This video of a man walking into a courtroom is now a meme

'Me guarding my mom at the ATM machine.'


Gabrielle Sorto

Internet Culture

Published Apr 5, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 3:32 pm CDT

Jawad Bendaoud was accused of lending his apartment to two jihadists after the November 2015 Paris attacks. Both men had links to ISIS and were involved in terror attacks in one of the city’s most deadly attacks. Bendaoud was sentenced on appeal to four years in prison last week.

The footage of him walking into the Paris courtroom dressed in a tracksuit with a puffed chest and a face that says he means business has become a viral meme. Know Your Meme has dubbed it the “Tough Guy Entrance”.

Twitter user Mohamedjellit posted a few seconds of a video of Bendaoud on the social site, saying, “caption this” and boy, did people caption it. The video essentially speaks to those moments when someone steps up to defend something and maybe is taking that thing a little too seriously.

One person used the video to reference the Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” remix.


Other people are using it for moments that seem a little too specific.


Although the circumstances that brought Bendaoud to this moment are unfortunate, his attitude in this video clip has been all of us at some point.


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*First Published: Apr 5, 2019, 12:33 pm CDT