The 1980-founded American restaurant chain Applebee’s (sometimes referred to as Crapplebee’s in comedy) specializes on classic American fare such hamburgers, steak, spaghetti, and a delicacy they term “riblets.” Online, especially by shitposters, Applebee’s is frequently used as a stand-in for the shoddy nature of popular American cuisine and culture.
History Applebee’s meme
Bill and TJ Palmer established Applebee’s in Decatur, Georgia, in 1980. The business has 28,000 workers and 2,003 stores as of October 2015, the majority of which were in suburban America. The close-up views of sparkling food are a recurring motif in Applebee’s ads, which are a mainstay of American television and typically include a group of young people enjoying a meal as a voice-over describes the new dish or offer.
In the late 1990s, Applebee’s parodies initially gained popularity. An early illustration may be seen in the movie Office Space, which features Chotchkie’s, a spoof of Applebee’s. The setting for many well-known movie sequences is Chotchkie’s.
In a post titled “My error sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and food,” Applebee’s waitress Chelsea Welch, also known as “gateflan” on Reddit, posted a picture of a receipt that a patron had left for another server at the restaurant. Welch is a Saint Louis native. I give God 10%, why do you get 18? was written alongside the customer’s signature and was in reference to the compulsory 18% gratuity put on to groups of 8 or more. Welch clarified in the comments that the receipt was given for a table of 20, all of whom requested individual checks to prevent the automatic tip. 3599 total points and 12,861 upvotes were given to the post.
On May 29, 2013, a post captioned “If this receives 2,000 upvotes, /r/circlejerk will be an applebees themed subreddit” was posted to the shitposting subreddit /r/circlejerk. One upvote was given to the article, but on October 4th, 2015, another article with an Applebee’s theme was published “Oh no! Just recently, all Applebee’s locations prohibited John Cena and Bernie Sanders from dining there! This article will turn /r/circlejerk into an anti-subreddit Applebee’s if it receives 2000 up berns.” As of October 13th, 2015, this post by user BarbatisCollum has 3,425 points (95 percent upvotes), but by October 5th, the subreddit had taken on the “Anti- Applebee’s” theme, and people had started making many posts with Applebee’s themes.
The prominent Facebook shitposting group named “I play KORN to my DMT plants, smoke blunts all day, and do sex stuff” was one of the other shitposting communities where the topic caught on. On October 13th, there were over 375 posts on Applebee’s on /r/circlejerk.
Examples of Applebees memes