Michael Jordan Fuck Them Kids meme

Fuck Them Kids

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Updated Feb 18, 2022 at 02:28PM EST by Owen.

Added Feb 18, 2022 at 11:58AM EST by Owen.

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Fuck Them Kids refers to an ironic inspirational photo quote depicting retired professional basketball player Michael Jordan saying, "Fuck them kids," in reference to a video of him from 2016 sinking shots despite a crowd of summer camp kids trying to distract him. The image macro was first posted to Twitter in late 2018 and became a notable reaction image on platforms like Instagram. The catchphrase was also placed over other celebrity headshots going into 2022.

Origin

In late July 2016, professional basketball players Michael Jordan and Chris Paul were at a summer camp event where they decided to wage a friendly bet: if Jordan missed three shots the entire camp got free Jordans. The bet was documented in a video where Jordan proceeded to make every shot. None of the kids got Jordans. It was uploaded to YouTube on July 30th, 2016 by the channel HoopJab, who received roughly 715,300 views over the course of six years (shown below).



On September 4th, 2018, the video resurfaced online, inspiring Twitter[1] user KILLATEX to create a fake inspirational photo quote of Jordan saying, "Fuck them kids" (shown below). Over the course of five years, the tweet received five likes.


"F--- them kids." @killatex

Spread

The image macro received its first spike in attention and usage after it was included in a controversial Twitter thread dating back to September 12th, 2018.[3] It involved a now-suspended Twitter user, _kingneal, who relayed his story about how he had left his wife and kids to move in with a woman he'd only met once. The Twitter user used the "Fuck them kids" image in his thread, using it both earnestly and ironically to show that he was proud of his actions. Subsequently, the story and the use of the meme came off as arrogant to many and inspired mass outrage. On September 14th of that year, Instagram[4] page officialmayorspeaks posted a compilation of screenshots from the thread, earning over 450 likes for the image over the course of four years (shown below).


King. "F--- them kids." @_kingneal I f----- the s--- out of my girlfriend the night I met her and just never went home. After spending a week at her crib I just asked how much was the rent and 23 17 334 2,032 King. @_kingneal · 2h I'm a semi retired rapper so l'm not gon promote any music so follow my girlfriend. @TickleMeHellNo and ask her if I can tell the whole story. She's also a content creator, social media manager, been payin they s--- ever since. It'll be a year in October 12:01 AM - 13 Sep 18 from Palos Heights, IL and virtual assistant 13K Retweets 70.6K Likes MNB King. @_kingneal · 5h Everybody askin if I was homeless or lived with my parents. No, i left my wife and kids for her. She's Sunshine from Harlem Nights King. @_kingneal · 4h The wedding gon be in Bali. You comin? 45 27 537 2,474 King. @_kingneal 3h 14 "F--- them kids."

From this notoriety, the image macro took off en masse going into 2019, turning into a notable reaction image. For instance, on November 22nd, 2018, Twitter[5] user RidiculousDak tweeted a Thanksgiving joke, earning roughly 13,000 likes over the course of four years (shown below, left). On January 27th, 2019, verified Instagram[6] meme page whitepeoplehumor used the image in a meme, earning roughly 44,800 likes over the course of three years (shown below, right).


Dak (Retired) ... @RidiculousDak Adults on Thanksgiving: "Let the kids eat first" Me: "F--- them kids." @killatex 3:38 PM · Nov 22, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone When you're paying at the grocery store and they want to know if you want to donate $1 to the starving children @whitepeoplehumor "F--- them kids."

In early 2019, other black and white headshots of celebrities and characters started getting their own "Fuck them kids" images. The first known one was a photo of Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars (shown below left). Although the original creator is unknown, the earliest known repost is available on Me.me,[7] uploaded on February 19th, 2019. Its most notable usage was posted by Twitter[8] user WizardBelly671 on March 1st, 2020, who used it in a reply to a tweet about Lebron James, earning roughly 3,400 likes over the course of two years (shown below, right).


"F--- them kids." Lakers Insiders @LALInsiders · Mar 1, 2020 LeBron basically traded Zo, BI, Hart to NOLA for AD, then beat them without AD even playing. That's cold as hell, man 162 27 16.5K A Tip 100.7K Bell @WizardBelly671 · Mar 1, 2020 LaBron said... "F--- them kids."

Various iterations of the image macro including different celebrities, characters and NBA players surfaced going into the rest of 2019, 2020 and 2021. For instance, on November 21st, 2019, Redditor CallofDuty_NZ posted a version to /r/MemeEconomy[9] featuring Jeffrey Epstein, earning 35 likes in two years (shown below, left). On September 6th, 2020, Instagram[10] page nbamemesgod posted a version with NBA player Russel Westbrook, gaining roughly 22,200 likes over the course of a year and a half (shown below, right).


"F--- Them Kids." Westbrook looking at the family section after he gets a bucket: "F--- them kids" @NbaMemesGod

If "Fuck Them Kids" Was An X

A phrasal template started to evolve from the meme in 2019 on Twitter. Meme creators labeled images with the catchphrase, "If 'fuck them kids' was a person." The first to do so was Twitter user mase_motsapi, who although was the first to do so, received no likes for their tweet (shown below).


Various Examples


Leigh-Allyn Baker O @L_A_Baker 8h I'm so sorry to hear that. My son almost died from his vaccine. So I totally understand your passion and fear. 75 276 45 leanna | BLM @lelemarji · 8h "F--- them kids." 2772 O 2,547 Leigh-Allyn Baker O @L_A_Baker Did you just threaten my children? SickSadWorld @Akeezus Gordon "F--- Them Kids" Hayward B-R Bleacher Report O @BleacherReport · 5m Gordon Hayward will not leave the bubble to be present for the birth of his child as previously planned, per @Rachel_Nichols COSTON F--- THEM KIDS robinhood "F--- them kids" לל

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External References

[1] Twitter – @KILLATEX

[3] Twitter – deleted thread

[4] Instagram – @officialmayorspeaks

[5] Twitter – @RidiculousDak

[6] Instagram – @whitepeoplehumor

[7] Me.me – fuck them kids

[8] Twitter – @WizardBelly671

[9] Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy

[10] Instagram – @nbamemesgod

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