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Turns Out, Charlie Chaplin Already Made The ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ Meme In 1922
By Yoon Sann Wong, 13 Jun 2018
Left screenshot via Adrian A., right image via Shutterstock
Photographer Antonio Guillem’s viral ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ meme, shown directly below, might have taken the internet by storm in August 2017, but a recent tweet by film writer Peter Goldberg places the “original” meme dating back some 100 years ago to none other than English comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.
In the thread ‘Charlie Chaplin: inventor of memes’, Redditors further highlighted the uncanny resemblance of this still frame, sourced from Chaplin’s 1922 silent movie Pay Day, to its 2017 cousin by freezing and flipping the visual that’s found 9:14 into the scene.
See it the similarities below.
‘Distracted Boyfriend’ meme. Image via Shutterstock
I'm very sorry for this, but... pic.twitter.com/iewtkmUmkG— Peter Goldberg (@peeto_g) June 11, 2018
[via PetaPixel, Paleofuture and Reddit]
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