13 Parodies of the Human Rights Campaign’s Red Equal Sign

Bert and Ernie, bacon, dancing bears–this was inevitable.

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Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign’s pink-and-red equal sign went viral — becoming the online symbol of the gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week. But, this being the Internet, nothing gold (or in this case, red) can stay — since the image is everywhere already, cue the multitude of parodies. Some have made us roll our eyes, others inspired chuckles, and the rare one made us seriously guffaw. We’ve culled some of our favorites from Facebook and meme-generators like KnowYourMeme and WeKnowMemes. 

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No matter which way this case goes, both sides will be drinking — and Bud Light knows that. (Facebook)

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As man’s best friend, dogs deserve similar equality. Here, a canine creation shared by Garrett Rosso, formerly an art director for TIME. (Facebook)

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Here, TIME Photo Editor Tanner Curtis seamlessly blends two memes – the equal sign and the photo of a Goosebumps-loving, pigtailed, hopelessly nerdy girl that has been going viral ever since it was posted on Reddit in March 2012.

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Speaking of characters, you’ll like this Peanuts parody — featuring Peppermint Patty and her best friend Marcie — shared by “Being Liberal,” a Facebook group for “liberally-minded people” that boasts more than 620,000 fans. (Facebook)

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Just note: Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie are not going to get married anytime soon, the show has confirmed. (WeKnowMemes):

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If any fictional character is as wise as the Supreme Court justices, it would be Yoda, the fictional sage who trains Jedis in Star Wars. George Takei, Star Trek actor, is posting sci-fi-themed spoofs on his Facebook page. (Facebook)

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Deadheads: the Grateful Dead’s iconic dancing bears are getting into the act. TIME Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger shared this picture. (Facebook)

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This landmark Supreme Court case calls for parodies using…landmarks — such as the Seattle Space Needle. (Facebook)

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Or New York’s Statue of Liberty, the ultimate symbol of freedom to immigrants and foreigners worldwide. (Visible Friends Network)

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American cook Paula Deen taught us that everything is better with butter. (KnowYourMeme):

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More comfort food. (KnowYourMeme)

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We’ll see if this appeal to high culture appeals to the nation’s highest court–inspired by American painter Mark Rothko’s abstract art. (KnowYourMeme)

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23 comments
RinaLiddle
RinaLiddle

I don't see how any of these are parodies, they don't mock, trivialize or make fun of the original in any way.

glennra3
glennra3

Lady Liberty making out with Lady Justice was my favorite.


Kudos for imagination.

Denesius
Denesius

Personally, didn't think a single one was that funny or worthy of guffaws.  This is a poor example of internet imagination.

MichaelWard
MichaelWard

I like this one. David Tennant jumping out of anything never stops being funny. LOL.

RobertBernhardt
RobertBernhardt

peppermint patty and marcie aren't gay according to Charles Schultz

jamesf161
jamesf161

Considering that most of us are quite well off and free now, the statue of liberty doesn't really symbolise freedom, given the unrelated natures of freedom and america. Its's more just american, or maybe a symbol of new york.

jennylobb1963
jennylobb1963

I hadn't seen the Pettermint Patty and Marcy one.

TheWonderRabbit
TheWonderRabbit

As an Australian, I can honestly say that your oxodized, French-made copper statue is not a 'symbol of freedom... To foreigners'.

Learn to not be so presumptuous. Your ageing green monstrosity needs to be cleaned and restored, and the only reason anyone outside the 1920s might associate it with 'freedom' is because you Americans keep claiming so.

Get outside of your little bubble some time and get to know the world.

It's your symbol, no one else's.

TomDenson
TomDenson

@TheWonderRabbit Why can't it be everyone's symbol, hmmm? It's a symbol, a message. No one owns it, it just happens to be in a geographical location knows as the US. 


See it as hope for the future rather then a reason to attach the present.

PaulBolin
PaulBolin

@TheWonderRabbit Hmm... interesting.. yet still foreigners are flocking to America in such droves that it's become a humanitarian problem.

NeilShaw7
NeilShaw7

@TheWonderRabbit a lot of people associate it with NYC. WHAT A  BEACON OF FREEDOM THAT TOWN IS!  I can tell you, as a Kilt Wearer, its the one city on the planet (outside of Edinburgh) where my sartorial preferences get zero second-glances. 

loseronamission
loseronamission

@TheWonderRabbit

I am also Australian. It's people with your small minded attitude that are keeping us back as humanity.

To comment on the actual topic at hand, This is an amazing cause. I want everyone to have equal rights. One day, we will stop saying "gay" or "straight" and simply say, "love".


AndyHoule
AndyHoule

@TomDenson Because someone does own it, America. It was a gift to the US in 1886. Sooooooo kinda has an owner already. And if you wanna be a troll about it really, two owners, since the Statue was built in a joint effort by the US and France, where the US built the base and France, the statue.

glennra3
glennra3

@PaulBolin @TheWonderRabbit 

No problem at all.  We have plenty of room.


Anyone with the gumption to pick up stakes and move to a new country is just the kind of person we want to build our future.

jamesf161
jamesf161

@loseronamission @TheWonderRabbit "love" is a terrible sexual-preference neutral adjective.

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screenpost

@AndyHoule @TomDenson Surely if the states helped build it then they should claim it entirely. Didn't they win the war or something?