Also included in this month’s memes roundup: “I’m gonna tell my kids this was” and Baby Yoda.
Another month, another Memes Rule Everything Around Me. Last month was dominated by Paul Rudd’s “look at us” meme, which came from his appearance on Complex’s Hot Ones series. This month, Rudd has been succeeded by several different memes, with the most notable of them arguably this image of a woman yelling at a cat.
Upon an initial viewing, it seems as if this woman is actually yelling at a cat. Turns out the meme comes from two separate sources: a still of Taylor Armstrong, a star on the reality TV series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and a still of the white cat Smudge.
The latter was already a meme prior to this. On June 19, 2018, Tumblr user deadbefordeath shared the image of Smudge that we’ve all come to recognize love: the white cat looking confused and slightly agitated as it sits at a dinner table.
“he no like vegetals,” is what deadbefordeath titled the post with, the entry gaining over 50,000 likes reblogs over the next year.
According to Smudge’s owner, a 24-year-old sculptor named Miranda, the cat always has a chair at their dinner table.
“If he doesn’t have a chair for some reason, he will jump onto someone else’s chair when they’re not there,” Miranda explained to Bored Panda. “The picture happened because he took someones seat at the table, and I guess he didn’t like what we were having for dinner!”
The cat now has its own Instagram page.
As for the source of Armstrong’s picture, it comes from a scene from the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she screams “You don’t know what she’s done to me” on the deck of a Malibu mansion while everyone holds her back.
Armstrong and Smudge were first paired together by Twitter user @Missingegirl, who shared the following caption with the meme back on May 1, 2019: “These photos together is making me lose it.”
These photos together is making me lose it pic.twitter.com/kJi9d8MpbG
— bestgirl (@MISSINGEGIRL) May 1, 2019
Fast-forward to November and it has since become a popular meme, where Armstrong is captioned as misunderstanding something Smudge said.
You said you Bitch i said im
weren’t affectionate. not gon hold u pic.twitter.com/V1o04Ikm6I
— anToni Kukoč (@Ant__Stones) November 6, 2019
One tweet even brought the meme to life, using the actual footage from Armstrong’s Housewives scene and photoshopping her and Smudge into a Popeyes restuarant.
I hate the internet sometimes lmaooo pic.twitter.com/Rk9MoskhaP
— Lance 🇱🇨 (@_Kinglrg) November 8, 2019
Armstrong has responded to the meme multiple times on Twitter. The earliest responses occurred back in October when Taylor quote-tweeted a tweet from The Daily Dot about the meme.
“BTW ‘woman yelling at a cat’ is me,'” Armstrong wrote.
BTW “woman yelling at a cat” is me https://t.co/Gevxe5LQ1B
— Taylor Armstrong (@TaylorArmstrong) October 27, 2019
In November, she received controversy for responding to Donald Trump Jr.‘s use of the meme, which he used to call out Democrats.
“I declare it officially viral when it hits @WhiteHouse level,” Armstrong tweeted while mentioning Jr. and Donald Trump.
She then faced backlash, with one user even writing to her, “I wouldn’t be too proud of this.”
I wouldn’t be to proud of this @TaylorArmstrong
— Reality TV Bitch (@RealityTVBitch1) November 23, 2019
“It’s not something I’m ‘proud’ of sweetie. It’s out there and I can laugh at the captions or cry about the fact that it was a tough time in my life. I’ve moved so far past that experience so, I choose laughter. You should too! :),” Armstrong said in response.
It’s not something I’m “proud” of sweetie. It’s out there and I can laugh at the captions or cry about the fact that it was a tough time in my life. I’ve moved so far past that experience so, I choose laughter. You should too! 🙂 https://t.co/2CDHXAsvqY
— Taylor Armstrong (@TaylorArmstrong) November 23, 2019
Despite this, the meme continues to be popular. But it now shares its popularity with another well-received meme — the “I’m gonna tell my kids this was” meme.
Just as brilliant as it is ridiculous, this meme is centered around someone captioning the wrong name to an image of a person or thing based upon a superficial similarity between the name and the image. Take the picture below, for example.
Imma tell my kids this was the wiggles pic.twitter.com/dKFuve0mRY
— three 6 gothia (@luhshawnays) November 26, 2019
Get it? Yeah, sure, the Teletubbies didn’t have five members (nor did it have an orange-ish member). But you still get the gist.
The earliest example of this meme seems to have been from September 19, 2019, when Twitter user @Wake_n_Bacon captioned this image of Dragon Ball Z‘s Mr. Popo with the following: “I gonna tell my kids in 2055 that this was Justin Trudeau.” (This is a reference to Justin Trudeau‘s blackface controversy that occurred that same month.)
I gonna tell my kids in 2055 that this was Justin Trudeau pic.twitter.com/7u760IU8qf
— 🌏🌹🔻Lil.Brutus🔻🌹 🌍 (@MyMeatIsMids) September 19, 2019
Now, there’s a handful of different versions of the meme, with users pairing Isaac Newton with Future, Stephen Hawking with Young Thug, and others.
I’m telling my grandchildren this was Mozart pic.twitter.com/Id8YS7uo7e
— Alexis Littlefoot (@YungLittlefoot) November 19, 2019
Telling my kids this was Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/6xjiBhhHSo
— yanit (@yanitmesfin) November 18, 2019
i’m telling my kids this was the apollo 11 crew pic.twitter.com/zbIOmVwk1x
— conny not connie🐱 (@constancesb1) November 14, 2019
And, lastly, how could we forget the lil vs big memes, where people share images of themselves as a baby alongside what they look like now? How the trend transformed into a meme was courtesy of model and artist Chandler Cosey. Cosey shared a picture of himself as a child and as a young adult accompanied with the caption, “Lil Chan vs Big Chan.” The former image shows Cosey being held by Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. It’s this image in particular that Twitter users focused on, with people playfully calling the picture a “historical flex.”
Lil Chan vs Big Chan pic.twitter.com/P0BltGh8l6
— chan (@lovechvn) November 19, 2019
“The photo was taken in August 1996 I was around one and a half years old,” Cosey explained to the Detroit Metro Times in a recent interview. “The event was a civil rights activist dinner I believe and it was taken by Monica Morgan a photographer from Detroit.”
Since then, others have followed in suit, their baby pictures often showing them being held by a celebrity or public figure of note.
redoing it. lil zi vs big zi pic.twitter.com/qNUBdrFvmJ
— zi glizzy🔋 (@zeekaybee) November 26, 2019
Let me flex on y’all real quick
Lil May vs Big May pic.twitter.com/CUNK5gZosG
— may (@MaylynMedrano) November 27, 2019
— Keysha Sade (@BlasianFashxion) November 27, 2019
Lil Barry Big Barry pic.twitter.com/KHPwoFLiGd
— ͏ ͏… (@BarryTaylorII) November 24, 2019
Well, there you have it, the biggest memes of November. And, of course, some honorable mentions can be checked out below.
When they open up a new TSA security line after they just let you through. pic.twitter.com/nvsId6aFKf
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 25, 2019
Me watching my husband cook a bomb 4-course meal while I stand there with my spatchy-spatch ready to stir something pic.twitter.com/FiVErtJyat
— Capri ❁ (@iCaprii) November 26, 2019
Throw in the air challenge
Twerking to underground rap music
— Ahmed🇸🇴/Official A&R for OVO Records (@big_business_) November 26, 2019
— Tan Tebow (@izTariq) November 25, 2019
— Kee🗽 (@Kee_Bully19) November 26, 2019