GameStop stock frenzy prompts spike in memes, outrage at Robinhood

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Real money is on the line for many people, but there’s still humor to be found in the story of GameStop’s stock soaring. 

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Real money is on the line for many people. Still, we’re talking about GameStop, the dumpy mall video game store chain that for claiming its stores were essential and needed to stay open. So you knew there were going to be jokes and memes surrounding the stock surge, including this fancy new look for the franchise. 

*BREAKING* GameStop to restructure all storefronts and interiors starting Monday. Rendering below!

— Jordan Fisher (@jordanfisher)

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Gamestop unveils their new store interior layouts…

— Seth (@SaxNStrikeouts)

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Yellen ‘monitoring the situation’

Many jokes circled around the fact that President Joe Biden’s press secretary said the administration, including new Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is aware of the news.

“Our team, including Secretary Yellen, is of course monitoring the situation,”  on Wednesday. “It’s a good reminder that the stock market, though, isn’t the only measure of health of our economy.”

Naturally, people had to react to the idea of the president and his team focusing on GameStop.

“We will let the American people know when GameStop discounts a Legend of Zelda chess set in a dented box,” said one Twitter user.

Wrote another, “My sources now telling me Biden is monitoring the GameStop situation and contemplating picking up a used copy of Crackdown 3 for $7.”

“We w

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My sources now telling me Biden is monitoring the Gamestop situation and contemplating picking up a used copy of Crackdown 3 for $7.

— Garbage Ape 🦧 (@GarbageApe)

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After monitoring the situation, the Biden administratio

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Sell, sell, sell

There were plenty of other elements of the story to poke fun at, including GameStop’s reputation for paying very little for used video games. Wrote one, “Wow GameStop! I got your stock and now it’s over $330! GameStop: I’ll give you $12 for it.”

Wrote another, “I’m a GameStop trader too but I must be doing something wrong… I gave them my xBox, controller, and all my games and all I got was a $15 gift card.”

Me: wow GameStop! I got your stock and now it’s over $330!

GameStop: I’ll give you $12 for it

— Alexis Guerreros (@NotAlexis)

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I’m a GameStop trader too but I must be doing something wrong..

I gave them my xbox, controller, and all my games and all I got was a $15 gift card

— Jamie Wilde ☕ (@jamiekaywilde)

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Storm the stock market, they can’t GameStop us all

— Maddy ☻ (@TheirMaddesty)

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(That last one makes more sense if you remember the .)

— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis)

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Piling on Robinhood 

People had plenty to say about barring users from investing in stocks including GameStop’s. It’s and other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. And one user has demanding Robinhood pay damages to affected users and reinstate GameStop on the service. 

Some reactions centered on the perceived irony of the platform’s name. “Robin Hood wouldn’t like what you’ve done Robinhood,” one Twitter user wrote.

Hey I mean this in the thickest Boston accent possible… UP YOURS!!!!!’

— richard laviola (@OGginge)

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I was in Robinhood once. Glad I got out when I did.

— Dalono? That’s not a real name (@IKnowItRhymes)

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Robinhood be like

— Wall Street Wrecker (@WreckWallStreet)

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ROBIN HOOD WOULDN’T LIKE WHAT YOU’VE DONE ROBINHOOD!

— Santa Decides (@SantaDecides)

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Stocking up

Many admitted that stock market manipulations weren’t exactly their superpower, but they were still plenty entertained by the whole situation.

“I have no idea what this GameStop thing is but I plan on playing a lot of video games to find out,” wrote one Twitter user. 

Wrote another, “OK, explain this GameStop story to me like I’m an idiot: They’re plumbers who race Go Karts against a dinosaur and a princess?”

I have no idea what this GameStop thing is but I plan on playing a lot of video games to find out

— Igor Prediksi HK Bobic (@igorbobic)

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Okay explain this GameStop story to me like I’m an idiot: they’re plumbers who race Go Karts against a dinosaur and a princess?

— Matt Goldich (@MattGoldich)

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Just bought a single share of GameStop in keeping with my personality as the person who arrives way too late to the party with a single beer.

— Lauren Bans (@LaurenBans)

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Me pretending to understand the stock market in order to partake in the GameStop memes

— arianna (@mrtaytoofficial)

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prayers for girls whose boyfriends just said “should i try to short the gamestop stock” despite not knowing what a 401k is

— rebecca jennings (@rebexxxxa)

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Like a video game with multiple stages, the GameStop saga is continuing, so stay tuned.

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