I had dated a guy where something similar was happening. Met him on bumble and right away there were a couple of very stupid selfies with equally stupid memes or words embedded across them. I could see this was something he had to spend some time on to edit those pics and was put off immediately, but the rest of his profile was pretty good and other pics were good. So I gave him a shot.
He was sweet, smart, very attractive to me. We chatted, had a date or two. The time together was very nice. But then the meme selfies started coming directly to me via text.
The ones he sent via text also got raunchy and strange.
I honestly couldn't understand why he thought any of them were cute, funny, sexy, smart or appropriate. He seemed so intelligent, but this was just sooooo dumb. Who in his life would have ever encouraged this, put a like on one, or made him think this was a good idea? All of them gave about a 7th grade level intelligence and humor vibe.
When I said I didn't want to see him anymore, I used the memes as one of the reasons, and he was honestly shocked and baffled about it. I tried to explain hey we barely know each other and you're blasting me with all of these meme selfies and it just comes across as arrogant or that you want me to praise you or something. None of that made sense to him either. So I finally just had to say I'm sorry you don't seem to understand it but it is what it is. He was decent about the whole thing and would occasionally text me over the next couple of months and ask for another chance and I wouldn't reply.
WHY?????? How can there be such a disconnect between an obviously intelligent person and them doing something so stupid??