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The Guts memes are dragging millenials hard

Olivia Rodrigo’s hotly-anticipated sophomore album Guts is finally here, and it absolutely does not disappoint. Much like its earth-shaking predecessor Sour, the album has absolutely zero skips and goes hard all the way through, from the perfect pop anthem “all-american bitch” to the final, self-referential track “teenage dream.” It’s a painful reckoning with coming of age in the age of West Elm Caleb, the Tinder Swindler, and the pandemic, and it’s no surprise that Gen Z listeners are finding the 12-track album infinitely relatable.

But the appeal isn’t confined to Gen Z alone: to absolutely no one’s surprise, millennials are also feeling seen by Rodrigo’s paean to self-consciousness and romantic mess. The only problem is, making us feel more than seen: it’s making us feel old.

No sooner did the album drop on Friday than the memes started pouring forth, likening millennial listeners vibing on Guts to Jamie Lee Curtis’s iconic Freaky Friday performances as a teen trapped in a middle-aged body. Honestly, we may be old on the outside, but emotionally we’re still 18 year olds. Drag us!

It just got sillier from there…

We are light as a feather and stiff as a board.

We may be old, but we still have feelings, ok? Big feelings.

Even Ja’mie, Private School Girl made a rare appearance.

It just goes to show, you’re never too old for mess.

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