When Richard Dawkins, the well-known British biologist, coined the term ‘meme’ back in 1976, I don’t think he had animated GIFs of two Spidermans pointing at each other in mind. For Dawkins, memes were cultural ideas that directed the evolution of society in the same way that genes controlled biological evolution. It was a way for Dawkins to explain complex cultural creations like art, music, and religion.
Boy, have we come a long way since 1976!
Today, you’re far less likely to hear about memes in discussions about religion (unless the religion in question is Pastafarianism – memes seem to be their primary way of evangelizing). Instead, the internet has transformed the meme from a boring scientific concept you probably never would’ve heard about into the glorious cultural phenomenon it is today.
Perhaps the best thing about modern memes is their incredible diversity. You can find memes that touch on every idea imaginable (Yes, unfortunately, even that one). To show our appreciation for and commitment to meme-culture, we’re counting down the top 10 ride or die memes currently on the internet.
Why? Because memes are our ride or die. If they take our memes from us, life ain’t even worth living.
Ride or Die Meme #10
Dominic Toretto (a.k.a. Vin Diesel) is a legend. And if there’s one thing he’s known for, it’s his commitment to his crew. It doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle he has to borrow or steal – even a little girl’s hot pink bike – he’s not going to let Brian or Letty face danger alone. He’s a true ride or die friend. In other words, he’s the kind of guy we should all aspire to be. May this ride or die meme be a reminder of what real ride or die looks like.
Ride or Die Meme #9
Being ride or die is a big commitment, and it’s not just the whole ‘die’ part, either. This ride or die meme reminds us that being ride or die requires some forethought. The last thing anyone wants is a ride or die chick that says she’s all-in, only to ask for a stop at Arby’s before you even get on the highway.
Ride or Die Meme #8
Marriage requires commitment. In this couple’s case, that meant more than just a vow to “love, honor, and cherish.” It also meant a willingness to be committed to jail. The smile on both their faces seems to let us know that they have no regrets. Why? Because they’re true ride or die.
Ride or Die Meme #7
“Little Ice” knows what it means to be ride or die. If his gang decided that jumping off a bridge was the best way to accomplish its goals (this is a middle school gang we’re talking about after all), then “Little Ice” will be right behind him. Why? Cause he’s ride or die, bi-atch!
Ride or Die Meme #6
You hear a lot about ride or die chicks. As this ride or die meme proves, women aren’t the only ride or dies out there. Anyone can tell by the look on this proud papa’s face, he’s finally come to realize the real meaning of ‘ride’ or die. Now, he’s on a bus that he won’t be able to get off of for a solid 18 years.
Ride or Die Meme #5
Being in a relationship isn’t easy – especially when the girl’s into matching red turtlenecks, cats, and really awkward couples photographs, but what if she’s hot and has a great personality? Well, all we can say is, “Ride or die.” If you ain’t willing to fully commit… then don’t think for a second that you’ll get to play with her pussycat.
Ride or Die Meme #4
This ride or die meme reminds us of something important – that ride or die is a two-way street. You can’t expect your one-and-only to be ride or die if you don’t return the favor. Although remember, hiding bodies is still a felony.
Ride or Die Meme #3
It’s an age-old question that’s haunted generations of children… “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” If you’re okay being a come and go rather than a ride or die, then the answer’s plain: “No, I wouldn’t.” But for all the ride or die chicks and fellas, there’s only one possible answer. This kid sums it up perfectly.
Ride or Die Meme #2
We’ve had some fun with the ride or die memes so far. Before we get to our number one, let’s take a moment to step back and recognize that anyone can claim to be a ride or die bitch. You’ll never know if she really is one until you can take a photo like the one in this ride or die meme. 75 years old and still riding…
Ride or Die Meme #1
One of the most important things in life is to know where your true loyalties lie. When this guy’s woman refused to ride or die… he did what any self-respecting man would do. He walked out the door and found something else to ride. Something that wouldn’t quit until he’d come to his destination. That was the day he realized that his true ride or die was his bike.
So, who – or what – is your ride or die? Comment below.