Andy Beshear memes for social distancing teens was created on Facebook on March 20 and already has over 220,000 members.
Jeremy McFarland is the founder of the group and he noted his shock at how fast the group has caught on.
“I had no expectation that it would blow up like it did. I just kind of wanted to create something so that I could personally collect more of the memes and to encourage others to make more,” said McFarland.
The group has a constant stream of memes coming in during the day, but it especially picks up after 5 p.m. when Beshear has his daily press conference. According to the statistics Facebook provides, the group averages around 28,000 posts per day.
Emily-Christine Lowe is one of the moderators of the group and a friend of the group’s founders. She saw the group as a great opportunity to spread positivity during this time of uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
“Our hopes for this group is that it’s a place people can blow off a little steam, decompress and just have fun,” said Lowe via Facebook Messenger.
McFarland recognizes the severity of the times as well.
“Right now is a really scary and uncertain time for everyone, not just in Kentucky or in the U.S. but in the world. This is a really unprecedented time,” said McFarland.
McFarland also explained why so many people are turning to making memes about Beshear during these times.
“I think a lot of people really appreciate the steady leadership that Andy Beshear has had and he’s had these press conferences for several weeks now and I think people appreciate the stability,” said McFarland.“I think that making memes is just another way to express that appreciation and turning what is a really scary and emotional time into something a little bit more fun. That’s where these memes are really coming from," said McFarland.
McFarland believes that these memes provide a good community for individuals to break away from the scary aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s nice to have a space where people are taking everything seriously and following the guidance of social distancing in a fun way,” said McFarland.