National Hate Phoebe Day

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Don't worry, all 'Friends' fans! No one actually hates Phoebe Buffay! Welcome to our deep-dive into the curious case of the National Hate Phoebe Day, a short-lived hashtag fad that tried and failed (spectacularly) to cast a shadow over our beloved quirky character. Buckle up for this amusing tour down memory lane!

When is Hate Phoebe Day?

It's national hate phoebe day on the 9th November.

The Day That Nearly Was

Despite its controversial name, National Hate Phoebe Day doesn't bear any actual malice towards the 'Friends' character Phoebe Buffay. Recorded at its peak on November 9th, 2015, with a whole 5 mentions across the internet, National Hate Phoebe Day ultimately failed to put even a dent in the popularity of everyone's favourite vegetarian guitarist.

The Real Story

The real story behind National Hate Phoebe Day is likely more about Internet humor gone awry than any actual dislike for Phoebe. Perhaps all it took was one misinterpreted 'smelly cat' joke or an unappreciated ode to 'lobsters'. Whatever the initial cause, this day was quickly relegated to the forgotten wasteland of the Internet, as the beloved Friends character continues to charm fans worldwide.

Phoebe Forever

Rarely serious and always unpredictable, Phoebe's unique brand of free-spirited ‘weirdness' lives on. So let's celebrate the unintentional humor this brief internet fad brought, because, in the end, the real 'National Phoebe Day' is any day we enjoy watching our favourite episodes and appreciating Phoebe for her quirks and more.

History behind the term 'Hate Phoebe'


The Birth of 'Hate Phoebe'

In 2005, the term 'Hate Phoebe' emerged as an online phenomenon. It originated on the internet forum Something Awful, where users were discussing the popular television show 'Friends.' The term was coined to describe a particular feeling of annoyance or dislike towards the character Phoebe Buffay, portrayed by Lisa Kudrow. It quickly gained traction within the online community and became a catchy phrase used to express disdain for the character.


Expanding Beyond Online Forums

By 2006, 'Hate Phoebe' had spread beyond the confines of Something Awful and started appearing on various other online platforms. Memes and image macros mocking Phoebe Buffay began circulating on websites such as 4chan and Reddit, fueling the popularity of the term. The character's quirky personality and unique mannerisms made her an easy target for humorous content, leading to an increasing number of people using the term 'Hate Phoebe' to express their amusement or mild aversion to the character.


Mainstream Pop Culture References

Around 2010, 'Hate Phoebe' made its way into mainstream pop culture. Television shows and movies started referencing the term, acknowledging the widespread phenomenon of people expressing their dislike for the Phoebe Buffay character. This cultural recognition further solidified the term's influence and ensured its longevity in popular discourse.


Enduring Legacy

Despite the passage of time, 'Hate Phoebe' continues to be recognized as a significant part of internet and television history. The term's enduring legacy is a testament to the impact of online communities in shaping cultural discourse and the power of a collective sense of humor. It serves as a reminder of how seemingly small phenomena can capture the attention of millions and become embedded in popular culture.

Did you know?

Did you know? Phoebe Buffay, the character at the center of this misnamed 'national day', is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. She got this trait from the actress who played her, Lisa Kudrow, who is also a vegetarian.


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9th November 2015

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