The "It's Okay To Be ..." Tweets Have Taken Meme Twitter By Storm

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I’ll be honest: Sometimes, memes can seem impossibly opaque. Their origins are obscure; their spread is inexplicable; and their meaning is not always clear. But that’s not the case with the “It’s Okay To Be…” meme currently sweeping Twitter; indeed, this one asks one very important question: If it’s okay — nay, if it’s encouraged to be you (because seriously, that’s an awesome thing to be) — then what is it not okay to be?

Folks have some, uh, thoughts. And honestly, they’re pretty funny.

It’s worth noting that the origins of the meme are… not great, despite how innocent it looks on the surface. (Basically, we’re looking at a milkshake duck situation.) According to meme database and tracker KnowYour Meme, “It’s Okay To Be…” — which is a snowclone, or “a type of phrase that has a standard pattern in which some of the words can be freely replaced,” according to Macmillan Dictionary — began around the same time that 4chan’s terrible “It’s Okay To Be White” campaign kicked up. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call it this particular meme a reaction to “It’s Okay To Be White,” but it did sort of evolve out of it — although thankfully, it evolved in ways meant to make people laugh, rather than to spew hateful rhetoric. The healing power of comedy and all.

And, indeed, the many variations on this particular snowclone emerging from the depths of the internet are certainly worth a chuckle or two. They tend to speak to a wide range of human experiences: Sharply divided opinions on food, deep thoughts on age-old debates, universal truths, and more. A recent Twitter Moment has pulled together some of the most notable examples, but there are plenty more where they came from; here is just a small selection of what it’s apparently not okay to be or do, according to the internet:

1. Going Slowly In The Fast Lane

limpidsoul on Twitter

It's called the passing lane for a reason.

2. Wearing A Bow Tie Without Mastering The Art Of Tying One

danweldonfb on Twitter

Need some help? Here's how to tie a bow tie. You're welcome.

3. Getting In The Shower First

__brandon__m on Twitter

I mean, getting in before you turn the water on means you're just going to be hit by a blast of boiling hot or freezing cold water. Why would you do that to yourself? No one deserves that.

4. Destroying A Perfectly Good Steak

mckim1872 on Twitter

Has anyone told this guy?

5. Ruining A Perfectly Good Concert

useswissnavy on Twitter

Or, conversely, ruining a perfectly good Snapchat Story. Either way. Don't do it.

6. Committing This Wardrobe Faux Pas

bentooblack on Twitter

I mean... yeah, I am not a Croc fan, either. But I think this is one of those rules you set for yourself, not for other people. If you want to wear Crocs, by all means, please do; I, however, will pass.

8. Doing This To Pasta

double_cupp_me on Twitter

Nobody tell Buddy the Elf. He'll be so upset.

9. Choosing The Wrong Preposition

valluutran on Twitter

It's an island. You're always on it. Not in it.

10. Streamlining Your Hygiene Routine A Little Too Much

troyavision on Twitter

*Sadly waves goodbye to my beloved Philosophy 3-in-1s.*

11. Not Following The Proper Breakfast Procedure

philsadelphia on Twitter

I mean, this is just common sense, right? How can you be sure the proportions of milk to cereal are correct if the cereal isn't in your bowl when you pour the milk?

12. Failing To Trust In The Love A Miniature Horse Can Inspire

grey_roberts11 on Twitter

13. Ignoring The "String" Part Of String Cheese

What's the point otherwise?

14. Taking The Wrong Side In This Very Important Debate

History has settled this one already. Don't you forget it.

17. Trying To Be Someone Else

cindersound on Twitter

By all means, let yourself evolve. Just don't, y'know, steal anyone else's identity while you're at it.

18. Failing At Putting Your Shoes And Socks On

protectlondemo on Twitter

Sock, sock, shoe, shoe.

19. Uh...

clay_baron on Twitter

...I'll show myself out.