During these tumultuous times we live in, the Internet is often a welcome source of comic relief, mocking and lampooning the cultural zeitgeist and outrageous political climate. Memes are one form of satire that have been very popular in recent years, defined by Merriam-Webster as 1) an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture, as well as 2) an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.
One of the most popular memes of 2017 was the 'Distracted Boyfriend' meme, which shows a man walking with his girlfriend while eyeing another woman, and his girlfriend is none too pleased about it. It perfectly captures the feeling of wanting something while ignoring what you already have, so people took the format and ran with it. While some memes are popular for only a short window of time, Distracted Boyfriend has had a fair amount of longevity, still popping up across the web today as people think of new, creative takes on the image.
Now, as with many things on the Internet, the rabbit hole goes deeper than people could've imagined. A web sleuth and blogger by the name of Ernie Smith has uncovered the secret double life of the girlfriend from Distracted Boyfriend, and it's pretty hilarious. It appears that she was a model for a series of stock images, which mostly consist of her looking at screens in a state of shock. What is she looking at on those phones/laptops/etc that surprises her so much? Perhaps it's news about Distracted Boyfriend, having finally eloped to be with the woman from the meme he coveted so very much.
Backstory: the woman's name is Carla Ramos, and all of these photos, including the original one in Distracted Boyfriend, were taken by her actual boyfriend, a photographer by the name of Antonio Guillem. They then sold them to photography agency Getty Images, and the rest is history. When they're not memeing around, they like to travel, and Carla uploads many photos from their adventures on her Instagram account. What do you think: would you like to become an unintentional meme celebrity, having tons of people recognize you out in the world from a silly stock photo shoot that became an Internet craze? Would it be fun or annoying? Let us know in the comments below!
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