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Memes Rule Everything Around Me: 'Ed, Edd n Eddy's' Rolf Stares Into The Soul Of The Internet
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Okayplayer is the source for black culture. Music, movies, television, politics — and now — memes. We all share them; we all love them. In our new franchise series, "Memes Rule Everything Around Me," we'll be exploring some of the most popular black memes currently dominating the internet. In the foreseeable future, we'll have artists and figures within the Okayplayer family speak on their favorite black memes of the moment too. But until then, Okayplayer welcomes you to "Memes Rule Everything Around Me."
Memes — especially black memes — are an integral part of internet culture. The deconstruction of a photo, song, or video into a viral joke happens every second online, with users able to choose from countless hilarious memes, as well as add their own take on them too.
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The latest black meme to take over social media? The Ed, Edd n Eddy Rolf meme. Surely, you've seen it: a still shot of Rolf, the self-proclaimed "son of a shepherd," staring thoughtfully out of what appears to be a window.
\u201cYo whoever started this Rolf meme was quick asl \ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02 #rolfmemes\u201d— ART OF MULTIREALM (@ART OF MULTIREALM) 1536809850
The image is taken from this scene, where it reveals that Rolf isn't actually looking out of a window but his shed. The clip is so quick and subtle though, that it's a little surprising it's now social media's meme of the moment.
Although it's difficult to pin down who first made this meme, the person to first draw Rolf as black was an artist by the name of Elijah Rutland. Rutland, a student at Florida A&M University, posted the drawing on Twitter September 5.
\u201cPeople really out here thinking that I make free art....\u201d— Elijah Rutland (@Elijah Rutland) 1536186025
Then, it took off.
"The next thing I knew, people were sharing it and editing it with new skin tones, hairstyles, and captions, so all of this is new to me because I've never had anything that has gone viral before," Rutland said to BuzzFeed.
Initially, Rutland was happy about seeing his art go viral, but then he saw countless people reposting the image without giving him credit.
"They'd post it from their page and get way more attention than I did when I was the one who created it, so that kinda got under my skin for the first few days, and since then I've been getting tagged and DMs from people all over who are showing me when my work was reposted, so that has been great," Rutland said.
Rolf has been transformed into a Wendy's employee, Smokey (Chris Tucker's Friday character), Goku (from Dragon Ball Z), a black woman, Ghost (from Power), and more. He's even been made into Permit Patty, the name given to a white woman who called the cops on a young black girl for selling water in San Francisco.
\u201cAyyyooo y\u2019all crazy lol\u201d— brandon / jinx / big jinx (@brandon / jinx / big jinx) 1536704950
\u201cCAN YALL STOP???? \ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\udc80\ud83d\udc80\u201d— K. (@K.) 1536634548
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\u201cMan y\u2019all gotta stop with the Rolf memes!! I\u2019m dying over here! \ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23\u201d— Taylor F, No Blue Check Mark (@Taylor F, No Blue Check Mark) 1536806453
There was even this brilliant crossover moment, where Rolf and Squidward watch a jubilant Spongebob and Patrick from a window in Squidward's house. If you're not familiar with the Squidward meme, it comes from the Spongebob Squarepants episode "That Sinking Feeling," which was released in 2010. However, the scene didn't become a meme until 2013, courtesy of this Tumblr post from Heliolisk.
Cartoon Network hasn't seemed to take notice of the meme, save for the Canadian Twitter account for the kids channel.
\u201cwhat\u2019s your fav rolf meme?\u201d— Cartoon Network \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 (@Cartoon Network \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6) 1536723679
There has been a handful of Rolf memes to hit the internet before this one. He's been the punchline for weed memes, as well as the focus of other Ed, Edd n Eddy memes. At the moment, a Google search of Ed, Edd n Eddy will result in numerous Rolf memes.
Rolf was always one of the more fascinating characters from Ed, Edd n Eddy, the mystery surrounding his background and culture informed by his mannerisms and even some traditional — and very, very violent — dances. So it's nice to see him getting the acknowledgment he deserves — even if he gets transformed into Young Dolph in the process.
Aside from Ralf, other popular memes have been circling the Internet too. Check them out below.