all this was to try and paint the situation in a light form. To sort of change the heaviness of the news cycle and remind people that better days are coming and those better days often include a game of lotería.”
Are there specific reasons you chose these images to illustrate these titles or what’s your thinking behind them?
“Visually la Chalupa seems so sincere and serene. I feel it is one of the more complex original illustrations of lotería, so I thought it would be a humorous twist to associate her with fake news and the dolphins in the canals of Venice that were virally shared. The quaran15 was a simple, self-deprecating joke that ran through my head after my wife started to bake more. From banana bread to cookies, I knew I was putting on weight and gonna be built like a barril after all this. I used to see my grandmother’s use Armour manteca all the time to make tortillas and so the coloring became a play on that.”
Are you taking any suggestions? I know people who would love to see Susana Distancia and Los Amuletos (thanks, AMLO!)
“I’ve received a ton of suggestions and I think it has been great. I think part of the reason the cards have been popular is because they are relatable. I sometimes sit with a suggestion and see if it is something I can put my own twist on, while also staying true to my own vision for the project. Some ideas I don’t think I can do justice to or put in the right context so that is why I haven’t taken them on.”
Will it be possible to purchase these loteria cards? Or if it’s already possible, can you point our readers in the right direction?
“The game itself will be printed in a few weeks. Preorders went on April 23 and people can reserve theirs here and other merch like t-shirts can be found on my online store.”
And Rafael isn’t the only one getting in on the game – even Mexico City has its own Coronavirus-themed lotería game.
Like so many other cities around the world, Mexico City is still under a strict stay-at-home order to help flatten the curve. With so many people stuck at home, what’s better than playing a game of an old favorite but with a relevant twist? And as the game’s creators point out – while being reminded of the measures we should all be taking to combat this pandemic.
The Coronavirus Lotería is available as a download to use as a background, you can share it on social media, or you can even play remotely with friends.
And last December, Google commemorated the game with its very own Google Doodle.
Last December, Google had an online version of the game that replaced some cards for modern talks. The El Apache, El borracho, El diablito, El gorrito, La muerte, El negrito, El soldado, and El valiente cards were replaced with El ajolote (“the axolotl“), El buscador, La concha, El elote, El emoji, El gorro, El guacamole, and El xoloitzcuintle (or the Mexican hairless dog.)
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