When a very funny picture perfectly encapsulates a feeling, it's hard not to make a meme out of it. Take, for example, the unfaithful guy meme — the stock image of a dude checking out another girl while he strolls with his now-furious girlfriend. It pretty perfectly sums up how easily distracted we all are. For instance, we took the meme and put "me" over the guy, "birthday cake" over the passing girl, and "actually celebrating our coworker's birthday" over the girlfriend.
But as it turns out, that image does not exist in a vacuum. There is a whole, involved backstory to the couple, and maybe the guy isn't as despicable as he seems. One Twitter user chronicled the saga, explaining, through stock photos, how the couple got to the point where they could behave so dysfunctionally in public.
Here's the story behind the unfaithful guy meme, and get ready to find yourself... coming to understand the unfaithful guy?
This is the unfaithful boyfriend meme.
It's simple to use.
It's quite versatile.
It comes in many forms.
It may, in fact, be the very first meme.Way back in 192*mumble mumble,* Charlie Chaplin took a photograph that more or less foreshadowed the unfaithful boyfriend meme. It's like looking at meme hieroglyphics.
And it can get very specific.Who is Republican Moses Sanchez? Did Phoenix voters truly reject the status quo? It is hilarious to me how specific this meme can be. It has such a "Hello fellow kids"-sort of vibe.
But the couple in this photograph has a shocking backstory.
The jealous girlfriend/unfaithful guy meme has an entire story. THREAD. https://t.co/7nDx1wTs4w— sama (@sama)1565175765.0
To start, every couple needs a meet-cute.
So, they met at university, and hit it off right away. https://t.co/BwQqjw8XgN— sama (@sama)1565175774.0
They thought they were each others' forevers.
They get married and have a honey moon. https://t.co/SDAQvJUVUM— sama (@sama)1565175783.0
Then, a bun in the oven.
Shortly after, they move in together, and she realizes she's pregnant. https://t.co/I9hKX4tUpx— sama (@sama)1565175796.0
Here comes the shocking turn...
They become a (most often happy family). Until one day, the kid gets sick. https://t.co/SaaP54n3FL— sama (@sama)1565175804.0
mean REALLY sick. They wait to hear back from the doctor, and.. https://t.co/EjPlYLlcc7— sama (@sama)1565175811.0
The news is heartbreaking. https://t.co/bNOKOvAQVI— sama (@sama)1565175815.0
And so begins the cheating.
via: TwitterHere we start to see the guy begin to step out on his wife, not because he doesn't love her, but because he has no idea what to do with his grief.
The meme is re-framed.
via: TwitterYou'll never look at this image the same way, will you? This guy is scoping out another woman because his heart is broken, and the girl is upset not because of what he's doing but because she has no idea how to move forward.
The cheating gets a little... egregious.
via: TwitterThis is a man who cannot stand to look at his wife anymore because she reminds him of what he's lost. At the same time, he can't leave, because what kind of man would he be? That sort of emotional repression leads to his dalliances becoming more and more brazen.
Of course, she starts to catch on.
via: TwitterHe leaves his phone, unlocked, out on the table, presumably with the Messages app open and a text from "HOT GIRL BAR" pulled up that says "wut u doin come over" and a thumbs-up tapback.
And confronts him about it.
via: TwitterWhether he acknowledged it or not, this is the moment the guy was looking for — his transgressions are out in the open, and now he has to talk to his wife about how he's feeling.
And here, the story gets even more real.
via: TwitterRemember how fun it was, just a few story beats ago? The guy was hugging his wife but kissing a girl behind her back! It was almost like a slapstick-y romantic comedy from 192*mumble mumble*! What a great time that was. Anyhow, now these two are wallowing in a pit of emotions for the first time since experiencing the greatest loss a person.
They decide to work through it.
The wife calls in an old friend to help investigate. Sheiks she's out of the house the husband cheats (again). https://t.co/rul3Kec75r— sama (@sama)1565176118.0
Not only does she confront him...
via: TwitterThe guy left the sexiest lacy panties out for her to find, but what's really upsetting here is that he's so deluded that he's playing this up like a chubby sitcom husband whose wife caught him eating ice cream after midnight.
... but she gets caught in some revolting scenario...
via: TwitterIn what must be the ultimate embarrassment after such a tragic time, the girl is caught cleaning under the bed while her husband brings home another woman. She takes off her ring and hands it to her husband, ending the marriage with a sigh.
... and has to confront her.
via: TwitterBy this point, she's been through so much she can't even muster any rage. The best she can do is sternly tap on the other woman's shoulder like the mother she once was.
And they finally reach their breaking point.
*"I know I'm not the only one," plays softly in the background.* https://t.co/BCfVBmMohR— sama (@sama)1565176288.0
Which, for reference, is this song.While it is a smooth, slow jam, this is not the "only one" I was thinking of.
That was this "only one."This song, which sounds like the pissed-off, utterly-wronged female power anthem I wanted to hear, is actually from the perspective of the other woman? What a let-down.
Back to our couple...
(Yeah, go and cry about it, little bitch.) https://t.co/ErgrdGPX1P— sama (@sama)1565176427.0
The legal process begins.
They contact a divorce lawyer, and finally start packing to move out. https://t.co/D1lGnb2Ed7— sama (@sama)1565176498.0
The girl begins to heal.
In her moments of grief, the woman reconnects with the old friend from college, who's there for her. And then, they… https://t.co/2WebBS5g9t— sama (@sama)1565176584.0
Not everyone deals with traumatic events the same way.
(You can tell who's taking the situation better.) https://t.co/rmOJdaN1Ne— sama (@sama)1565176641.0
One half of our former couple is progressing.
The girlfriends move in together, and later on run into the ex husband. He finds out, he's not happy. https://t.co/eQd8SRWWel— sama (@sama)1565176717.0
But the guy has completely succumbed to the darkness.
He gets sent the final bill from the divorce lawyer and realizes he's gonna have to pay for most of it. This is whe… https://t.co/yf6TiJWuc8— sama (@sama)1565176769.0
So he breaks into the house.
via: TwitterJesus Christ, this guy. See, this is what happens if you don't deal with your emotions in therapy — you become the world's most detestable criminal.
Then, this slapstick rom-com becomes a horror movie.
via: TwitterThe toxic feelings of unprocessed grief manifest as hatred towards his ex-wife. By loving him, she pulled him into the circumstance that so hurt him. His twisted mind needs revenge.
So he ties her up.I wish we were still talking about bodybuilder memes.
But she taps into her inner strength.
via: TwitterSummoning the kind of gall and resilience reserved for the emotionally healed, our girl breaks from her binds and destroys her former love. If you're not pumping your fist in the air right now, cheering on our girl, you need to get your blood pressure checked.
Then she runs him over.
via: TwitterLike any great horror movie villain, though, the guy has one last jump-scare in him. As our girl tries to drive away, he leaps at her windshield. She floors it and squashes the guy, ending not only his life but also this horrifying chapter of her own.
She and her new lover are reunited.
via: TwitterAnd just as they did during our girl's last trauma, they will work through this together.
And now we have a new obsession to blog about on Tumblr.
(Accidentally becomes lesbian stock post meme shipper account.) https://t.co/uR2NSqSBk2— sama (@sama)1565177123.0
So why did @BuhariSama craft this story?
I just want @LilNasX to like this https://t.co/ztO1kov5Ag— sama (@sama)1565203201.0