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She'd Better Work: The Best 'Do Your Job, Kim Davis' Memes

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What do Wonder Woman, Carla from Cheers, Velma from Scooby-Doo, Dana Scully from The X-Files, Queen Amidala from the Star Wars franchise, and even Fabio have in common? 

According to dozens of creative Internet memes, they’re not anything like Kim Davis: no matter what, they do their job. 

Attorneys for Davis say Monday is the day the Rowan County, Ky., clerk who went to jail last week rather than abide by orders from judges, Kentucky’s governor, and the U.S. Supreme Court returns to her job at the courthouse.

A federal judge released Davis Tuesday on the condition that she not interfere with her deputy clerks who have been complying with his order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her lawyers have refused to say whether she will comply; noncompliance puts her at risk of another contempt of court charge and a return to jail. 

So we wait and do our own jobs, while she sits at home reading fan mail, possibly drawing a salary despite not being at work. Maybe she's also reading The Advocate. 

Our first meme, by San Francisco-based graphic designer Shaun Osburn, is fast becoming the most popular Kim Davis entry. Even actress Gillian Anderson, who played FBI agent Dana Scully in The X-Files, retweeted his meme, with the comment “Brilliant!”


“As soon as I saw the notification from her on my phone I started crying. I was and still am a huge sci-fi and horror geek,” Osburn told Vocativ. “I had to run to the restroom at work to read it, because I knew I would cry. Even just a one-word response from her meant everything to my inner 12-year-old faggot nerd self.”

Another blast from the past meme popped up on Reddit and Imagur, featuring the reluctant Saint Nick substitute played by Tim Allen in the 1994 film The Santa Clause. 


The meme makers reached even further back to include Velma, the bespectacled lady who is the brains behind those "meddling kids" and their dog, Scooby-Doo:


Speaking of cartoons, here's a far more esoteric meme featuring Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most popular and influential Japanese artists and animators, who is frequently misquoted as saying anime was a mistake. 


Even everyone's favorite liberatarian TV character, Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman on NBC's Parks and Recreation, does his job — while eating red meat. 


Maggie Smith plays Hogwarts stalwart Minerva McGonagall, head of Gryffindor House, who she does her job to help Harry Potter from the beginning of his tale to the very end. 


The woman who redefined the role of M in the James Bond movies, Dame Judi Dench, has played her character as someone who can be relied upon to do her job or die trying. 


Could anyone blame Carla, played famously on TV's Cheers by Rhea Perlman, for not doing her job? After all, she hates her customers almost as much as she hates her job, but she does it. 


Queen Amidala, later to be known as senator of Naboo and mother to Luke and Leia, made some very questionable choices in headgear, hairstyle, makeup, and matrimony, but the character, played by Natalie Portman, still did her job. 


Take it from that Amazonian of the superhero comic book world, Wonder Woman: Her plane may be invisible, but her work ethic is easy to see. Lynda Carter, we love you!


Speaking of men and heroes, do they work any harder than Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford? After all, he did the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, which is ... nonsensical. But whatever, he worked! 


And when it comes to doing a job, nobody appreciates getting paid more than the Ghostbusters. They ain't afraid of no gays!


Finally, can you think of anyone who you'd rather work with or watch work than Fabio? Oh, that mane of his! It's like buttah!


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