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All salute Charles, the uncountable king


Maybe it’s sour attitude. Perhaps it was the sincerity with which he campaigned for the countryside, instead of just happily shouting “cow” in the face of them. Perhaps it is a general reduction in interest in the British royal family. Maybe it’s Golden State Coach And cloak at a time when millions of adults in the UK can’t afford it essential hygiene products.

But today, when King Charles III is crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, the reaction of internet meme creators will feel muted compared to that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who Satisfied a meme queen we’re all enamored with.

On the surface, King Charles should be an ideal candidate for the memedom position. He’s scary red, round, sausage fingers. He has a cartoon face, appreciated by manga artists for many years and eBay sellers, with cauldron-shaped ears and a sullen, moody face. He has a creepy, nave, naive approach to life that makes him say weird things, which often come back to bite him. He was, reportedly, scream when he first saw the plastic wrap.

Charles’ 1989 declaration that he was so enamored with Camilla, who was to be queen this Saturday, that he wanted to be reincarnated as tampon so that he can live in her forever, already large drilling energy.

However, none of that has overcome to make Charles a perennial internet favourite. Even the efforts at internet traffic summaries of the best King Charles memes is… overpowering, and often not really about the man himself.

Hussein Kesvani, a journalist and podcaster specializing in digital culture, said: “He’s not weird enough to be popular with the public, but he doesn’t look like a patriarch because he’s so weird. to be normal.” “When it comes to becoming famous online, especially with a wide variety of audiences, you need to have a malleable weirdness that makes you endearing as a theme or a feature.”

Perhaps the “good-weird” score for assessing Charles’s suitability for the memedom was dwarfed by the “weird-bad” score. He has always been portrayed as problematic compared to his ex-wife, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997. He has willing to interfere in politics in a way that unelected members of the royal family have tried to avoid. He has an unfortunate habit about receiving cash donations in suitcases and grocery bags from Muslims in the Middle East.

And perhaps he is suffering from a problem that is likely to derail his reign: He has spent most of his life playing second game to Queen Elizabeth, living in her shadow and unable to develop many positions of power. status of a king in the public eye. “The Queen has been around for a very long time,” said Jeremy Blackburn, assistant professor of computer science at Binghamton University and co-founder of iDRAMA Lab, which reviews web memes. So there’s a long history that people have to draw from.

While Queen Elizabeth II is widely regarded by the world as a grandmother figure, a sweet, innocent old woman who resembles Angela Lansbury but has a palace, Charles has long been viewed – possibly incorrectly – as waiting for my mother to give me time to shine.

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