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The Distracted Boyfriend meme is back in the social consciousness after Dolly Parton tweeted an epic version of the trope on Monday. The iconic musician posted a new take that incorporates her classic song of betrayal, “Jolene,” into the meme.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) August 20, 2018
And in case you’re unfamiliar with the tale of infidelity and pleas to leave her man alone, here’s Dolly performing “Jolene” back in 1975.
According to Parton, Jolene was inspired by a red-headed bank teller overly flirting with her husband, Carl Dean, when they were newlyweds. The bank teller’s charm had little effect on Dean. The couple remains married after 52 years.
The origin story of the red-headed temptress turned into a meme provoked some great strong fan zingers, too:
The meme was one of the most present images of 2017, pulled from a stock photo and shared in a Turkish message board in January of that year. As the Daily Dot wrote in its “meme of the year” column:
A meme with a detailed backstory is rare; usually it’s a single image, video, or phrase that goes viral before fading out. This meme has an entire fantasy world with multiple plot twists. The story of the couple, and the people who distracted them, isn’t even depressing or terrible. It’s lighthearted and funny, and as digestible as a TV sitcom.
Your move, Garth Brooks.
Chris Illuminati is an author and reporter whose work for the Daily Dot focuses on meme culture. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, FanSided, BroBible, Penthouse, and AskMen.