A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 05, 2022
“We all blame society, but we are society”

"We (all) blame society, but we are society” is a saying that has been printed on many images.

English sing Geri Halliwell (who was “Ginger Spice” of the Spice Girls) appeared on the television interview show Parkinson with Michael Parkinson on January 8, 1999. Halliwell said:

“My philosophy is, we all blame society, but we are society. We have the power, you and I, to make a difference.”

The saying became popular on Twitter in 2011, possibly independently of this interview. “yeah we do, so we blame society, but we are society” was posted on Twitter by ChadHappens on April 24, 2011. “we blame society but we are society” was posted on Twitter by clip on July 4, 2011. “RT @_thuggishkitty: We all blame Society but WE are society” was posted on Twitter by B.A.S.E on September 20, 2011. “We all blame society but we are society” was posted on Twitter by Kami Sasori 馃枻馃 on December 13, 2011. “We blame society, but we are society” was posted on Twitter by Jenna Viktoria on December 14, 2011.

“We blame society, but we are society”—without “all”—is the more popular form. This meme (shown in 2013) possibly popularized it.


Wikipedia: Geri Halliwell
Geraldine Estelle Horner (n茅e Halliwell; born 6 August 1972), is an English singer, songwriter, author, actress, and philanthropist. She rose to prominence in the 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of the girl group the Spice Girls. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, the Spice Girls are the best-selling female group of all time. Their slogan “girl power” was most closely associated with Halliwell, and her Union Jack dress from the 1997 Brit Awards also became an enduring symbol. Halliwell left the Spice Girls in 1998, citing exhaustion and creative differences, but rejoined when they reunited in 2007.

Parkinson
Episode #13.1
Episode aired Jan 8, 1999
S13 E1
Stars: Michael Parkinson Dawn French Geri Horner

YouTube
Geri Halliwell - Parkinson Interview 1999
Jul 28, 2018
In Walked Louise
The rather eloquent, chatty ball of energy that is Geri Halliwell talks to Michael Parkinson about what lead her to leave the Spice Girls, as well as her background prior to joining the group.
15:40
“My philosophy is, we all blame society, but we are society. We have the power, you and I, to make a difference.”

Google Groups: alt.music.spice-girls
I’M GONNA MEET GERI!! Seriously
Trevor Ashman
Apr 6, 1999, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
“ My philosphy is, we all blame society, but we are society, we have the power you and I to make a difference “ -A inspirational quote taken from Geri’s interview with Michael Parkinson, and just 1 reason why I think she is wonderful.

29 April 1999, Dayton (OH) Daily News, “Other Voices” by Sandra Wheeler, pg. 14A:
We blame society, but we are society. We all blame the government, but we are the government.

Twitter
ChadHappens
@ChadHappens
Replying to @chadstanton
@chadstanton yeah we do, so we blame society, but we are society. Takes societal norms time to change, we werent always this way (i think)
3:38 PM 路 Apr 24, 2011路Twitter for Mac

Twitter
Whitney
@whitneypatrice_
People always wanna blame society for shit, but often forget that WE are society. If you want something to change, it has to start with you.
4:18 PM 路 Jun 23, 2011路TweetCaster for Android

Twitter
clip
@b_nanaclip
we blame society but we are society
4:58 AM 路 Jul 4, 2011路Mobile Web

Twitter
B.A.S.E
@TrillvilleMillz
RT @_thuggishkitty: We all blame Society but WE are society.
7:10 AM 路 Sep 20, 2011路UberSocial for BlackBerry

Twitter
KiarraNicole
@kiarranicole
Why do we blame society foreverything when we are society… Gues were to scared to blame our self
1:09 PM 路 Oct 5, 2011路Twitter SMS

Twitter
Badu
@callmemaalah
Why blame society when we ARE society ?
10:36 PM 路 Dec 6, 2011路Twitter for BlackBerry庐

Twitter
Chamieka (thesnacksack.org) 馃崕
@Miekaaaa
People always wanna blame society for shit, but often forget that WE are society. If you want something to change, it has to start with you.
10:39 AM 路 Dec 12, 2011路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Kami Sasori 馃枻馃
@FoolyCoooly
We all blame society but we are society
4:08 PM 路 Dec 13, 2011路Scope App

Twitter
Tyler Dencker
@T_Danks_
#TrueTweet RT @jaajajaclynn: we all blame society, but we are society
4:17 PM 路 Dec 13, 2011路Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
margarita
@maggzcampos
We All Blame Society , But We ARE Society .
5:20 PM 路 Dec 13, 2011路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jenna Viktoria
@_jENNAxBAByy
We blame society, but we are society.
10:14 PM 路 Dec 14, 2011路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Kayce
@KaycelooXD
We blame society, but we ARE society.
5:16 PM 路 Dec 15, 2011路Samsung Mobile

Twitter
laurrrrr
@LaurenSenechal
We blame society, but we are society.
5:43 PM 路 Dec 15, 2011路Twitter Web Client

The CSJE Blog (April 9, 2013)
We blame society, but we are society by Wimer Alberto
In early January of 2013 I saw someone post the following picture on Instagram.

("We blame society, but we are society” is shown over a photo of New York City.—ed.)

I do not know who created the image or how it began circulating around the Internet. Regardless of its origins, the image resonated with me.

Reddit—Askphilosophy
Posted by u/ChiefWilliam July 16, 2014
Selfishness
Would agree that all humans are inherently selfish? In addition to this, would you say that all humans are guilty of everything that goes on in our society so long as they are not a direct victim? This would go along with the phrase “We blame society, but we are society.”

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/awesomehuder November 14, 2016
we blame society but we are society

Reddit—Quotes
Posted by u/kingjackal7 March 21, 2020
鈥淲e blame society but we are society鈥
COMMENTS
The-Wizard-of-Oz-
Who said it?
kingjackal7
Good question

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/[deleted] November 17, 2021
We blame society but we are society

Twitter
conspiracybot
@conspiracyb0t
We blame society,
but we are society
12:02 PM 路 May 4, 2022路conspiracyb0t

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