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Saturday, 9 January 2021

'I'd like to cancel my subscription to this year... the 7-day trial is enough': Hilarious memes capture people's horror over disastrous start to 2021 - as many say 'let's just skip to 2022'

 Many people went into 2021 with high hopes, figuring that 2020 was such a terrible year, that the only direction things could go was up.

But just a week into 2021, social media users seem to agree: They were dead wrong.

In the US in particular, the violent pro-Trump riot at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. shocked millions — and combining that with furious Congressional standoffs, White House resignations, and a still-raging pandemic, Americans are already over the new year.

But despite the serious nature of these problems, social media users are meeting them with humor, cheering themselves up with clever tweets and funny memes about the current state of affairs. 

High hopes: After a tumultuous 2020, many people were hopeful that 2021 would be better

High hopes: After a tumultuous 2020, many people were hopeful that 2021 would be better

Yikes... But just over a week into 2021, social media users are saying it's no better than last year, and may even be worse

Yikes... But just over a week into 2021, social media users are saying it's no better than last year, and may even be worse

Making light: Many have taken to sharing funny memes and tweets about 2021

Making light: Many have taken to sharing funny memes and tweets about 2021

Bright side: Social media users are meeting problems with humor, cheering themselves up with clever tweets and funny memes about the current state of affairs

Bright side: Social media users are meeting problems with humor, cheering themselves up with clever tweets and funny memes about the current state of affairs

Twins: Several are posting pictures of twins to show that the years are the same

Twins: Several are posting pictures of twins to show that the years are the same

Nothing a new haircut won't fix! Matt Oswalt quipped that 2021 is just 2020 with bangs

Nothing a new haircut won't fix! Matt Oswalt quipped that 2021 is just 2020 with bangs

Crisis: One funny artist use toilet paper rolls to make a relatable point

Crisis: One funny artist use toilet paper rolls to make a relatable point

Billy Mays' iconic 'but wait, there's more' made a meme appearance

Billy Mays' iconic 'but wait, there's more' made a meme appearance


Viral appeal: Several of the funny memes and tweets have earned thousands of likes

Viral appeal: Several of the funny memes and tweets have earned thousands of likes

Rough: It seems clear to everyone that 2021 isn't the fresh start we were looking for

Rough: It seems clear to everyone that 2021 isn't the fresh start we were looking for

They're killer! One popular meme compares both 2020 and 2021 to murderous clowns

They're killer! One popular meme compares both 2020 and 2021 to murderous clowns

Sigh... Hopes that things would get better this year have been snuffed out

Sigh... Hopes that things would get better this year have been snuffed out

Memetastic: One meme compares the US in 2021 to the chaos that Troy walked in on in his apartment with Abed in Community

Memetastic: One meme compares the US in 2021 to the chaos that Troy walked in on in his apartment with Abed in Community

We'd watch that: One compared 2021 to a terrible sequel of 2020

We'd watch that: One compared 2021 to a terrible sequel of 2020

Fast-forward: Quite a few people would already like to skip ahead to 2022

Fast-forward: Quite a few people would already like to skip ahead to 2022

Not great... The main improvement of 2021 seems to be that people are at home in their misery know

Not great... The main improvement of 2021 seems to be that people are at home in their misery know

Coup: Many Americans in particular are upset about how 2021 has started

Coup: Many Americans in particular are upset about how 2021 has started

Surprise: It turns out, the slate wasn't wiped clean on New Year's

Surprise: It turns out, the slate wasn't wiped clean on New Year's

Quips: Many have met the disasters of 2021 with sarcasm

Quips: Many have met the disasters of 2021 with sarcasm

Bright outlook: Some have rejoiced that the first five days were OK

Bright outlook: Some have rejoiced that the first five days were OK

What is time? Most people seem to feel confused about the passage of time these days

What is time? Most people seem to feel confused about the passage of time these days

What would Don Draper do? So many people started 2021 with a new outlook, but quickly turned to booze

What would Don Draper do? So many people started 2021 with a new outlook, but quickly turned to booze

Warning: This man doesn't want anyone to think it's funny or cute to dress up as rioters

Warning: This man doesn't want anyone to think it's funny or cute to dress up as rioters

Sequel: One man suggested that 2021 is just a follow-on from the drama of 2020

Sequel: One man suggested that 2021 is just a follow-on from the drama of 2020

He's been through it: Quite a lot of people are feeling like the puppy in the second picture

He's been through it: Quite a lot of people are feeling like the puppy in the second picture

Feel that, Joey... This Friends moment has proven especially timely

Feel that, Joey... This Friends moment has proven especially timely

Not a good outlook... Many are exasperated that the US has already faced a disaster this year

Not a good outlook... Many are exasperated that the US has already faced a disaster this year

So much! Others have pointed out that there's been plenty of other wild news too

So much! Others have pointed out that there's been plenty of other wild news too

Another obstacle: Some have made memes about the new coronavirus mutation

Another obstacle: Some have made memes about the new coronavirus mutation 

Spot the difference! A number of people - including one who used a Parent Trap image - suggested that 2021 is going to be no different from 2020

Spot the difference! A number of people - including one who used a Parent Trap image - suggested that 2021 is going to be no different from 2020

Scary stuff: To many, 2021 is seeming like it may be worse than 2020, with one person using an image from Star Wars Episode I to illustrate their point

Scary stuff: To many, 2021 is seeming like it may be worse than 2020, with one person using an image from Star Wars Episode I to illustrate their point

Doubling down: One witty user took an image from The Simpsons and turned it into a warning about what might happen over the next few months

Doubling down: One witty user took an image from The Simpsons and turned it into a warning about what might happen over the next few months 

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