What if we lived in a world the place Abraham Lincoln appeared like Angelina Jolie and referred to himself as “Slaybreham Lincoln”? What about if the cult-favorite horror film The Conjuring was as a substitute “The Contouring”? The most recent meme-ified web development explores this various “yass queen” actuality by swapping historic figures, celebrities and even the Queen with a “yassified” model of themselves, often consisting of a blurred face, faux digital make-up (together with faux eyelashes), lengthy wavy Instagram hair and lengthy nails.
The Twitter account @YassifyBot has been churning out these digital transformations virtually each hour for the previous few days and, at this level, no real-life superstar or fictional character is secure from being “yassified”. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings obtained a blunt bob and contouring, Bernie Sanders went from taxing the wealthy to slaying the wealthy, Professor McGonagall obtained lengthy layers and lip fillers and a photograph from Harry Kinds’ cowl shoot for Dazed has been known as “the yassification of the mucinex monster”. Persons are even taking “yas tablets” and sharing their very own transformations…
Yassify Bot, like many partaking within the viral development, makes use of the FaceApp gender and make-up filters to attain the ultimate “yassified” look. The photo-editing app has beforehand been referred to as a “potential counterintelligence risk,” however that doesn’t appear to be deterring folks. So what’s it about “yassification” memes which have caught on in such a viral manner?
The recognition of “yassification” has many layers. After all, the complete development must be credited to queer creators on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram. It’s managed to completely seize our present revolt in opposition to right now’s Facetuned and overly filtered on-line tradition. Some cite just lately blurry low-res selfies (and even meta selfies) as a consequence of influencer fatigue (though one may additionally argue it’s simply one other automobile to publish some content material).
As a substitute of overly-filtered, faux pictures on social media being what folks aspire in direction of, for some they’ve grow to be the butt of the joke and a software for on-line escapism. That is consistent with the general bimbofication of the web over this previous yr, the place Gen Z have resurrected and reclaimed a as soon as misogynistic stereotype.
Plus, in a time of world disaster and loss — the place we’re additionally confronted with impending local weather disaster — why take pleasure in a collective craving for having a clean mind, no ideas and an empty head. That’s the place the bimbofication and “yassification” traits are available. “I noticed the very best minds of my era destroyed by yassification,” one consumer tweeted of the development.
With that in thoughts, the imaginary “yassified” world being created is not only one the place everybody appears to be like like an influencer, it’s one the place every part dangerous or scary is softened and smoothed over it till it appears to be like cute. Now if solely our real-life world issues could possibly be “yassified” in the identical manner. As Adam Powers put it on Twitter: “The Nice Yassification is upon us, queens. Now to yassify a stunning, equitable, and simply local weather secure future.”
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