Gandhi memes or fake Gandhi quotes is a series of dialogues used as parody to replace the real Mahatma Gandhi quotes. It is usually a statement, question, comment, famous dialogue or an expression which is edited on a picture of Mahatma Gandhi to mock it as if ti was said by him in his days. The context ranges from disapproval to mocking a situation, usually to create intentional comedy and prove one’s point in any given matter.
The first idea to replace existing Gandhi quotes with a wittier line appeared on Twitter on 1st Oct 2017. Since then, several meme makers have shown their creativity and come up with humorous one-liner fake quotes.
The first fake Gandhi quote was uploaded by a Twitter user called That LOL Buddhu @lolbuddhu. He shared a pic that tweaked Gandhi’s quote ‘ An eye for an eye will make the world go blind’ to’…’demand for more Ray bans‘.
Spread on Twitter
The same day, another Twitter user Garima Verma @garima2611 came up with a new fake quote with the caption “Truth is God and truth overrides all our plans.” Truth be told!
Here, the goal was to prove that whenever you get too excited about a plan and exaggerate about it in front of your friends, it ends up being canceled. Just like the Goa plan that is made almost every year by numerous groups but ends up getting canceled because of any reason.
Following the fake Gandhi quote trend, a user शांत्यां विरम @Binakahelunga also uploaded a quote which was more like a straightforward statement that those who watch shows like ‘Big Boss’ are dumb. (chutiya) This was a majorly propagated idea by Non-Big boss fans. The idea was that the show is utter bullshit and those who watch the show, also belong to the same category of chutiya(s).
Spread of Fake Gandhi quotes
Fake Gandhi quotes began circulating on various social media platforms in 2018. More than generally sharing it as a post on social media, this meme got popularity as a comment response on any post.
9gag also uploaded a fake Gandhi quote on 29th March 2018. The caption was, Dirty Peasant: “You can’t just attribute fake quotes to people and call yourself an intellectual.” Me, an intellectual:
Spread on Facebook
Another fake Mahatma Gandhi quote was uploaded by a Facebook page DIRTY MINDS, that has over 840 K followers and likes. The quote was a simple text ‘Nice pic dear’. This comment is used mostly by the guys who are poor at good pick up lines. Thus, the best thing that they come up with to interact with a woman is commenting on her display picture.
This picture was uploaded on 8th December 2019. It went on to receive 2.3 k likes along with 76 comments and 858 shares.
Another Facebook page called Mahatma Gandhi Memes was created on 17th January 2019 which has over 1076 likes and followers to date. This page just uses various fake quotes and dialogues on the cliched image of Mahatma Gandhi in various contexts.
Context of use
By the end of January 2019, fake Gandhi quotes had become evident and widely used by highly active internet users. People started adding random comments, trending hashtag, and cool statements to generate fake Gandhi quotes. Websites like Memegen came up with templates which allowed to paste any random text on it to make a new fake quote.
Some of the fake quotes also had famous dialogues from recently released movies like gully boy.
Mahatma Gandhi fake app
The trend of using fake Mahatma Gandhi quotes had sparked to such an extent that a famous digital publication house The Quint @quintillion launched an app with the caption, “Gandhiji is online and available to chat, even on Gandhi Jayanti. Yes, here’s a fun chat box where you can talk to M K Gandhi. He cracks some great jokes too!”
This digital platform has over 6.6M followers and as a tribute to the trending fake Gandhi quotes, they launched an app on 2nd October 2018. This app allows you to talk to a fake Gandhi automation which gives you hilarious responses for scripted questions.
A fake Gandhi quote was uploaded on YouTube by the channel Text2Meme on Oct 20, 2018. The video was a compilation video of PewDiePie Vs T-Series memes. It used a fake Mahatma Gandhi quote that said, “T-series is gay-fam”.
The channel has around 329,460 subscribers and the video T-SERIES MEMES received over 515,712 views, 14 K likes and 5,160 comments.
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