The Brief: Drowning high five memes use the image of a person given a high 5 and left to drown to symbolize a variety of unhelpful scenarios and unaddressed societal problems.

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Drowning high five memes originate from a comic by Anton Gudim, a Russian illustrator. The comic depicts a hand, which is presumably that of a drowning person, sticking out of the water reaching for help, only to be high fived by another hand and left to drown.

 

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Man drowning but gets a high five at least (which is still pretty good)
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These memes often touch on various political issues, dunking on everything from housing costs to boomers.