What the Hell Happened: The Queen’s Death Makes Inroads into the Internet | Arts

If you’re reading this, you survived Queen Elizabeth II.

On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest serving monarch, died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Reflections on his seven-decade reign ranged from cries of “bon voyage” a hopes that she “rests in power.” Social media was dominated by posts mourning his passage, memes his death, reference “The Crown”, e remembering the world of the British legacy of colonialism and discrimination.

However, the internet’s response to Queen Elizabeth II’s death has begged questions: As technology has granted us greater access to the monarchy and more outlets to criticize them for their oppressive and discriminatory actions, what is the “right” way to react? ? How can people react “correctly” when informed through comically sad tributes and controversial memes? Why do people have to express anything but contempt for the monarch of an empire that sponsored genocide, I was driving Displacement, enslaved millions, exploited natural resources e oppressed nations?

To understand the candid, shitpost, cynicism, and criticism, let’s try to rank each faction through their social media responses.

The first answers came six hours before Queen Elizabeth II’s death was confirmed. After the Buckingham Palace declaration announcing whether they were “concerned” about the queen’s health, Facebook and Instagram brimmed with mournful tributes. The sad adopted a black and white profile picture to honor Her Majesty’s greatness.

Cartoons depicting queen reuniting with her husband and approaching heaven along with paddington bear and his dogs broke the internet. Several prominent people published wondering what effect it would have on her beloved corgis; don’t worry, dogs are going with Prince Andrew.

The second group of responses is characterized by their preventive nature. They served as a voice of reason in an effort to persuade the public to stop memeizing the moment. British writers Ian Dunt and Ben Judah have encouraged their followers to do so show “restriction” e consider how devastating the moment is for the British.

These posts, while popular, have not impede the messy Twitter madness created by the third group of rescuers.

With safety in the numbers, comedy has co-opted this moment of grief and captured the main feed of every social media platform. Give tweets to party that this generation has “survived the queen” per TikToks stating that Queen Elizabeth II was reincarnated as Trisha Paytas’ baby because Paytas was allegedly going into labor at the same time, the third wave was as controversial as it was creative.

The last group was made up of the public scholars, the people criticize the Queen’s complicity in British colonialism e showdown with republicanism. Academic Twitter or Twitter-based intellectual discourse is dominated primarily by professors, academics, journalists, and students.

Uju Anya, a Nigerian-American professor of languages ​​at Carnegie Mellon University, was among the loudest voices in a crowd of unrepentant critics. “I heard the chief monarch of a genocidal, raping thieving empire is finally dying,” Anya tweeted the day of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. “May her pain be excruciating.”

This thread started a controversial Twitter war between Anya and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, in which Bezos repeatedly condemned her statement. While Carnegie Mellon released a statement that deemed her tweets “offensive” and “objectionable,” Anya’s claim was echoed by columnists at The New York Times And Washington Postthough theirs are slightly less graphic.

The days following Queen Elizabeth II’s death revealed how drastically the global understanding of the monarchy has changed. Members of this millennium are comfortable criticizing powerful figures like the Queen and satirizing solemn events like her death. So while many people sincerely mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, many people are not. The internet has democratized access to being a hater — and given space for those the monarchy has harmed to voice their discontent — but the question remains whether or not society can stand to hear every voice in the room.

(Either way, this writer believes it’s a better use of your time to to donate to organizations helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona.)