Dolly Parton’s 74th birthday over the weekend prompted fans to honor her on social media. While everyone else was sharing their favorite Parton moments and taking a stroll down memory lane, however, she was busy starting one of 2020’s first meme trends.
Just a few days after birthday wishes stopped flooding every social media platform, Parton posted four images of herself. One in a blazer, one casually sporting a Christmas sweater, a classy-looking one in black and white and, finally, a picture of herself all dolled up in a bunny suit. She labeled each picture, in order, “LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder,” and captioned the post “Get you a woman who can do it all.” It was an instant meme sensation.
Celebs all over the web quickly flocked to the trend. “When my agent asks if I can play different roles,” Ellen DeGenerous wrote alongside her own version of the meme.
In no time, the meme took off. First, celebrities flocked to the format, each one lauding Parton for the brilliant idea. “Yes ma’am, @dollyparton, whatever you say,” Jennifer Garner wrote, earning a simple “Perfect” from Parton.
Even newscasters and radio hosts got in on it. “Inspired by the iconic @dollyparton,” CBS Morning News’ Julie Chen wrote.
Soon, regular people were taking part in the meme, dubbed the “Dolly Parton challenge” by social media.
Anda a buscarla al ángulo Dolly Parton #dollypartonchallenge https://t.co/z1RmJLJlVd pic.twitter.com/HqWCWKhzwA— Nildo (@SoyNildo) January 22, 2020
It’s all about balance #dollypartonchallenge pic.twitter.com/QAooFyCR69— Silvia Njoki (@silvianjoki) January 23, 2020
Now everyone is taking part in the challenge, from fan accounts to Instagram dogs and even brands.
As of press time, the meme was getting popular enough to break into increasingly weird spin-off memes.
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H/T USA Today