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The Distracted Boyfriend meme has seen many iterations since it went viral last August. There’s a Distracted Boyfriend meme for everyone—the most popular ones in 2018 so far have referenced the Bible, the Matrix, and Mario. Now there’s a Black Panther version. Warning: This meme contains spoilers. I repeat: See the film before you view this meme.
Ok, now that you’ve watched Black Panther, please enjoy this meme. It’s very good.
i can't help but post this pic.twitter.com/wgYOtRNcAL— daniel | wakanda forever (@ruffalosfluff) February 19, 2018
In the film, the hero is T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), aka the Black Panther. But when Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) arrives in Wakanda and competes for the title of King, other characters start taking his side. That includes W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya), who was formerly a good friend of T’Challa’s. The plot makes the perfect setup for the Distracted Boyfriend meme. Here, W’Kabi is shown being distracted by the new visitor and turning his back on T’Challa.
As it turns out, this conflict between these three characters in the film also works for another popular meme: the “Friendship ended with Mudasir” meme.
(I found this on tumblr) pic.twitter.com/bHMUVZrhAK— trisha saw bp (@percysbluecake) February 19, 2018
In case you forgot, this meme emerged after a man named Asif Raza announced in a Facebook post that he was dumping his best friend for a new one:
This is the real one pic.twitter.com/HFCQdTIreo— Alexo (@alexolul) February 20, 2018
Black Panther managed to successfully slip in a reference to a meme in the script. Now the film is inspiring memes of its own. It looks like sharing memes are quickly becoming one of the best ways to discuss a film among other fans on Twitter after it opens in theaters. We’re not complaining.
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.