Best Examples Of The I'm Only Human Meme On TikTok
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Best Examples Of The I'm Only Human Meme On TikTok

Zoe Kramer February 23, 2023

You might have seen the I’m Only Human meme make an appearance on your For Your Page, or happened across it elsewhere on the internet. It has become a huge hit on TikTok lately — so much so that the tag #imonlyhumanafterall has a whopping 37.8 million views. But what exactly makes these videos so popular? Here is everything you need to know about this meme along with some of the best examples.

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The I’m Only Human After All Meme Explained

The I’m Only Human After All meme features a few essential components. It features a greenscreen clip of a performer singing a song with the lyrics “I’m only human after all, don’t put the blame on me.” The clip is superimposed over a number of different backgrounds, and then a caption is added. The background is usually related to the caption. The text part of the meme contextualises the lyrics by describing a scenario where someone is doing something that definitely warrants blame, but they’re brushing it off since they’re “only human.” While the scenarios are (probably) exaggerated for the most part, there’s a self awareness to how absurd it is to claim no responsibility for causing trouble.

However, like all memes, some posters find humor in subverting the formula. Seeing a caption that is unexpected for the meme can add a whole new layer of comedy. Some superimpose the greenscreen clip over absurd locations, or take a literal meaning to the lyrics.

What Is The I’m Only Human TikTok Song?

The audio featured in this trend is the song “Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man, from the album also entitled “Human.” The song was release back in 2016 and became quite popular, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. The video clip featured in the meme is from the music video for the song.

Best Examples Of The I’m Only Human Meme

Of course, no matter how much you understand a meme on a conceptual level, there’s no better way to really get it than to see it for yourself. Here are some of the funniest examples of how the format has been used. You can see an evolution from the original premise of blameworthy scenarios to relatable versions and renditions that are simply absurd. Each brings something unique and different to the meme.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.