The words “modern problems require modern solutions” are by Dave Chappelle. He is a US-based stand-up comedian. People have adapted these words to post about problems they face in reality.
With the onset of the 21st century, many societal problems started coming up. Redditor Imthatguy25 is the guy behind the joke format. He has always been a fan of Chappelle’s Show.
However, he thinks the meme hit because of Dave’s popularity, and therefore, they derived its potential of exploding the internet. It is also due to the simplicity of the meme. Also, it is because of the fact that the meme can easily be shared on Instagram and Reddit.
Redditor Imthatguy25 was the first to post dark humor with Chapelle’s photo attached and the catchphrase. That was back in December 2018. From then it evolved as per the user who posted it. They all address current affairs.
The original clip played by Dave was first aired on 21st January 2004.That show was also aired in other countries apart from the US. It ran for 28 episodes, from January 2003 to July 2006.
The United Nations Foundations in January pointed out the issues to be addressed in this year 2020 to include humanitarian crises, inequality in the society, and climate change.