The Brief: The phrase "we live in a society" has been used in a variety of memes and jokes online and off and has recently resurged in reference to the 2019 film Joker.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but we live in a society.
Although its a statement of the obvious, the phrase “we live in a society” has become a ubiquitous reminder that there are certain unspoken rules that we’re required to obey. Uttering this phrase is also a way to shame someone for breaking these rules or being disrespectful. This sentiment is well-expressed by George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode “The Chinese Restaurant” in which a frustrated George yells “You know, we’re living in a society! We’re supposed to act in a civilized way!” “We live in a society” memes joke about this concept in literal and figurative ways.
attempting to solve my problems
-probably have to see a therapist
-requires actual thought
saying "we live in a society" whenever something goes wrong
-makes you sound cool and woke
-its true. we do live in a society
— eric curtin (@dubstep4dads) September 25, 2019
The Joker has been connected to “we live in a society” through Gang Weed and Gamers Rise Up memes. One of the many runnings inside jokes from this community of gamers, commentary about living in a society can reference the way gamers feel ostracized by society, or simply act as a copypasta text. The release of the 2019 film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix has inspired an influx in Joker/society memes. Because the Joker’s relationship with society is complex and contentious, many allusions have been made between the film and the meme. A change.org petition to “Make Joaquin Phoenix say ‘We live in a society’ in the new Joker film” has collected over 58,000 signatures, but the film has already been released and does not feature that line.
we live in a society scoob pic.twitter.com/O568SMTSTc
— they crucified me scoob (it is my bday month) (@sexualjumanji) October 11, 2019
No, YOU Live In A Society
While the fact that we live in society may seem like a universal truth, some memes resist this notion, joking about living outside of society or being exempt from its customs.
no, YOU live in a society . i live in an isolated minecraft dirt house crying .
— Quackity (@QuackityHQ) October 11, 2019
no, YOU live in a society. I live on a deserted island with a bunch of british choir boys who were a little TOO quick to start murdering pigs with pointy sticks if we're being totally honest
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) October 11, 2019
We 👏 Live 👏In 👏A 👏Society 👏
“We live in a society” nah man YOU live in a society I live in Pikachu valley loving every last one of those funky little chus pic.twitter.com/uBVStoA11M
— Pikachu stole all my candy and called me a bitch (@FizzySodaWave) October 18, 2019
when joker said we live in a society it hit deep 😔
— WildSpartanz🍔 (@WildSpartanz) October 12, 2019
No YOU live in a society. I live in the dark until Kylie Jenner comes into my room and turns on the light while singing “rise and shine “
— cai (@babybacon80085) October 16, 2019