One of the most comforting aspects of internet culture is the reliable absurdity that offers some respite from the harsh realities of the daily news cycle. And when I say “absurdity” I am, of course, talking about memes. In the midst of the frightening and concerning whirlwind of current events, it’s nice to occasionally take a break and look at whatever weird, random inside joke the Twitter timeline is perpetuating.
The latest meme to take over people’s Twitter feed is this (slightly unsettling) video of a styrofoam mannequin head turning abruptly in bed.
When you comfy and ya mom calls your name and you respond but she don’t say nothing after pic.twitter.com/c6003nchYX
— mynx (@SANGROSA_) March 8, 2018
Despite the fact that it’s definitely teetering into Uncanny Valley territory, Twitter has collectively embraced the video, and people are now using the clip as a relatable reaction GIF.
When you tryna sleep but whateve on tv sounds like it’s getting good pic.twitter.com/pwU4HtvaOW
— ????quaay✨ (@QueenNahniee) March 9, 2018
After all, who among us hasn’t had a startling, head-turning moment interrupt our REM cycle?
when someone calls your name from across the house and expects you to get up from your nap pic.twitter.com/izzeYREFTp
— ￼ (@lowkeyclutch) March 9, 2018
When my girl be tryna feel on me after an argument pic.twitter.com/wtIX3WxDUG
— CJ from ????. (@willis_cj) March 9, 2018
Me double checking if that pile of clothing is a human or not pic.twitter.com/nLTfU4BSc4
— . (@5H4H4N) March 9, 2018
When your alarm rings for the 12th time but you decide you don’t really need that job anyway
— IG: @ShotsBySahil (@ShotsBySahil) March 9, 2018
Although, as a lady, I can confirm that this particular reaction GIF is definitely the most accurate:
Look, we live in crazy times, and sometimes we all just need to blow off some steam and look at a stupid video now and again. And today, that video just happens to be an animated mannequin head.
It’s the internet. Don’t worry about it.