Memes Rule Everything Around Me: Woman Yelling At A Cat, Lil Vs Big & More

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Memes Rule Everything Around Me: Woman Yelling At A Cat, Lil Vs Big & More
Source: Missingegirl
Memes Rule Everything Around Me: Woman Yelling At A Cat, Lil Vs Big & More

Source: Missingegirl

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.”

Fast-forward to November and it has since become a popular meme, where Armstrong is captioned as misunderstanding something Smudge said.

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.

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.

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.”

“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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.”

“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.

Well, there you have it, the biggest memes of November. And, of course, some honorable mentions can be checked out below.

Baby Yoda

Throw in the air challenge

Twerking to underground rap music

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