Kurt Cobain with Gru face, singing 'About a gorl'

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‘Despicable Me’ meme is giving celebs a Gru makeover

All the boys and gorls are loving this meme.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on May 1, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:00 pm CDT

The first Despicable Me film debuted in July of 2010 and was a huge hit, spawning two sequels and one prequel. Sure, the minions were cute, but it was really Steve Carell’s voice for Gru that made the movie. His outrageous accent turned an already solid script into a gut-buster.

Now people are seizing on Gru’s pronunciation of the word “girl”—it sounds like “gorl”—to create Gru’ed-up memes of your favorite celebrities and pop stars.

Remember Katy Perry’s hit song, “California Gorls”?


In this meme, Ed Sheeran becomes Galway Gorl.

Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Avril Lavigne all got the Gru makeover.



But there’s no need to limit the meme to pop music. It works just as well for movies and television shows.


Or anything featuring the word “girl.”


As you can see, it’s a pretty easy meme to get in on. Think of a pop culture reference with the word “girl” in it. Replace “girl” with “gorl”. Photoshop in Gru’s face. Post that bad boy.

As far as memes go, it’s no “Gru’s Plan,” but it’s still pretty good.

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*First Published: May 1, 2018, 12:25 pm CDT