'Black Panther' Works Perfectly With Distracted Boyfriend Meme

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‘Black Panther’ works perfectly with the Distracted Boyfriend meme

Don't turn your back on T'Challa!

 

Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Feb 20, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 12:13 am CDT

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.

https://twitter.com/ruffalosfluff/status/965546228556558336

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.

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:

https://twitter.com/alexolul/status/965904355001094144

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.

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*First Published: Feb 20, 2018, 3:46 pm CST