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Memes aren't built to last, but we sure do love them anyway. People may have been starting to get bored of the most recent iteration, the then-and-now photo comparisons on social media — and then Mimi came along. Mariah Carey's "If You Don't Love Me At" meme is absolutely perfect and has set Twitter on fire.
If you haven't logged on to Twitter for three months, this latest trending meme goes like this: You post an unflattering photo of the subject (either yourself or a public figure, usually), next to the most fantastic photo that possibly exists of that person, with the caption, "if you don't love me at my _, you don't deserve me at my _." The meme is a riff of a rumored Marilyn Monroe quote, per Inverse, in which she supposedly said, “I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” (Elle magazinereported that there's no evidence Monroe ever said those words so, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). The meme has been circulating on social media for weeks, with the words "worst" and "best" replaced by the corresponding photos.
But now we can all quit, because Mariah Carey just won everything. On Sunday, April 8, Carey tweeted the meme as a photo of her iconic role as Ms. Weiss in Precious beside the album cover for her 2005 record The Emancipation of Mimi, and people were not ready for it.
It's also worth noting that yeah, maybe she's not all "glowed up" in the photo from the 2009 film, but she still looks amazing. Even when she's playing the part of a homely social worker from 30 years ago, it's still Mariah-f*cking-Carey — with less makeup.