Seriously. What happens when a family goes on national television to complain about inflation by asking how they’ll afford the precious 12 gallons of milk they drink each week? Hint: Twitter goes apeshit with the meme machine and we all have some cookies.
It’s not that people are unsympathetic to the woes of inflation. Everyone is feeling the full-court press of rising costs while simultaneously grappling with stagnant wages and a woeful lack of dead-rich-uncle windfalls. It’s a hard time for most (not you, rich people), which is why trolling strangers on Twitter is technically the only thing keeping this Republic afloat. But the story of one Texas family exposing their ungodly milk habit is the hilariously absurd reality of where inflation and runaway consumerism collide. Here’s the scoop.
CNN visited the home of Krista and Larry Stotler, who, with their 9 kids are somehow supposed to represent the average middle-class family’s struggle with inflation. The Stotlers invited camera crews on a weekly trip to the grocery store to show how the rising cost of goods is threatening their tenuous lifestyle (which was already skating on razor-thin margins because of the pool and stylish red cups). This slice of life setup had the sympathy machine purring nicely when out of nowhere, the Stotlers revealed their mammoth milk intake.
And of course, the buttermilk bombshell was the perfect setup for Twitter to do some serious dunking. And boy, did the Stotlers get creamed.
The segment’s host Evan McMorris-Santoro (who has about as much on-camera charisma as a wax statue), jumped on Twitter to berate the trolls poking fun at the Stotler family’s dairy woes. And while he’s right that the middle-class is being gutted, the future is looking dicey for average Americans, and inflation is a bitch, he may have picked the wrong family to illustrate his point.
Hey, we’re not taking sides here. But Twitter sure is. So open up that gullet and get ready to chug some milk memes care of the Texas Stotlers.
Lot of people hating online but I buy 12 gallons of milk a week for my Sunday Chocolate Milk Bath and it feels great! pic.twitter.com/FmMgyXOPNx
— ??, fka ☕️ (@coopercooperco) November 4, 2021
The Stotlers are not representative of a middle class family in America. Because no average middle class family can afford to buy 48 gallons of milk a month while having a deck and pool in the backyard. I’m tired of the media giving white people space to complain about nothing.
— MoneybaggHo (@KirkWrites79) November 4, 2021
The Stotlers enjoy milkshakes. Nothing wrong with that. 48 gallons of milk a month seems appropriate for that end. https://t.co/speXOMPicz
— noah kulwin (@nkulw) November 4, 2021
Making my weekly milk delivery to the Stotlers pic.twitter.com/fVxfkhpVvJ
— future canon (@futurecanon) November 4, 2021
The Stotlers need this milk because as petty kings living in the borderlands, they need to demonstrate their status through feasts and food https://t.co/TUdPdjGmIg
— Tenochtitlan YIMBY ⛈ (@broom_error) November 4, 2021
Some people are snickering a the Stotlers like they’ve never heard of the Ocean of Milk which the Devas and the Asuras churned to produce the nectar of immortality and other treasures. https://t.co/wKWkZLdmtq
— Adrian (@blagojevism) November 4, 2021
Gonna be a good day.
Got some writing done, worked out, and now I'm heading out to get 12 gallons of milk.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) November 4, 2021
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