To Pluto and back, with memes
From being the farthest planet to a forgotten one, the ninth little wonder of our solar system, Pluto, is now a meme muse that’s creating ripples. When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft released the first ever photos of the planet on Tuesday, no one would have anticipated that the photos would spark a popular trend on social media.
The spacecraft, which took 10 years to reach Pluto, released the photos that show a heart-shaped crater at the centre of the planet. From pointing out its crater’s resemblance to the Disney character by the same name to drawing a reference to Kim Kardashian’s buttocks, people had a field day sharing Pluto memes and jokes on social media. “Underwhelmed by Pluto, looks like a Starbucks Barista tried to draw something with foam but was a little too high (sic),” tweeted one user, referring to the crater. “No one else has the guts to say it: Pluto looks trashy & desperate,” wrote another user. Some decided to rekindle the popular debate of whether Pluto should be considered a planet or not.
“First we break up with Pluto then go all the way to look at it. What is that? Are we going to make up now that Pluto looks really hot?” read another tweet, while this one made fun of the trend: “Suddenly we all feel guilty for kicking Pluto out of the Solar System Club cause it’s adorable”. Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, too, couldn’t stop |himself from sharing love: “We shd drop everything and adopt Dwarf planet PLUTO right away (sic).”
The photos of the planet, which show a heart-shaped crater at the centre, gave rise to hundreds of memes and jokes on social media