It is most fitting that 2015, a year that has seen a belligerent, orange-faced reality TV star lead the race for the highest office in our would-be great country, is ending with a debate about dogs wearing pants.
What is the proper way for a dog to wear pants? Shouldn’t all four of his or her legs be covered when he or she puts on a pair of trousers? Shouldn’t he or she have the option of wearing a skirt?
These pressing questions have gripped more than twenty thousand social media users since Maxim’s Jared Keller tweeted an image of the dogs-wearing-pants dilemma to his 24,000 followers: one dog in a blue pants-onesie situation, wherein all four legs were covered; and another dog wearing equally impractical blue trousers over his back legs only, cinched at his doggy waist.
As if Donald Trump’s science fiction-like presidential campaign isn’t proof enough that 2015 has been The Year When Nothing Mattered, the Internet has given us viral canine trousers to ponder through its end.
Indeed, with little else to busy ourselves with besides thwarted terrorists, the fugitive “Affluenza” teen, and reflective year-end stories, dozens of major media outlets have waded into this debate, with many now declaring that there is no debate because there is only one style of dog pants that doesn’t look totally absurd.
It should be noted that countless Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit users were up all night exchanging barbed comments about this anthropomorphic quandary. (Needless to say, many are still bemused by stick figure drawings of dogs in blue pants).
Of course, the fact that this discussion exists in the first place is far more amusing than the actual issue at hand: Dogs wearing pants, people.
But if there’s anything that we’ve learned from The Year When Nothing Mattered, Donald Trump, dog pants, and other absurdities really do matter. May these issues be less relative—and less relevant—in 2016.