The Brief: A popular Twitter meme asks the question "babe, are you ok?" to joke about people's uncharacteristic behaviors.
“Babe are you ok/you’ve barely touched your” memes set up a joke based on the premise that someone is concerned about their significant other’s abnormal behavior. Popular on Twitter, these memes highlight peculiar activities and habits by suggesting it’s strange when someone neglects to do them.
babe are you okay you’re barely consuming your five forms of media at the same time
— constantine (@cnstntnnn) January 11, 2021
According to Know Your Meme, iterations of these memes have appeared online for years before they became particularly popular in the summer and fall of 2020. They’ve remained popular on Twitter into 2021 where people use them to talk about a wide variety of subjects.
r u ok babe u haven’t called anything orwellian in a while
— 𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚝𝚘𝚖 (@YuckyTom) January 10, 2021
Some iterations only start with the phrase “babe, are you ok?” before pointing out some out-of-the-ordinary behavior while others add “you’ve barely touched your…” to suggest that the person they’re addressing isn’t eating their favorite food or doing their favorite activity.
are you ok babe? you’ve hardly touched your among us drip waffles pic.twitter.com/WkSUi4PFnb
— perry (@yuusvke) January 8, 2021
babe are u ok? you’ve hardly posted any communist propaganda today
— maddie (@maddieinanarchy) January 13, 2021
For those that wake up every day and choose violence:
babe, are you okay? you’ve hardly touched the violence you wake up every day and choose.
— Joshua Simon (@JoshuaSimonSays) January 13, 2021
babe are u ok you’re barely harmonizing in the sea shanty
— jen merritt!!! (@jennifermerr) January 15, 2021
you alright babe? you hardly said cows when we passed that field of cows
— míkey motorcykey (@Tallboi_Icedtea) November 8, 2020
Babe are u ok? You’ve barely touched your pint of vegetable stock ? pic.twitter.com/d5ODUqOans
— 😛💄𝒴𝓊𝓂𝓂𝓎 𝑀𝓊𝓂𝓂𝓎 𝒜𝓋𝑜𝓃 𝐿𝒶𝒹𝓎😝💄 (@KingCryBabyx) December 22, 2020
babe are you ok you've barely touched your endlessly increasing pile of work that you are expected to do even though we are in the middle of a pandemic
— jonny sun has a new book coming out in april! (@jonnysun) January 13, 2021
Babe are you ok? I said ‘auto glass repair’ and you didn’t say ‘auto glass replace’ ?
— Lucy Watson (@shesgonestella) November 26, 2020
Babe, are you ok? You’ve barely touched your Tokyo Disneyland exclusive Baymax curry pic.twitter.com/9e69YmWLDC
— Cupcakes & Coasters🎢✨ (@cupcake_coaster) November 11, 2020