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Actor Jonathan Frakes, best known as William Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, starred on a lesser-known Fox series for three seasons from 1998 to 2002. Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction was an anthology that featured stories about unusual occurrences including ghosts, psychic phenomena, the supernatural, or seemingly impossible coincidences.
It was then up to the audience to guess which stories were based on fact and which ones were works of fiction, which Frakes would typically hammily reveal with a twinkle-eyed pun or another witticism at the end of the show.
Which brings us to last week, when Twitter user @softsynthbear brilliantly compiled and edited together 47 entire seconds of Frakes telling us that we’re wrong.
jonathan frakes telling you you're wrong for 47 seconds pic.twitter.com/zU7HqQjGdN— *gated reverb snare* (@softsynthbear) April 12, 2019
“It’s false,” Frakes says in the video. “No way. Not this time. We created it. Not this time. No. Not this time. It’s totally made up. Pure fiction. It’s fiction. It’s fiction. We made it up. We made this one up. It’s a made-up tale. It’s a total fabrication. It never happened.” And … it just goes on and on and on like that for like 30 more seconds.
Frakes is already perfectly memeable in a variety of ways as Commander Riker, and this latest offering was no exception as people began retweeting the clip as a clever way of calling themselves out on their own bullshit.
Every time I text back “Sorry, just saw this!”pic.twitter.com/iqVjyWuUjD— Ally Hord (@hordie) April 18, 2019
Me: I'm going to start exercising daily and eating healthy— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) April 18, 2019
Also me: pic.twitter.com/U8paNn5Kyo
When I tell myself I’m just going to watch one episode & NOT the entire series in one sitting pic.twitter.com/lKgOd0J2Ly— AyyTrae (@ayytrae) April 18, 2019
Me and my friends from high school every time we say we’ll get coffee when they’re in townpic.twitter.com/YZPZeob4x8— Chandler Dean (@chandlerjdean) April 18, 2019
When people try to tell me about things I did while I was drunk— Koman Rillgore (@RomanKillgore) April 18, 2019
Others used the clip to call out additional examples of nonsense, such as student excuses, so-called “good” billionaires, and made-up Twitter shenanigans.
When a student says they had a project, but they lost it on the way to school.— Cameron Cook (@Cameronbcook) April 18, 2019
every time someone says they found a good billionaire pic.twitter.com/EVQbXDCnBM— the thicc husband (@lukeisamazing) April 17, 2019
me when i see someone tell a ‘true story’ on twitter pic.twitter.com/0zYWVTyDnW— ｍｉｋｅ (@boy_from_school) April 15, 2019
Someone else used the meme to roast the phenomenon of people thinking there was a genie movie starring Sinbad n the ’90s.
“sinbad was a genie in the 90s I seen it-”— mamoudou (@MamoudouNDiaye) April 18, 2019
And finally, Frakes—who typically has a good sense of humor about the strange ways the internet obsesses over him—weighed in on the meme, tweeting the YouTube link to the clip with the hashtag, #ProudToBeAMeme:
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.