Your Honour, I Think You’ll Find Gen Z Would Be Amazing In The Courtroom

People on TikTok and Twitter are predicting what our generation will be like as lawyers and in the courtroom and, your honour, I think you’ll find we’d be great—PERIODT.

After making self-deprecating jokes about a possible World War 3—which, uh, given the state of the world looks more and more likely—Karens choosing to ignore v important social distancing measures and wear a fucking face mask during a global pandemic that’s infected, according to the John Hopkins University of Medicine, at least 17 million—and world leaders, we’re moving on to taking the fight for justice in our own hands. And, ofc, doing it the best way our gen knows how: by the power of memes and internet slang.

The idea seems to have come from TikTok user Ty McCullars, who shared a video of himself asking “can you guys fill the comments with what Gen-Z lawyers would say please[?]” The clip was only shared on the 30th of July but within 24 hours had been viewed by nearly eight million and full of nearly 180,000 claims that, actually, your honour, ya reachin’.

@ty.mccullars

I LIVE FOR THISSSSS “no❤️ just no❤️” BAHAHHAHAHAHHA

♬ original sound – kekewalk

The comments to the above clip are made up of mashups of classic Gen Z slang and idioms… only in the context of big fanchy schmancy courtroom shenanigans.

“She been problematic your honour, this ain’t her first time being cancelled,” wrote one future prosecutor, perhaps referring to controversial rapper Doja Cat who was just recently “cancelled” on Twitter.

“Your honour, the defendant is lying but you’re not ready for that conversation,” commented another.

As “spicypenis_” sees it, “it’s the lack of evidence for me.” For another, “it was the lack of effort in hiding the body.” But, “trippiereddsmyboyfriend,” if their client is found guilty and sentenced, they guarantee they’ll “manifest you outta prison ❤️”

These memes quickly trickled into Twitter and Instagram and are now becoming the new big meme.

Others are hopping onto the trend on TikTok, reading out these memes and even acting them out (sometimes quite awkwardly).

@thedopestzambian

Twitter courthouse 😂 The CC is I’m reading the tweets behind me 👍🏾 [Me as a lawyer] #manifestation #thegagis #MyBFF #comedy #viral

♬ original sound – thedopestzambian
@rreygrande

comment some more yall!! ib: the comments under @ty.mccullars video #genz #foryou #fyp #viral #viralvideo #foru #4upage #4u #genzaslawyers

♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod

Whether you think ‘Gen Z as lawyers’ is a brilliant new meme or just par of the course of 2020, considering the way our gen pushes for social justice, reducing carbon emissions and other climate policies, and leading the charge to end the systemic racism, we’d be excellent lawyers, your honour. And that’s that on that. No cap and all tea.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.