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Don’t @ me!
Everyone who is Extremely Online is familiar with @dril. The Twitter account is a perfect satire of what it’s like to be on the social media site. Politicians, celebrities, and other people have unknowingly replicated the format of @dril’s tweets—which usually causes ridicule. But, sometimes, telling a person that their tweet sounded like a @dril tweet is a compliment. Especially when that person is Ice-T, who tweets funny and blunt takes to his more than 1 million followers.
On Sunday, Twitter user @portal_narlish compared Ice-T to @dril after the rapper and actor tweeted: “NOTICE: Please don’t Tweet @ me if you’re just gonna Delete your comment when I simply Reply…”
ice t is dril https://t.co/Y5VafqZvdp
— das portal (@portal_narlish) August 19, 2018
Dril fans seemed to agree that Ice-T’s tweet mimicked the idiosyncratic style of the anonymous Twitter account. But one person didn’t get the joke—Ice-T.
No diss .. Please explain to me what’s Dril? https://t.co/y9j3V3lADg
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) August 19, 2018
Ice-T was humble about his lack of knowledge about this aspect of internet culture. “No diss…Please explain to me what’s Dril?” he tweeted.
His fans offered explanations:
hes twitter personality known for his deadpan joke delivery that hinges on absurdist imagery. people are juxtaposing this with your earnest delivery and so its a compliment that passively, youre an amusing person
— Michelle "Anime Butthole" Perez (@mperezwritesirl) August 19, 2018
the poet laureate of the internet
— the robot from evangelion (@DenpaCodec) August 19, 2018
it's a compliment ice, he's like the funniest dude on Twitter. check @dril . also, you rock man
— Dave (@dgen912) August 19, 2018
And everyone generally went crazy over the fact that Ice-T was asking his fans to explain a meme.
Marvel: "Infinity War is the most ambitious crossover event in history"
— joe simpson disavower (@atlsportscholar) August 20, 2018
🚨🚨🚨worlds colliding🚨🚨🚨 https://t.co/q6ngA55Q5i
— pirate angel baby (@kateemick) August 20, 2018
THE INTERNET JUST TRIED TO EXPLAIN DRIL TO THE INVENTOR OF GANGSTER RAP AND I'M OVERJOYED. https://t.co/4unZgiVKvk
— BEAT TEH SKELTEN (@BEAT_TWITTAR) August 20, 2018
SIMULATION BROKE https://t.co/R8S7gkWdQW
— The Meat Man, Big Elon, Yael Ledesma (@H0TW0RKS) August 20, 2018
Ice-T probably knows who @dril is now. But his recent tweets still resemble the anonymous online personality. In other words, they’re great.
The Block button is your friend. But the MUTE button suspends the Dumbfuck in a bottomless Twitter void. https://t.co/BpvZucCUs8
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) August 20, 2018
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.