Airpods can’t catch a break.
The meme makes fun of people using Airpods, joking that they can’t hear warnings because they’re wearing Apple’s overpriced wireless earphones. In one of the most popular versions of the meme, a bystander attempts to tell Oedipus (yeah, that Oedipus) that he’s about to fulfill the prophesy of killing his father and marrying his mother.
oedipus you’re gonna fuck your mom oh my god he has airpods in oh my god he can’t hear us! oh my god!
— zoe (@wretchedophelia) January 29, 2019
The meme is a spin-off of a 2016 YouTube video, where the narrator tries to tell Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants that he’ll be hit by an incoming truck if he doesn’t move, but Squidward is oblivious. The video was titled, “Squidward The Trucks Coming. Oh my god he has headphones on. He can’t hear us. Oh my god.”
In one of the earliest versions of the Airpods adaption, according to Know Your Meme, a narrator tells Ben Shapiro to watch out, but the podcaster puts in Airpods instead.
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Since then the meme has spread, referencing the greatest betrayals of pop culture.
donnie darko get out of the way there’s a jet engine coming. oh my god he has airpods in. he can’t hear us. oh my god.
— spit (@robsungirl) January 29, 2019
dorian gray watch out! your portrait is slowly metamorphosing into a grotesque physical manifestation of your earthly and moral sins! oh god he has airpods in. he can’t hear us
— 🍸 (@oscarewilde) January 28, 2019
It even crossed over with the bizarre Shaggy memes.
And came full circle with a version about the strange Airpods ASMR.
At least they look cool.