The phrase You Wouldn’t Get It refers to a quote from the famous movie, Joker, which aired in 2019. The quote would later become a popular reaction image macro meme.
In one scene, the main protagonist, Arthur Fleck, responds to his therapist by saying the line.
Around the middle of October 2019, the phrase quickly gained popularity online due to its versatility. In the images, the line of the therapist is usually changed to something else, to which the response is always “You Wouldn’t Get It.”
Joker, the American psychological thriller, premiered in the United States on October 4th, 2019.
In the final scene, the character Arthur Fleck (aka. Joker), played by Joaquin Phoenix, says the phrase as a response to his therapist’s question.
During the interview, he starts giggling out of nowhere about a joke he thought about. After the psychiatrist asks about it, he responds with the now famous catchphrase “You Wouldn’t Get It”.
The earliest known meme was posted on Reddit by the user losteggwhites, to the subreddit r/Kanye. Over a couple of days, the post gained over 4,100 upvotes, marking the beginning of a newfound internet trend.
The line inspired many to create funny content for the internet, mainly in the form of reaction memes.
However, the format didn’t start significantly spreading until a Redditor, Zucc2020, posted a meme featuring the screenshot of the movie on October 18th, 2019. In the following two weeks, the post received over 38,500 upvotes.
After this, the meme, as well as the standalone catchphrase became widely referenced and posted online, on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as forums and message boards, including Reddit and 4chan.
“You Wouldn’t Get It” also became a popular meme on YouTube, appearing as a reaction in parody and meme videos.
The online reverence of Joker, especially tied to Sigma Male memes, led to the further spread of the meme, making it a classic.
- Meming Wiki – You Wouldn’t Get It