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Who knew Idris Elba choking on a hot wing could be so relatable?

This is the only reaction meme that matters.


Katie Balevic

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 14, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:27 am CDT

Idris Elba choked on a hot wing, and it became the only reaction meme that matters. Seriously, I could watch Elba choking on a hot wing for the rest of my life.

It all started when Elba was featured on the YouTube series Hot Ones, in which the host, Sean Evans, asks celebrities questions as they progressively eat hotter and hotter wings. In the episode, Elba eats what is apparently a very hot wing, as he coughs and says, “What the fuck! Oh shit!” And even though Elba almost dies by hot wing, he still manages to lick his fingers afterward.

The internet loved it, meme-ifying it immediately.

Feeling uncomfortable? Use the Elba choking on a hot wing meme to properly convey that.

“When the dinner date is going great and he drop ‘so you talking to anyone else?'” Twitter user mikasa wrote.

Jesus and God were also thrown in the mix.

“During the meal Jesus said, ‘I tell you, one of you will betray me’ Judas:” Twitter user @_lessismaur wrote.

There were also plenty of tweets about people reacting to eating food that is either poisoned or simply tastes like it is.

No word on if Elba has seen the meme yet–but when he does, his reaction might look something like this:


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*First Published: Aug 14, 2019, 3:27 pm CDT