Summer is upon us, and you know what that means: Beaches, bikinis, and people fighting on the Internet about how hot the interior of a car can get in direct sunlight.
And, because the season won’t be complete until we get a handful of stories about strangers breaking windows to rescue babies or pets negligently left in these parking lot ovens, a presumably staged photo designed to inflame the masses has captured social media’s normally fragmented attention. Go ahead and take a look.
The image’s origins remain murky. Select All reported that @fee020, a teen who claimed that the dog was named Kram and enjoyed the pop stylings of Rihanna, had made up that backstory after finding the photo elsewhere online. It didn’t much matter; the flames of hot-car controversy were fanned, and the memes began.
But this was never destined to be a Photoshop meme. In the week since the picture blew up, people have repurposed and mocked the language of the sign, less so the specific visual.
the ac is on— iz (@izzzycarrolll) May 31, 2016
he has water & is listening to his favorite music pic.twitter.com/oApnH4B5ZA
please do not break window. the ac is on. he has water and is listening to his favorite music pic.twitter.com/4ikf9fiZrW— jen murphy (@slugcities) June 6, 2016
The AC is on. He has water and is listening to his favorite music. pic.twitter.com/0omDbgwSfq— DeliciousKekletariat (@DELICIOUSKEK) June 6, 2016
*please do not break the window*!!— elaina (@radelaina) June 6, 2016
He has water, the ac is on and he's listening to his favorite music pic.twitter.com/JwTknOooVj
Please do not break the window. The AC is on. He has water and is listening to his favorite music pic.twitter.com/BrxNZiqohs— dope, it is tom (@DOPEITSTOM) June 5, 2016
the ac is on.— chiquita potato (@Kbumm_) June 5, 2016
he has water.
and is listening to his favorite music pic.twitter.com/EDYhUfcx98
So yeah, even though it may soon be legal to smash car windows to rescue pets, the next time you see a Shrek doll alone in the passenger seat, try not to panic. He’s quite comfortable and rocking out to Smash Mouth.