Six People Who Want Me Meme

March 7, 2024
David Sunnyside

Whether it's a legs-crossed Bernie Sanders at the Met Gala or Pedro Pascal trying to eat his sandwich, anyone can become a meme superstar. These social media icons became famous the second their snapshots were comically edited into a visual representation of society's general thoughts, feelings and experiences. But the Internet is a fickle place and can change one's life in the blink of an eye.

Memes are easy to understand if you've ever seen one before, as most of them feature some sort of expressive image and block text that describes a particular situation in a witty way. But some can be a bit more difficult to decipher. Some might be rooted in pop culture and others could be so buried in context that figuring out their meaning requires dedicated research.

For some people, the fame comes with perks — like a lucrative TikTok partnership or a spot in Netflix's 2019 documentary "Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened." But for most, being a meme star isn't always a walk in the park. The constant attention can be stressful and even dangerous at times.

We contacted six people who went viral for whatever reason and asked them what it was like to be a meme. From a guy who gets pelted with food at the mall to an Instagram celebrity whose photos are being used by a shady business, these people share the highs and lows of the meme life.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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