Just because we get a new calendar and the date changes on our phones, it doesn’t magically give us a pine-fresh brand new start and solve all of society’s problems. However, even knowing this and after the humbling year that was 2020, some people had hoped that 2021 would be better. While the year isn’t necessarily doomed yet, some already feel that it is because the first week of the new year has been terrifying, surreal, and exhausting.

The entire world was glued to their screens watching the events happening in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 6. Riled up by President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that the election had been ‘unfair’ and ‘stolen,’ his supporters, who had been protesting nearby, violently stormed the US Capitol building. A lot of these rioters, whom some are calling ‘domestic terrorists’ and ‘traitors,’ firmly believe in the QAnon and voter fraud conspiracy theories.

Like after other scary and difficult moments, many people reacted to the situation the only way they knew how—with dark humor and memes. Many of them focused on how 2021 is just a continuation of the previous year. Bored Panda has collected some of the most popular comedic responses to the year so far, so have a look at the internet’s reaction below and let us know what you think of the events in the US, dear Readers.

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This should be higher 😄

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Clever!

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That's a nice jester

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The storming of the Capitol left at least 5 people dead. The police shot a woman, 35-year-old US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, dead. Three people died from medical emergencies. And it was confirmed on Thursday night that police officer Brian Sicknick died in hospital after he was injured. Fourteen officers in total had been injured. So far, at least 68 people have been arrested while the FBI is aiming to identify everyone who took part in the events. Meanwhile, there are growing demands for Trump to resign. Many believe he’s to blame for the events because of his claims about voter fraud and other unfounded theories.

To get to understand people's belief in conspiracy theories better and what leads to their spread, Bored Panda reached out to Joseph M. Pierre, a professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. It might sometimes seem like more people are vulnerable to conspiracy theories than at any other point in history, and there’s evidence both in support and against this. The internet may have a lot to blame for the rise and proliferation of a lot of conspiracies like the QAnon theory, but the other half of the equation is the lack of trust in authorities.

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Evelína Zlá
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Haha... this shouldn´t made me laugh so much...

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1 month ago

And so naive

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According to Professor Pierre, researchers like conspiracy theory expert Joe Uscinski would say that there’s little evidence that would suggest that more people believe in conspiracies now than back in the past. Meanwhile, Pierre’s own ‘mistrust and misinformation’ model shows that there is some evidence to support “an ebb and flow in belief in misinformation including conspiracy theories over time that tracks with new informational technologies” like the internet, TV, radio, and newspapers. Similarly, the professor said that there are ebbs and flows in (mis)trust of institutions of authority for a variety of reasons.

Pierre’s model of conspiracy theory belief is a two-component model that consists of “mistrust in authoritative sources of information leading to vulnerability to misinformation and disinformation.” So if you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re trying to change a conspiracy theorist’s mind, the professor suggests talking to them about trusted sources of information. “Until you can find some common ground there, meaningful debate will probably be elusive,” he said.

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Please, Aliens, come and take me.

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1 month ago

Actually. Everyone. Apart from Americans

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It ain't a moo point now🐮

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“I think we can put some blame on the internet for the popularity of conspiracy theories today,” Pierre said. “Without YouTube, conspiracy theories might very well be less popular. But the other part of the blame pie can be attributed to a decline in trust, whether in government or in scientists, over the past half-century. We’re also living in a time unprecedented in our lifetimes in which American politicians have endorsed and exploited conspiracy theories as propaganda to this degree.”

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Red
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1 month ago

Same and i got these cool shades B)

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1 month ago

I won't move!

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1 month ago

Every american should do that

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1 month ago

Oh my God they are twins

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1 month ago

Can it get any worse........ Yikes

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They should label the dude swimming 'Humans'.

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1 month ago

It's like a crappy tvshop ad

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Americans acting like the rest of the world is having all their problems... we still have just covid. We are just watching and laughing

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1 month ago

Just wants to copy it's older sibling..

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This is the truest one of them all. The whole Capitol storm was just a blip on the radar compared to these issues.

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1 month ago

Bwahaha🤦

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Sonja
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1 month ago

In fact...I think that these would be one of scariest halloween costumes this year..if we managed it somehow to halloween..

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1 month ago

Hopefully it won't be a show that ends up having 20 or more seasons...

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 month ago

I love this one mostly because of the movie its from

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1 month ago

Off-topic, that dog is adorable!

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Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

Didn't it?

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1 month ago

"Lockdown" and "dry" are two mutually exclusive terms...

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1 month ago

Darth Rona

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1 month ago

hahaha, that's amazing XD

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Freya the Wanderer
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1 month ago

Dry January died a-borning.

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Tryhard mode: ON

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1 month ago

... short bangs

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Tiredpossum
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1 month ago

Haha after the 1 day I gave up so......

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KombatBunni
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1 month ago

Well, at least fallout has cool armour?

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Guy MacGregor
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1 month ago

What ? Something with Area 51 again ?

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Vic
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1 month ago

Aliens are still working on their mask production. Coz no intelligent will visit earth without a mask right now..

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Tiredpossum
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That dude is crazy. They all are. Idk why people can't be peaceful. Idk why the leader of a country would ask for violence in the country. Idk why he wants the cake and wants to eat it at the same time like do you want peace or a riot? Saying he's the best president my ass. And idk why he posted a video that sounded like a parent forcing a toddler to apologize and that wasn't even a real one!

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I'manoob!
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1 month ago (edited)

I blame trump and his congested orange face. His actions brought nothing but manipulative destruction...and it just keeps going! Do us(the people of this cool planet) a favor and LOCK THE MAN UP!!

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Justin G
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1 month ago

Oh no

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N G
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One that will confuse our US friends... I'll be honest, since there is a strong leaning towards US content, this one took me a second...

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Dorothy Parker
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Hey, you! Put the mouse back in the house.

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ANGEL UMOREN
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hahaaa

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J. F.
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1 month ago

Stop playing the damn Pandemic Inc. game >Enter deity of choice here< !

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It would probably been expired

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Forever... and ever... and ever.

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lol epic. This is the most Frank Gallagher pic ever

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wandile dludlu
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It actually is looking up for the rest of us... especially if you live in a 3rd world country, we were sheep and wore masks. we also had elections be decided by the popular vote and not whatever you people have

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It can always go lower

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1 month ago

And that's not even the biggest problem

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1 month ago

YES

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Vic
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1 month ago

2023, just to be on the safer side..

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