You may be familiar with the internet culture sensation slang ‘Daddy’ that sparked controversy and endless memes all over the interwebs. And since the internet works in mysterious and often questionable ways, as one trend dies out another begins in the blink of an eye. Teens on social media have now turned to female celebrities in a similar turn of events as it’s predecessor, now calling them “Mom”.
Confused? In the beginning so was I – and the rest of the internet, in fact.
If you’re familiar with terms such as “YAAS” “QUEEN” “BAE” or “SLAY”, this may make a little more sense. As a frequenter of Twitter and follower of fandoms and celebrities, I was quick to catch on to the new phrase – but stunned to find that a lot of others didn’t quite get what was happening. Lorde was in my shoes too. When Kim Kardashian’s infamous Paper Magazine ‘Break The Internet’ cover dropped and subsequently sent the world wide web into chaos for a few moments, Lorde tweeted this:
People instantly jumped to the conclusion that Lorde was commenting on the fact that Kim is a mother and should think twice about posing naked on the cover of magazines – which was odd, considering her history of speaking out about and supporting feminism. However all was not as it seemed and Lorde took to her Tumblr blog to explain her comment:
“omg haha ok so. time to explain this. i retweeted kim’s amazing cover and wrote ‘MOM’, which among the youthz is a compliment; it basically jokingly means “adopt me/be my second mom/i think of you as a mother figure you are so epic” (obviously i love my own mama and she is the best tho) but straight after that i think someone else called out the cover saying kim has no right to look that sexy as she is a mother which is TOTAL trash – why should that stop her? if anything i think she gets even more beautiful and sexy all the time like a fineass wine, and of course has every right to showcase that – but i think our two comments got lumped in and also maybe reporters don’t understand my breed of humour/worship.”
So there we have it. “MOM” seems to be the internet’s new term of endearment for female celebrities. Whilst a little odd, it’s wonderful that guys and girls across social media are praising their female idols in whatever new way they come up with. If you’re still confused – check out this article from Dictionary.com for more information.
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All Tweets taken from Twitter.com