The Brief: The phrase "so true bestie" is an affirmation that can be used earnestly, or sarcastically to mean the opposite.
When used genuinely, the phrase “so true bestie” is a way to agree with someone. When used sarcastically, however, it’s meant as a form of mockery.
Found out “so true bestie” is mean. pic.twitter.com/WxgO1wToZP
— Trixie Mattel™ (@trixiemattel) January 14, 2021
Broadly, “so true bestie” is a blanket phrase that people apply to a variety of situations with different tones. It’s particularly popular online in LGBTQ+ and stan communities.
According to the top Urban Dictionary entry for the term, it’s “used to mockingly agree with someone who has absolutely no idea what they’re talking about / just said something so dumb it’s not even worth arguing with them.”
The proliferation of this phrase coincides with a rise in popularity in the term “bestie,” which was fueled by the popular TikTok videos of creator @tiktoshh. A meme that features a Wojak cartoon character saying “so true,” to represent dogmatism first appeared in 2020, but it’s unclear if there’s a connection between this meme and “so true bestie.”
And a few months later she’d be replying “so true bestie” to your tweets pic.twitter.com/9tsBQcz6CB
— Rose Dommu (@rosedommu) March 20, 2021
Therapist: coffee and the bird app are killing you
Me: so true bestie but I’m not gonna change here’s $100
— Maddy Weeks (@maddyyweeks) March 22, 2021
so true bestie pic.twitter.com/0OBogYTUkM
— syazii dobby’s gf (@formoonjs) March 22, 2021