Elmo Presumably Left Traumatized After Innocently Asking Internet 'How Is Everybody Doing?'

Elmo didn't ask for a tour through the misery of present-day humanity but that's exactly what he got.

elmo is seen giving a speech
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elmo is seen giving a speech

A distinctly Elmo variety of existentialism leapt forward on social media this week.

In a harmless update shared to Twitter, a site I still and will likely always refuse to refer to as X, everyone's favorite cuddly red monster known for delivering third-person missives in an unmistakable falsetto rather innocently inquired about the general state of his nearly 450,000 followers.

"Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?" Elmo asked on Monday before most likely immediately regretting it.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone actively participating in God’s great experiment, i.e. humanity, that the answers to Elmo’s question painted a decidedly bleak picture.

Adding to the existential malaise and deeply embedded sense of unshakeable dread on Monday was how quickly a slew of brand accounts hopped into the action, thus effectively killing any fun to be had. Because even in 2024, apparently, we all have to suffer through brands behaving as though they are actual people on social media. Enough already.

At any rate, take a tour through our collective misery below.

hi elmo! wire me $100,000 right now or dorothy gets it https://t.co/C49nbpiDu9 pic.twitter.com/5ZT1teCTjO

— summer ♡ (@summerahrens) January 30, 2024
Twitter: @summerahrens

Elmo I'm gonna be real I am at my fucking limit https://t.co/ne78Qj4cQm

— Séamus Malekafzali (@Seamus_Malek) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @Seamus_Malek

Like this, Elmo. Thanks for asking. https://t.co/VWNymQ36d2 pic.twitter.com/eE8L6cboyf

— I Think You Should Parent 💦🥩+👕🙍‍♂️ (@ITYSLKids) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @ITYSLKids

Twitter: @Criminalsimpson

Twitter: @dionnewarwick

Twitter: @GrantGinder

Elmo each day the abyss we stare into grows a unique horror. one that was previously unfathomable in nature. our inevitable doom which once accelerated in years, or months, now accelerates in hours, even minutes.

however I did have a good grapefruit earlier, thank you for asking https://t.co/svATFv7ek8

— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @NifMuhammad

Elmo I’ve got to level with you baby we are fighting for our lives https://t.co/ZEhFy0yA08

— Nat Queen Coal 🪨💎 (@NatashaOladokun) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @NatashaOladokun

Me getting ready to trauma dump on Elmo https://t.co/deeCrnYieo pic.twitter.com/PwYNXYevGs

— Theo Gary (@TheoGary) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @TheoGary

I'm just looking for somebody to talk to and show me some love if you know what I mean https://t.co/J4ffrIwjEM

— T-Pain (@TPAIN) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @TPAIN

Elmo: asks a simple question

The entire internet: pic.twitter.com/VCFN3CvKoq https://t.co/ETxugAPg5l

— Mike T (@rhymeswithbeg) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @rhymeswithbeg

Elmo’s social media manager reading all the responses like
pic.twitter.com/QxFiryPVFX https://t.co/WtWz2NzxXe

— 👽brittny pierre🪩 (@sleep2dream) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @sleep2dream

Elmo later acknowledged the daunting nature of everyday life in 2024, saying he was "glad he asked" and vowing to check in on our embattled planet again "soon."

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At the very least, we can take solace in the fact that there's plenty of fucking incredible art being made. Let's focus on that instead.

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