Twitter can turn anything into a meme.
If you grew up in the 2000s, you might have watched Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd n Eddy. The show featured a character named Rolf, who was an immigrant from “the old country” who ran with the Eds and wasn’t afraid to call out white foolishness.
A picture of the character as a young black man gazing out of a window hit the internet, and everyone has been acting a fool, creating endless memes riffing on the image, Complex reports.
According to BuzzFeed, artist Elijah Rutland is responsible for the first black Rolf meme:
People really out here thinking that I make free art.... pic.twitter.com/taX89jSLNH— Elijah Rutland (@fixmysole) September 5, 2018
Rutland has a history of race-bending cartoon characters from a variety of shows, including Adventure Time and Dragon Ball Z, but Rolf is his first viral sensation.
“The next thing I knew, people were sharing it and editing it with new skin tones, hairstyles and captions, so all of this is new to me because I’ve never had anything that has gone viral before," Rutland said.
Poor Rolf! He became like 200 different people these past two weeks. pic.twitter.com/vstyFFO4Tt— Auntie Tavia 👩🏾💻 (@Octavia_Simone1) September 14, 2018
We’ve been in shambles over the creative ways people have ‘shopped the picture.
Here are a few of our faves:
“ mmcht maaan, why tf you always poppin up over here, you kno my momma don’t like you “ 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MO78KVNUlt— young mmcht (@realdeejayyyy) September 10, 2018
He went to the hood instead of Great Clips:
Rolf boy went to a black barber and never looked back 😂 pic.twitter.com/VZp7609yk8— Don (@Harrison0018) September 12, 2018
Y'all even got him reppin' team MAGA:
He also got him a few frontals and some bundles. Thankfully, he wears a bonnet to keep his hair laid:
i’m having way too much fun editing these picture of rolf :-/ pic.twitter.com/zzW3bR7wuf— 😤 (@carmenhatesu) September 10, 2018
please stop me 😭 pic.twitter.com/e46G4maUg3— 😤 (@carmenhatesu) September 10, 2018
4 my natural girls 💀 pic.twitter.com/1hvhWpb67U— 😤 (@carmenhatesu) September 10, 2018
Somehow, he got caught by the feds:
"when I get out we getting married" pic.twitter.com/gcQAPmZyvf— Rondo Bryant (@BullHunitProof) September 13, 2018
He got a job, too!
OK yall are runnin out with these Rolf memes 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/gFUnrqtvJQ— P. Against The World (@chillin662) September 14, 2018
Lemme get a Snicker, bruh!
"excuse me ladies and gentlemen" pic.twitter.com/zf6lqH1g6D— Danny Wolf (@Goldgr00ve) September 13, 2018
LMAOOOOOO! They gave rolf a child & a baby daddy 😂😂😂😂😂 i’m doneeeeee. pic.twitter.com/WKONMTEPTC— wavyy ting (@amazinglysss) September 14, 2018
Y’all gettin real creative with Rolf 😂 pic.twitter.com/3qBpUEm2j1— Shalaundreia (@OLaunLaun) September 14, 2018
Call an uber, sis!
They done put Rolf in the car 😭 pic.twitter.com/vaoxTZTHM6— The Megan (@MegYuup) September 14, 2018
Meme mixing was inevitable:
Yall got ROLF Chilling wit squidward 😩😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ZZyzXVE4Xg— ChefBwoy 🇯🇲👨🏾🍳 (@StarBwoyBlacks) September 14, 2018
If you know me then you knew the FAMU Rolf was on the way😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/238SGg0Uzd— Elijah Rutland (@fixmysole) September 11, 2018
Who turned Rolf into a DMV nigga? 😂💀 pic.twitter.com/m6SkNC2XgP— Yïn🥀 (@_LulReddd) September 14, 2018
Why are we like this?
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