The Brief: "If those kids could read, they'd be very upset" memes from King of The Hill illustrate someone sharing a controversial idea to an ignorant group of people.
“If those kids could read, they’d be very upset memes” come from season 13, episode 14 of King Of The Hill “Born Again On The Fourth Of July.” In one scene, the character Bobby Hill holds up a sign to a classroom of children that reads “Repent Sinners! You’re all going to HELL!” The teacher takes down the sign and tells Bobby “if those kids could read, they’d be very upset.”
This meme format is used similarly to other sign meme formats like Lisa Simpson presenting or “change my mind” memes, with an added twist that insults people for being uninformed, closed-minded or ignorant. “If those kids could read…” memes started popping up in May 2020 and have been used several times to mock people for disobeying or protesting stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A mashup of several meme formats: