The Brief: Memes featuring a screenshot from the 2006 movie Aquamarine of Emma Roberts and Jojo are circulating on Reddit.
A screenshot from the 2006 movie Aquamarine featuring Jojo and Emma Roberts is circulating on Reddit as an image macro meme format. This screenshot has been circulating online since as early as 2008 and has been used in memes since a 2012 post on the imageboard site Chan4Chan with the caption “look they’re fapping.” Since then, the image has circulated in contexts that often imply that its context is more salacious than a bad teen movie from 2006. This is likely because it shows two young women who appear to be naked whispering to each other looking surprised and/or impressed.
This Aquamarine meme format experienced a resurgence on Reddit in late December 2020 after it was shared on the subreddit r/ProgrammerHumor with the caption “I hear he can code without stack overflow.”
Many memes directly or indirectly reference how the two actresses appear to be naked, though the image is cropped just below the shoulder and doesn’t feature nudity (in the scene, they’re both wearing clothes). The fact that the image is actually from a PG movie about two girls who befriend a mermaid is lost on some of the people posting and commenting on these memes.