The Brief: While some people participate in the #FaceAppChallenge, others are roasting the app for the viral trend it's created on social media.
By now, it’s almost inconceivable to imagine that people aren’t aware of the #FaceAppChallenge, the viral filter challenge sweeping the internet. Unlike Snapchat’s “Baby” filter which aged users down to infancy, FaceApp’s “Age” filter offers users the opportunity to age themselves older… much older.
I’m Baby? More like, I’m Grandpa.
Popular Old Age FaceApp Memes
Most of the memes do not utilize FaceApp whatsoever.
Seeing these aging filters is wild cuz benjiman button came out in 2008 and more than a decade later its a filter on a phone. crazy
— the daze (@ILOVETHEDAZE) July 16, 2019
Not to brag but I don't need that stupid aging app pic.twitter.com/mX24OMmsUJ
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) July 16, 2019
In several memes, users place two images side-by-side. The first picture (left) is often the user (or whichever celeb they’re memeing) present day. The second picture (right) is meant to be the meme-ified old age version of said person.
More often than not, the two images are NOT of the same person. Sometimes, the older version of the meme subject isn’t even human…
— Thami Nkuna🍁🍃 (@Thami_honey) July 17, 2019
— Ophelia Rises (@ophelia_rises) July 17, 2019
Other memes feature two images of the same person…
— ATICKLE ❁ (@_harrisonJNR) July 17, 2019
— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) July 17, 2019
Many FaceApp memes comedically feature only the “after” shot.
— FriGay the 13th Horror Podcast (@frigay13) July 17, 2019
On a more serious note, there have even been quite a few FaceaApp memes used to raise concerns about environmental issues like climate change.
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Omg the #faceapp is so accurate! And yes. Everything can be about climate change. Even when you’re all over here trying to have some innocent viral fun. I’m here specifically to ruin that. Have a good day. And make better choices. And p.s maybe re-read the terms and conditions for the app 🙂 🇷🇺 🤖
This Simpsons meme emphasizes the sudden popularity of the trend…
— Muneeb here ! (@Itzmuneebhere) July 17, 2019
As does this Distracted Boyfriend meme.
Some FaceApp memes point out the app’s other filter features in addition to aging. This Twitter user, for example, created a younger, hipper version of Harrison Ford using a facial hair filter.
— Kristian Harloff (@KristianHarloff) July 17, 2019
While some celebrities have jumped in on the aging action, many FaceApp memes featuring the internet’s fave celebs have been created by fans.
— White Goodman (@White_Goodman_) July 17, 2019
The final contenders on The Bachelorette:
The Paul Rudd Effect
There are several memes that have been used to show how certain celebrities don’t seem to age at all. Many Twitter users refer to this as the “Paul Rudd Effect”.
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) July 17, 2019
Avengers but with the FaceApp aging filter pic.twitter.com/XYSNtyrcN4
— IGN (@IGN) July 16, 2019
Apparently, Paul Rudd isn’t the only celebrity who doesn’t age…
— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) July 17, 2019
— Jesus H. Christ (@ThePeoplesJesus) July 17, 2019
woah guys i tried out #FaceApp and i think this is how you age when you’re unproblematic
2019 2049 pic.twitter.com/fE6DfKAl0s
— bo-𝙢𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙖-gi (@BogiTheBest) July 17, 2019
— Frankly Frank (@FrankFagbo) July 17, 2019
— nau ✿ (@gwensmybae) July 17, 2019
Even Lego looks the same…
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) July 17, 2019
And there had to be at least one Keanu Reeves meme.
However, it seems nobody stands the test of time as well as tennis player Roger Federer who, according to this Twitter user, actually gets younger over time.
— Dinora♥RF (@norinchi_df) July 17, 2019
Here’s hoping we all age as gracefully as Roger!