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This behind-the-scenes photo of Tom Holland and Zendaya has become a meme

Is he Spider-mansplaining?


David Britton


Posted on Jul 26, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:56 am CDT

A photo from the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which shows stars Zendaya and Tom Holland, has become a great object-labeling meme.

The photo was originally taken by director Jon Watts and posted to his Instagram Stories. Watts included the caption, “The cast loves when I take BTS  pics,” referring to Zendaya’s disapproving look. Holland, meanwhile, looks like he’s explaining something to the actress and singer.

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On July 8, the Instagram fan page @tomhollandupdates posted a version of the picture that has since received over 16,000 likes.

The meme template then spread to Reddit.


Anyone who knows memes can see that it’s the perfect setup, and Reddit was happy to respond.

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This isn’t the first time Zendaya has found herself at the center of a meme. Back in September of 2018, she was the subject of a viral internet song called “Zendaya is Meechee”, based on her role in the animated film Smallfoot.

At the time, she seemed to enjoy the meme, or at least the fact that singer Gabriel Gundacker got her name right.


How she feels about this new one remains to be seen.


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*First Published: Jul 26, 2019, 2:34 pm CDT