Why Does Gen Z Think Jackie Kennedy Ate Sheet Metal?
While Jackie Kennedy, a.k.a. Jackie O, was a beacon of grace, style and beauty for many during her height of influence in the 1960s, Gen Z doesn't appear to find her charms as alluring, to say the least.
Apparently, Gen Z thinks Jackie Kennedy looks "feral" and looks like she bites. And/or ate sheet metal.
It seems the viral meme comes from the former first lady's toothy, imperfect smile.
In one TikTok, someone said, "There are certain jokes that when you explain them they just get funnier..."
In another example of the stark differences between Gen Z and the older generations, namely, Boomers, this Jackie Kennedy meme reminds us all why Gen Z remains completely unfazed by mostly everything.
The joke seemingly began in 2021 before becoming extra prevalent in 2022 with countless tweets and TikToks adding to the internet lore.
Another tweet from 2021 even turned the joke onto Jackie's husband, JFK.
For many, especially Boomers, Jackie O represents the epitome of class and style, and she's largely still known as a fashion icon.
So much so that on Taylor Swift's Red album, Jackie's legacy is captured by association in the songs inspired by members of the Kennedy family that detail their vintage air of grace and romance.
But Gen Z is taking her status as an American icon in a whole new direction.
Aside from their diversity, progressive views, and open-mindedness, Gen Z is known for their savage sense of humor.
Perhaps it's due to the exorbitant amount of tragedy and world news they've been exposed to with the presence of the internet over the course of their lives, or the general unhinged nature of the modern USA, or perhaps it's the collective humor of social media, but they have a habit of being able to turn anything into a meme.
Check out more unhinged examples of the meme, below: