The Brief: Memes about lightbulb obsessed moths have been popping up.
This anti-meme plays with the simple, silly fact that moths will relentlessly fly towards lightbulbs, even when it kills them. Interestingly, it is not entirely clear why moths fly towards artificial light.
For many, this meme has been an excuse to revisit forgotten meme formats, adjusting them with the same punchline: moths love lamps. The moth lamp meme’s popularity may signify a growing trend of anti-memes, or just that people think moths stupidly flying to their deaths by lamp is funny.
There’s even a Reddit page dedicated to moth memes with over 2,200 subscribers.
Lämp, Brœther from r/dankmemes
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why am I crying over moth memes rn pic.twitter.com/h02lBJkBKu
— picnic runway goth (@micqueladoyle) September 21, 2018
— a͟l͟e͟x͟i͟s͟ (@stomachscold) July 28, 2018