– “When the US government asks
for my birth certificate so they can draft me for World War 3.
I’m 12.” – (both laugh)
♪ (punk rock intro) ♪ – (reporter) World War 3
is beginning to trend… – Oh, no.
– Yeah, I’ve seen a bunch of World War 3 memes
on social media. – (reporter) …to a new level.
Soleimani was the leader… – I realize we haven’t
talked about this. I feel like we’ve probably
individually seen a lot about it, but we haven’t really
talked about it. – (reporter) In 2018,
President Donald Trump broke the Iran nuclear deal.
– Yeah, that was kind of a big thing, wasn’t it?
That was definitely a bigger move by Trump himself.
– (reporter) Trump then reinstated financial and economic sanctions…
– He trying to reverse everything Obama did. (chuckles)
– I know. – (reporter) …a
terrorist organization. Iran attacked…
– Yeah, this has been going on for a while.
– (reporter) …in the Gulf region among other things and the tit-for…
– This is… Yeah. (sighs)
– (reporter) …the US killing of Soleimani.
– I need all the details I can get. It’s kind of hidden
under all the memes that I see instead.
– Kind of misinformed basically. – Yeah, I’m very misinformed,
because all I see are the Twitter memes.
– I feel like there might be something, but it’s not gonna be
as big as a whole world war, you know? Maybe a little bit of fighting,
but I doubt in hell that there’s gonna be
a whole world war just based on this.
– (FBE) So, that was a video briefly explaining the recent events
that have occurred the US and Iran, which have obviously stirred up
a lot of controversial conversations, including discussions
about the possibility of a World War 3.
Many people quickly turned to the internet to make
and share memes about it, so we’re gonna get your thoughts
on some of those today. – They’re pretty funny too,
some of them. – “Iran versus USA.
2020 is gonna be my year. World War 3 is trending
on the third day.” – Yeah, that was–
that was literally the first meme of the decade.
– Wow. So much happened in the first three days,
it just seemed like, “Okay, this year is not gonna be very great.”
– I mean, they’re funny, but then again still kinda scary.
I mean, that’s the way we feel about it,
and none of us wanna go to war. – Kids just don’t understand
the seriousness of it, I guess, because I think they’re
just misinformed and they don’t know
the reason behind it. – (Khloe) It’s not my fault…
– “Me and the girls when we steal a tank
in World War 3.” – (chuckles)
– Oh my gosh! That is so funny! – Dude, TikTok is so good.
– (chuckles) – (laughs)
– (Kim) Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my–
– Oh, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. That’s funny.
– It was such a quick meme that it just blew up so fast.
I was like, “Whoa.” My whole “For You” page on TikTok
was just all World War 3 memes. – “Me having no [bleep] idea
what I’m doing in #WWIII.” Oh my god.
– He’s a clown. He’s like, “I’m a clown.
I don’t know what I’m doing.” (laughs)
“They just recruited me.” – It’s like these memes
have a little truth. – It’s humorous, but is it
making fun of our military? What do you think?
– It’s true. Eh. – No?
– But he’s just saying he has no idea what’s going on.
– I think it’s less scary for Americans, because a war
doesn’t feel like it comes here. We always– it always goes there.
So, imagine the people– it always breaks my heart
for the people in foreign countries. – These kinds of memes seem
to take over social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram,
Reddit, and TikTok. And at some point,
meme creators started to explore the possibility of a military draft,
so we’re gonna show you some of those memes now.
– Draft. – Okay, draft, draft.
– Those are the best ones, especially the TikToks.
(chuckles) Those are funny. – (man) Ha-ha.
– (both laugh) – I’ve seen that.
– He said, “I’m laughing at the memes, but low-key
I’m scared as hell.” (laughs) – (man) Ha-ha.
– That’s very funny. – This one is probably
the most appropriate. – Yeah.
– Yeah. I think that illustrates exactly what the problem is.
Right now, everyone’s just kind of laughing and confused,
but when the reality hits, if the reality hits,
the joke’s over. – I’m almost within that age range.
– I don’t see a draft happening. – I mean, it could.
– Eh, I don’t see it. – That’s why everyone’s scared.
– I’m not old enough, so it’s not really
that big a deal to me. But I would want to just protec–
– You would want to what? – To protect the country.
– Okay. Well, there’s– you still have…
– When I’m 18. – …the opportunity to do that.
You don’t have to be drafted. You can volunteer.
– Yeah, that’s true. – “Gays when we get drafted.”
– I saw this! (claps) – Oh my god! That’s so hilarious.
– (squeals) – (both laugh)
– That’s a really good one! ♪ (upbeat music) ♪
– (snickers) – God bless America.
– (laughs) – All right. So, the topic
is certainly sensitive, but that was a damn good dance.
– They’d probably be making TikToks in World War 3 to be honest.
– That’s a good one. – (chuckles)
– “When the US government asks for my birth certificate,
so they can draft me for World War 3. I’m 12.”
– (both laugh) – I’d make a fake ID
and be like, “Yo, I’m 11.” (chuckles) – It’s kind of true, though!
We don’t wanna get drafted! And a lot of the people
that are making the memes are actually the ones that…
– That are scared. – ….that are really scared.
They’re just like, “Please stay away from me!”
– Ah, bench warmers. Well, I just feel like
they don’t have that much– they don’t really care what happens,
’cause if they cared, they would go out
and protect the country. – “If World War 3’s starting
and women want equal rights so bad, we should start drafting them too.”
And then– – Right?
– And then– (chuckles) – (laughs)
– I saw this one. (claps) I did one like this!
This is one that I did! – Be like, “You know what?
We’re gonna do it, what the wives and the women
are supposed to do then.” – (both laugh)
– “We’ll listen to y’all.” – “We’re gonna get to work.”
– No hate on anybody who’s creating memes
about this or anything, but personally, I can’t
just joke about something like this. – Memes have evolved,
’cause it’s always been in response to whatever’s popular, and that’s how
you’re gonna get viewed just because it’s
on a popular subject. And it’s become so common.
It’s like, “Okay, this is trending, this is trending. Make a meme.
Something’s funny,” that an event like this
falls into it and the machine just continue to crank.
I don’t think the filters apply for people to realize
this requires focus. This is very serious.
– Yeah. – Instead it’s just, “Okay,
what’s going on this week? What have we got on the list?”
And so, they’re just cranking it out. – (FBE) The reaction to these memes
has been mixed with many saying that they are using humor
to cope with their fears about war while others have expressed
their concern about making light of such a serious situation
as seen in the following tweets. – (both) Okay.
– “Yeah, not gonna lie, this ‘We joke to get us
through trauma’ thing ain’t applicable this time lol.
It’s not your trauma to joke about.” Yeah, I get this.
So, for some people, it’s definitely way more real
than we assume it to be, but I think telling people to stop
isn’t really gonna do much. – It’s different times, you know?
It’s just 2020, man. People– – The internet.
– People are gonna joke about everything, you know.
– People don’t take stuff seriously nowadays.
– If we’re afraid, whatever works at this point.
– Actually, I agree. If you’re afraid, whatever works.
– It’s just going over their heads right now.
They’re not processing it correctly, but that’s like every teenager
in the world to be honest. – “Americans are making a joke
out of something that will kill millions here in the Middle East.
Our lives are in danger. We are worried about our future.
This is disgusting.” “Gays on their way to the trenches
(chuckles) during World War”– I feel bad for laughing. (laughs)
– It’s a joke for a reason. It’s made to laugh at
not take seriously in most situations. – You can imagine if you’re
on the other side that they have…
– Yeah, because they have– – …you know, their own concerns
about how something serious could be looked at so lightly.
– True. – See, us in America,
you know what I mean, we see what’s going on
in the news and we hear that, but we really can’t feel
their pain like they are. They’re like, “We got family there.
I’ve been there.” – And seeing these things
is just scaring me even more, because I’m like, what do I do
about this situation that’s going on right now, though?
– I can tell you this. I can remember when I was
a senior in high school, and Bush Sr. was escalating
what was going on in the Middle East
at the time with Iraq. I had a history teacher
who came in just cackling in the middle of the afternoon
and said, “Boys, I hope you like picking
sand fleas out of your boots, ’cause you’re all going to the east.”
– That joke, terrible as it was, actually made us all suddenly realize
the significance of the situation that we were in.
Fortunately, the pendulum swings, and things balanced out.
I know that it feels like there’s a possibility of World War 3,
but I have some confidence that this will balance out again.
– (FBE) We wanna start off by saying that this topic
has been very polarizing online, but we have a unique opportunity today
to get the perspective of both teens and their parents.
As you can see, the topic of World War 3
has been one of the most talked about and memed things to happen
this year so far. Obviously, the possibility
of a new world war is scary and dangerous.
Why do you think so many people turned it into a humorous meme?
– Well, I just think it’s a way to cope with the situation,
because obviously we know it’s awful and it’s possible that something
might happen. But if we can make light
of such a dark subject, then it’ll at least get us through it.
– Because here we go about our lives on a regular basis
and don’t see bombs, you know, exploding in front
of us or near us, everything turns into
a joke to Americans. And this is actually kind of
a serious thing that’s happening in the world.
– They don’t wanna face reality. Yeah, there’s a possibility
of a World War 3 going on, but that’s scary to think about it,
so let’s not think about it. – We make a joke out of everything.
Like SNL, they’re making jokes about all this stuff,
you know what I mean? People are laughing, carrying on,
laughing about Donald Trump. “Oh, Donald Trump,”
you know, this stuff. Like, yo, he’s the president.
All he gotta do is push a couple buttons
and say a couple things, and we gonna shoot
a couple missiles off. – We don’t know.
We don’t know the situations that supposedly led to the moment
we’re in right now. We don’t know what’s going to happen
two days from now, and that makes it
even more uncomfortable. But it also gives you a little license
to where you can make fun of it or at least be humorous.
– I understand where these people are coming from.
That’s not how I personally am trying to cope with this right now.
We’re all just really trying to just understand
what’s going on and figuring out
how to deal with that. – (FBE) The United States has been
kind of going through this idea of this war on terrorism
and this war for kind of a long time.
– This has been going on probably since the Biblical days.
– (FBE) Yeah. – (chuckles) Before we was born.
This was going on for all over hundreds of years.
– (FBE) As someone who has seen how the United States and the world
reacted to those events, how would you compare the response
to a possible World War 3 to the threats of war
when you were growing up? – Well, I think the whole idea
of memes, I think, is just because everybody has
access to it now. So many people have access
to a computer and can generate these memes, where we’ve probably
done similar things, just didn’t have the technology,
so we had till the nighttime comics put together a routine.
And they reached a lot of people by doing their thing on TV.
– We have to have some sort of comedy, some sort of laughter
in this generation, ’cause the older generation
was definitely grieving and depression was hitting.
And I think sometimes we have to have some of the light.
– You see everything in a quickness. Back then, we wouldn’t know
until we turn on the TV or the radio. You know, we wouldn’t know anything.
And we’d only hear from the people that are on the radio
or on the news. Now, everybody has a say
about everything. – (FBE) So, many articles
have pointed the anger surrounding the memes
specifically towards Gen Z as they are one of
the most active generations on social media and are responsible
for a lot of the memes like the ones you saw today.
As a teenager, how do you feel about the blame being pointed
at you but also do you feel that your generation just has
a different outlook on things than your parents?
– It’s stupid. If something is awful,
we try to make light of that subject.
We don’t try to just say, “Oh, this is awful,”
just look at it in an awful way. We try to make light of it.
I mean, that’s all we can really do. – To blame our generation
for the jokes, yeah, sure. But is it really
that much of a bad thing? Deep down, we’re kinda scared.
You know, just a little. And the memes definitely
help reassure us. – A lot of people in my generation
aren’t as educated and don’t know a lot of the backstories
and how war actually works, so that’s probably
why we’re joking about it. And I feel like all the generations
or whoever should be mad at us, because we probably don’t know
as much as they do. – For a lot of people my age,
we either weren’t born for 9/11 or we weren’t really old enough
to really be in it and understand what was going on,
so this is kind of the first real scare
of a global crisis that I’ve really had to deal with.
– We definitely have a different outlook
on what our parents do, ’cause if I show her a meme,
she’ll always be like, “What? What? I don’t get it.
What does that mean?” – You know that meme
that you guys would say, “OK boomer,”
I feel like everything that you guys do
that we don’t agree on, you guys are always gonna
be like, “OK boomer.” But I mean, there is a generation gap,
so I don’t really blame them for it, because we just grew up
in different eras. – (FBE) So finally,
whether you agree with these World War 3 memes or not,
what would you wanna say to the people who are creating the memes?
– That’s a tough one. (laughs) – Just be a little more sensitive
when you create them towards the people that are out there.
So, when you create ’em, just think of both sides.
That’s all. – If that’s what makes you happy,
then keep doing what you’re doing. I know there’s people out there
that are very angry at you, but if this is what’s
helping you at ease, then continue to…
– I say if you like making them, keep making them.
– And I would just have to say that one of the things
that makes our country great is that we have the ability
to do these things and we have the opportunity
to discuss our differences and whether or not
we like them or not. I suppose that if somebody
is creating things you don’t like, then you have the chance
to turn ’em off. – Make sure that
you’re happy right now. Be with the people
that you care about, like just spend quality time
with the people that you love. This is a really tough time,
and this is a really big issue to have to go through,
and you really shouldn’t have to deal with it alone,
so… yeah. – I can’t step on that.
That’s perfect. – Thanks for watching this episode…
– Of Teens and Parents React. – If you liked this video…
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