The Friendzone Johnny meme “Plans for weeks - humiliated for a lifetime.” Another notable example: “Friends - without benefits.”
Friendzone Johnny is an advice animal image macro series that presents a photo of teenage boy holding a bouquet of roses. The photos is captioned with phrases relating to unrequited love and rejection.
In January 2012, Redditor shakee submitted“Friendzone level 99” to the /r/funny subreddit and FunnyJunk with this screenshot of a Facebook photo showing a male teen with a flower bouquet, and this description: “This is how you do it. He comes to my house at midnight to wish me a happy birthday(: I am so blessed to have such great friends. Thank you sososoo much Jonathon!”
Based on that, a Quickmeme submission was created the same day, and posted to Reddit. While
“friend zone” refers to a relationship in which one party wishes to become romantically involved while the other wants to remain friends, in this case, the teen in the photo, Johnny Solis, was comforting a friend whose father had passed away. The subject’s response to the meme explaining this did not stop Friendzone Johnny the meme from spreading exponentially via Quickmeme and Tumblr.
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