The Best Internet Moments of 2023

THE the Internet is evolving quickly, and if you’re not online regularly (like me), you’re going to miss some of the best stuff. That’s why we’ve put together a list, in no particular order, of some of the best Internet moments of the year.

We have everything you need, from AI trickery to spy on balloon suspicions. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

Wednesday All!

Jenna Ortega at "Wednesday" first, in a black dress and veil.

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those of Netflix Wednesday has inspired everyone to unleash their inner weirdo, online and offline. The main character crazy dance sequence became a sensation on TikTok, Wednesday– thematic narratives have appeared everywhere, since Roblox has ASMRand the series transformed star Jenna Ortega into the It girl of the moment, with appearances on late-night shows and “The hot ones“.

“Queer icon” M3GAN

Horror movie M3GANand the sentient robot doll at its center is super weird, say gay men. The film opened with an impressive $30 million in early January and quickly became an iconic addition to the queer oeuvre. The doll was also very popular like meme. Sometimes M3gan kills people, but she also dances and performs aerial flips with a straight face. What’s not to like?

Pope Francis’ AI coat

AI-generated photos of Pope Francis in a white puffer jacket and skateboarding

Credit: Pablo Xavier

An image of Pope Francis in a chic white puffer jacket went viral on Twitter in March because, hey, the guy looked pretty good in that kind of drip. The photo, along with several others showing the pope in various other high-fashion states, was revealed to be a fake created in AI image generator Midjourney by Pablo Xavier of Chicago while consuming mushrooms.

The rise of AI-generated content has been huge in 2023, and coat-gate was an early indication of how compelling – and ultimately misleading – AI-generated images can be.

Rihanna’s Super Bowl performance

Rihanna, in red, in the center of an array of backup dancers, dressed in white.

Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation

RiRi’s Super Bowl performance was highly anticipated since her iconic September 2022 announcement and, although the show was welcomed mixed reception From the fans, there’s no denying how impressive this was. She performed a medley of 12 hits while dancing on a floating ledge, while visibly pregnant. No matter what the internet says, RiRi brought out the W.

Musk removes Twitter’s blue check verification system

The Twitter verification badge.

Credit: Twitter

THE death of the blue check was just another joke in the comedy of errors that was That of Elon Musk reigns on Twitter. The verification system that once helped distinguish news organizations, journalists, politicians, celebrities and other public figures from impostors was abandoned in favor of a blue check mark that cost $8. While Elon Musk initially allowed accounts verified through the old system to keep their checks, he removed them from all non-paying accounts on April 20. It was the end of an era for Twitter, which relied on verification to ensure user safety fake news (and people) on the platform.

Cockroach on the Met Gala red carpet

A photo of the Meta Gal red carpet (which is actually white).  A photographer bends down to take a photo of the cockroach on the ground.

Credit: @vulture

The 2023 Met Gala theme celebrated the work of the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, but his iconic palette of white, black and tweed made for some disappointing looks on the red carpet. So disappointing in fact that Photo of the vulture of a nasty little party host racked up over 20,000 likes overnight.

Super Mario film uploaded to Twitter

Official poster for the Mario Bros. movie, featuring all the characters on karts.

Credit: Universal

In another Musk-era mistake, Twitter announced it would allow Blue subscribers (those who pay for a blue check mark, among other perks) to upload videos up to two hours long to the site. Meme account @vidsthatgohard seized the moment, downloading the entire new Super Mario Bros. movie.

The movie had already been the butt of jokes online for a while, because you can’t hire Chris Pratt to play the famous Italian plumber Mario without people making fun of him. The video was eventually taken down and @vidsthatgohard’s account suspended – but not before it had been viewed more than nine million times.

“This Barbie”

Three official Barbie posters.

It’s a Barbie world, and we just live in it.
Credit: Warner Bros.

On April 4, the film’s official Twitter account was posted for the first time, sharing an official trailer and images of 24 characters. Most had unique taglines that proved that while Barbie “is everything” — from pilot to president — her love interest counterpart is “just Ken.” Fans could visit to become their own Barbie or Ken, and Twitter and Instagram timelines were soon flooded with personalized images of friends, colleagues and celebrities proclaiming that “this Barbie” was “hungry.” or “severely underpaid” or whatever. clever play on the trend.


Cosplayers hold Barbenheimer signs in front of the convention center during San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, July 21, 2023.

Credit: Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images

This whole Barbie obsession happened before the movie even came out. But clearly it was released on the same day as Oppenheimer, leading to over 200,000 people buying tickets to see Barbie and Oppenheimer on the same day. according to the National Association of Theater Owners. There were fights over which movie you should see first, there were outfits, and there were many, many posts about X.

Chinese spy balloon

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Chinese spy balloon! Between January 28 and February 4, citizens of Canada and the United States had something hanging over their heads – literally – as a white balloon the size of three buses floated into their space air. The inflatable was shot down off the coast of South Carolina and the military’s analysis of the debris revealed it had been used for surveillance, despite Chinese government claims that it was simply of a civilian airship deviated from its trajectory.

SNL gave the balloon sympathetic treatment, humanizing it as a haggard ocean hater.

THE Succession The series finale

Kendall at the end of the Succession finale.

Credit: HBO

It was as if the entire internet (or maybe just Twitter) was holding its collective breath to find out which Roy sibling would take the throne of Waystar Royco for Estates 90-minute final in May. It was hard to say goodbye not only to the critically acclaimed series, but also to the internet culture that surrounded it. From Kendall, babygirl-ing’s oldest boy has memorable moments from the show for tens of thousands of likes, Succession the fans were online and obsessed. The fandom has proven that half the fun of loving a show is hanging out with the people you love it with.

Kevin James sheepish

Kevin James from King of Queens fame brought us something new this year: a sheepish meme that sometimes included two big breasts. One of James’ old photos resurfaced this year and the internet ran with it. It’s definitely gotten out of hand, but it’s also… a lot of fun.

Angela Bassett did it

Ariana DeBose performs on stage during the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England.

Credit: Photo by Stuart Wilson/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

I’d never really watched the BAFTAs and I’m not familiar with Arianna DeBose’s work, but that all changed after her very memorable performance at this year’s awards show. She performed a medley of Eurythmics’ “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” and Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” before ending with a self-composed rap with a particularly notable line: “Angela Bassett did the thing.” . It instantly became a viral sensation.

Susi’s Crazy Take on Store-Bought Pesto

Susi Vidal makes pesto on TikTok

Credit: Screenshot / TikTok

If you’re on TikTok, you might know that Susi doesn’t like store-bought pesto, and you can totally call her crazy for that. Susi Vidal, a home cooking influencer with 3.6 million followers on TikTok and more 1.7 million followers on Instagram, posted a video asking viewers to “call me crazy”, because she doesn’t like the aforementioned “store-bought pesto”. I assume the rest of the video shows her making pesto at home, but I don’t know because I’ve never seen it. Instead, I watched thousands of videos showing him the craziest things people have ever done.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski accident trial

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow sits in court as the verdict is read during her civil trial for a collision with another skier March 30, 2023 in Park City, Utah.  Jury found retired optometrist Terry Sanderson "100 per cent" responsible for the accident during a race at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah in 2016. Paltrow received the $1 for which she countersued.

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Gwyneth Paltrow has had her viral moments, and this lawsuit fits the trend. She complained of having “wasted half a day of skiing”. She served up some truly stunning and exceptionally expensive looks amid the “quiet luxury” revival. She won a symbolic $1 decision. The Internet watch, the Internet made memes, the Internet loved it.

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