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I was disappointed in last weekend’s LSU vs Alabama college football game. Billed the “Game of the Century” – for the weekend – the perennial SEC matchup yet again failed to deliver as Alabama asserted their depressing dominance over the overmatched Tigers. There was very little to cheer for if you were a neutral spectator for the game and there was even less to cheer for if you were a LSU fanatic. Besides from an awesome pregame hype video and a glorious tailgating scene, LSU mostly failed to deliver. But they did deliver a glorious new Twitter meme for 2018 that has quickly swept through the social media streets and has even made its way into articles and airwaves.
If you’ve checked your Twitter feed over the past few days, you’ve probably seen it. Down by 22 in the 3rd quarter and with the bleakest chance of survival, an eagle-eyed cameraman expertly scanned the crowd looking for the next “sad fan” meme that would both highlight the devastation of a fanbase and provide to be a lucrative meme format for weeks – even months – to come. Names like the “Surrender Cobra” fan from the infamous Michigan botched kick against MSU, the “Crying Piccolo” girl dutifully playing her instrument as ‘Nova endured another tourney upset, and “Crying Northwestern” kid from a similar NCAA tournament experience, are all recent examples of when the fans of a team become bigger than the team themselves – even if just for a moment.
when you’re face is all you see when you open social media pic.twitter.com/EugIfVPIcE
— kailss (@kaileighthomas_) November 5, 2018
The newest addition to this harried and hallowed hall of viral fame quickly became the “Death Glare” girl, who disturbingly stared back into the camera, for what seemed like hours, but was honestly only a few seconds as her fellow fans blindly cheered around. In that moment, she encapsulated an entire fan base’s anguish and became a meme sensation. The Athletic (sidenote: awesome site) actually caught up with the girl, Kaileigh Thomas, who is a Freshman at LSU, to talk through her newfound fame. Of course, she didn’t know she would become famous at the moment, but she quickly capitalized on the moment with a viral tweet. Along with gaining thousands of followers, she’s also probably got some TV appearances and free tickets coming her way.
But what’s to stop her from making it a full-time career? With the job market still a little dicey for folks coming out of college, I suggest prospective job applicants consider applying for a new role: viral meme. At best, you can get some paid IG posts and perhaps a local sponsorship out of your new position, at worst, it becomes a good talking point for your resume. Who knows – if bitcoin speculation warrants million-dollar “ICO’s”, who’s to say selling your newfound meme fame can’t be lucrative. It would sure beat a desk job. Cheers!.