Logging into Twitter and seeing #RIPAmerica trending can be jarring, especially given the current state of things. Many parts of the United States are still under quarantine, with cities such as New York and Los Angeles probably not coming out of that haze until the summer (hopefully).
Then there are the states that are opening back up without having complied with public health guidelines. Then there are politicians and protesters who are constantly denying expert opinion about how reopening too soon could cause a second wave of the coronavirus that’ll be worse than the first. Then there are people resorting to violence over being told to wear a mask. It’s all incredibly bleak.
So #RIPAmerica isn’t quite about a literal death of the country, but people are using the hashtag to express the exhaustion and cynicism that comes with being caught in the middle of pandemic pandemonium.
Here are some tweets that perfectly sum up many people’s feelings of doubt and mistrust.
We’re stuck in the longest-ever episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’
— princess sugar pea ???? (@princesssugarp) May 14, 2020
We now live in an age where government has a complete disdain for knowledge, science, facts, and truth.
— JD (@J_TheTimelord) May 14, 2020
— Been Self Isolating since the 80's (@PammyChanelle) May 14, 2020
— william frank (@william48014446) May 14, 2020
This just can’t be happening . . . can it?
— Ambereve Ginunas (@JinkiesMsJenks) May 14, 2020
— G Rιπ T-39 (@grinteq_hq) May 14, 2020
— Mangoman (@69mangoman) May 14, 2020
— TheMayor4U (@mayor4_u) May 14, 2020
Trust science (and history) over politics
— CultureStorm (@CultureStorm) May 14, 2020
— The Joy of Trolling (@twelthavenue) May 14, 2020
— ????✉ MAILMAN ✉???? (@DaMailman03) May 14, 2020
The Thanos theory
— BLEBLEDADON (@BLE5SING) May 14, 2020
Don’t forget—it’s still an election year
— RV (@REVMusicNY) May 14, 2020
— RAVYN WO7F (@RAVYNWO7F) May 14, 2020