Sometimes we put up walls.


This is a Trump meme - I have been seeing a lot of these recently, and I find that they usually don't make me laugh. Perhaps it is because they are not funny, but perhaps it is because I am no longer capable of laughter.

I will attempt now to analyse the humor in this one.

This meme has reference to the wall that Donald Trump said that he would build as part of campaigning to become president in 2016. It also contains a quote about walls which has been reported to have been said by lots of different people (but was probably not said by any of them.

There are multiple reasons why this is funny. For one thing the quote is pretty whiny, and paired with images of trump looking sad, it makes it seem like trump is saying it. Other people's misfortune is often a source of humor, so the idea that Trump is sad could certainly be funny.

This quote also insinuates that trump is not building the wall for his stated purpose of keeping Mexicans out of the US, but instead as a sort of cry for help, which is an insult to Trump (since it compares him to a whiny teenager), and therefore funny.

The frowny face emoji at the end of the text serves as an additional reminder (perhaps to people that cannot read facial expressions, nor understand emotions that are not explicitly stated) that this post is about something sad.

After having analysed this, I still don't find it to be that funny. Perhaps because it is too over the top? Perhaps because I am incredibly fed up with the major political parties in the US right now? Perhaps because it is too close to home to be funny?

As a side note - sorry for not writing for so long - I was having a super busy semester, and I got out of the habit. I think that I am going to do a week or two of trump memes to see if any of them are funny, and why they are funny. Hopefully that will get me writing these things again.

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