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This guy made an incredible ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ mashup of his girlfriend’s selfies

If it hadn't been for Cotton Eye Joe...


Bryan Rolli

Internet Culture

Published Jun 16, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 1:23 pm CDT

Some heartfelt conversations are too wonderful to keep to yourself.

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That logic motivated a new viral tweet from Twitter user @Marissa_Tee_, who shared a screen recording that her boyfriend sent her in the middle of a heart-to-heart conversation. In the video, her boyfriend shuffles through a few different mirror selfies of her in a bathing suit while (sort of) mouthing the lyrics to “Cotton Eye Joe.”

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The actions sync up hysterically well, to the point that @Marissa_Tee_ might as well be dancing along to the Rednex classic. Her boyfriend clearly agrees, because pretty soon he cracks himself up and starts singing a bunch of gibberish—which, let’s face it, is preferable to that godawful middle school dance anthem anyway.

Since she posted it on Thursday, @Marissa_Tee_’s tweet has earned more than 662,000 likes and 239,000 retweets—just proof that some things really do deserve to be shared with the world.

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2018, 4:33 pm CDT