Tbh- although some of the jokes I’ve seen are funny, at least- the “smug anime girl Wendy’s” meme has rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning.
For one thing it feels a little like… corporate glorification? Good old relatable Wendy’s, our moe friend, Wendy’s did nothing wrong uwu! Like don’t get me wrong, Wendy’s is probably my favorite fast food place… Because I like the food there better than McDonald’s or whatever, and I have to eat sometimes. I have no illusions of being all buddy-buddy with the company, and I feel like this recent trend of making corporations memey and “relatable” (whether intentionally done by the company or not) to make them feel more down-to-earth and likeable is creepy and almost a little brainwashy.
But more importantly, smug anime girl Wendy’s feels just like the kind of anime, and the kind of character, that caters to perverted male otaku by sexualizing either actual underage characters, or characters intentionally made to look and act like children.
(Think Tsukasa Hiiragi, with her childlike appearance, innocent and helpless personality that’s vaguely reminiscent of Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girl, high voice, and constant “onee-chan”. Possibly a bad example considering she’s 16 and thus actually underage, but obviously I tend to avoid that kind of anime, so she’s the best I can think of.)
Especially considering the Wendy’s mascot is supposed to be 8 years old, it’s Bad, fam. Granted, I don’t think most people who draw smug anime girl Wendy’s know this, or that they’re even really intended to be the same character, but in either case it still comes back to the whole “selling sexualized little girls to male otaku” thing, so it’s creepy regardless.
I know that at the end of the day for a lot of people it’s still just a fun, silly meme, and I know there are plenty of people who like it or contribute to it without having creepy intentions. I’m not trying to single anyone out or say “If you like smug anime girl Wendy’s you’re bad”, but in the end, the general concept overall just does not sit well with me.