Four normal lads from Birmingham, UK, have become internet famous after an image they posted on social media became a viral meme.
Imagine going on a night out and taking a normal photo with your friends and it becomes one of the biggest Twitter memes of the year. Well, thats exactly whats happened to four lads from Birmingham.
The four lads meme, as its become known, has taken social media by storm and come to represent a stereotyped image of British lads in the 21st century. However, more recently the meme has taken a much darker turn, and the boys have had enough.
Heres everything you need to know about the four lads meme.
One of the internets most popular memes right now is the four lads meme, and you definitely would have seen it pop up a few times as youre scrolling through social media.
The meme is an image of four British lads all standing in front of a bar, and its gone viral online as it represents British youth culture in the 2010s perfectly.
Its all about the way theyre dressed, with some of the key features of the image being Alexander McQueen trainers, tight shirts, cropped grey chequered trousers, polo tops, tattoos and a whole load of fake tan.
The meme is now used to represent the type of boys you see whilst on a night out in the UK, and people often add captions that make the image absolutely hilarious.
Once you know the origin of the meme, it makes it even more hilarious because the image wasnt supposed to become a meme at all.
Four lads from Birmingham and Coventry were on a night out when the picture was taken. In the photo, theyre standing outside an All Bar One in Birmingham, and they then went on to the popular bar chain Slug and Lettuce, The Tab reports.
The boys are called Connor Humpage, Kevin Rooney, and Jamie Phillips, and the fourth wanted to remain anonymous when speaking to The Tab. Three of them work in manufacturing, and one is a tattoo artist.
One of the lads posted the image to his Instagram, wanting to share the photo he had taken with his mates. Little did he know, it would be screenshotted by a big Facebook page and turned into a viral meme.
At first, the lads found the meme funny, but it quickly took a dark turn and the captions associated with the meme began relating to big topics like Black Lives Matter.
Its just not on. The last thing you want your face associated with is racism, Jamie told The Tab. Another one of the lads, Connor, even had to write on his Instagram: TO CLARIFY, THIS MEME IS BY NO MEANS OUR VIEWS.
Its stereotyping normal lads for being racist and simple, which couldnt be any further from the truth, Connor said.
However, the photo still remains one of the most popular memes on social media, and it doesnt look like itll be disappearing any time soon.
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