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With the coronavirus pandemic keeping us home for the past few months, going on dates and visiting new places have become but distant, fond memories. A new Twitter meme is now softening the sting of social distancing, reminding restless singles that, even if we could go out, trusting your date to bring you somewhere spectacular usually isn’t as romantic as it sounds.
In the meme, Twitter users jokingly call people out for claiming to “know a spot,” the phrase suggesting they’re taking their date to an exciting surprise location for some private time together. However, instead of an intimate restaurant, secluded beach, or shady park, the inept Romeo takes their partner to a markedly less conventional date spot.
While some are still sweet or merely unexpected, most locales in the meme are more upsetting, underwhelming, or abstract. Taking your date to the barn in Midsommar or “for granted” is a great way to make sure they never call you back.
men be like “i know a spot” & then take you to rock bottom
— ratatouille (@nussyrox) June 26, 2020
girls be like i know a spot and then don’t know how to get there
— 𝐹 (@tashsiddiqui) June 26, 2020
Men be like “I know a place” and take you to the lowest point of your life
— keeks (@kiwikeeks) June 27, 2020
guys be like i know a place then take u for granted
— fai (@fai7ure) June 27, 2020
I’m gonna start telling men “I know a place” and then drop them off at a therapist.
— robert california (@lzrdqueeen) June 27, 2020
women be like “i know a place” and take you to an overgrown greenhouse & eat your heart as a sacrifice
— Doth (@DothTheDoth) June 28, 2020
Some Twitter users have put an astrological twist on the meme, calling out various star signs’ alleged attitudes toward dating.
taurus be like “i know a place” then keep you at home, light candles, and cook for you
— luna (@lunatically) June 28, 2020
Scorpios be like “I know a spot” & take you to hell
— Emprex B. 🖤🏳️🌈 (@TarotByBronx) June 28, 2020
pisces be like “i know a place” then lose themselves in your eyes
— gaymer (@legallyines) June 28, 2020
The meme has also spread beyond fumbling attempts at courtship, with Twitter users applying it to music, fandoms, and the harsh realities of life in a racially unjust society.
hozier be like “i know a spot” then take you to church
— asiya (@ossiyuh) June 26, 2020
animal crossing players be like “i know a place” and take you to the only part of their island that is decorated
— merengue says ACAB/pinned! (@acnhberry) June 28, 2020
service industry workers will be like “I know a place” and it’s just the alley behind the restaurant where they go to cry during shift
— ellie schnitt (@holy_schnitt) June 28, 2020
Lady Macbeth be like “I know a spot” and then can’t get it out
— Cameron Barné (@Cam11235) June 28, 2020
white people be like “i know a spot” then colonize it
— chris😔 (@ChrisStanAcc) June 27, 2020
girls w low iron be like “I know a spot” then get up and see spots
— Azhar Chowdhury (@certifiedclouun) June 28, 2020
gimli be like “i know a place” then take you to the mines of moria where you come across a balrog and your wizard companion dies
— alison | #1 dwarf stan (@fooloffatook) June 28, 2020
Edgar Allan Poe be like “I know a spot” then you be buried underneath a floorboard.
— Doth (@DothTheDoth) June 28, 2020
white ppl b like “i know a spot” and then gentrify it
— vickjpg (@vick_jpg) June 28, 2020
trains will be like “i know a spot” and then take you there efficiently and sustainably
— chris arvin 💕 🌁 (@chrisarvinsf) June 29, 2020
We’re all eager to escape the cabin fever, but staying at home as much as you can is still the most sensible option while the coronavirus continues to spread. Going out often doesn’t live up to the hype anyway.