You’ve no doubt seen the images on your feed of people sharing what they expect to look like in old age. That’s all because of FaceApp. And now, thanks to Mariah Cary, the meme, like so many others, it’s dead to us.
Basically, FaceApp takes a scan of your face and uses what the Russian company that developed it calls “neural network technology” to generate a realistic transformation. You can make yourself look old, make yourself look young, or even give yourself a beard. It’s a little bit curious that FaceApp has gone viral in 2019, when the app has already been around for over two years. But leave it to celebrities to popularize something that everyone else has already had a grip on.
Of course, while some celebs are into the meme, others, like Griffin Dunne and Katie Couric, have refused to give in to the viral temptation.
And perhaps most importantly, the reigning meme queen Mariah Carey refuses to even acknowledge FaceApp’s existence, thus rendering this entire trend over.
Just a couple of weeks ago, she put an end to the bottle cap challenge (that meme where everyone was going around kicking off the caps of bottles in sometimes extreme ways). Before that, she ended the “10-year challenge” meme. And over a year ago, when everyone was doing “If you don’t love me at my” meme, she ended that one too. Basically, once Mimi gets involved, a meme is over. Finished. Done. There’s no use in trying to swipe the cap off a bottle when the elusive chanteuse has already sung a cap off with that upper register of hers. There is also no use in continuing the FaceApp nonsense, either.
She is, after all, the same woman who does not acknowledge birthdays (they’re “anniversaries,” okay? Why, then, should anyone expect her to acknowledge an app that ages the face? It’s just not for her.