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‘You were at my wedding Denise’ is the newest clapback for instant regret
It’s not often the internet gets a new “Becky,” “Felicia,” or other name so intertwined with a viral meme that it becomes shorthand for a clapback in itself. But last night, The View co-host Meghan McCain graced us with another when she said, “You were at my wedding Denise.”
Let’s back up a bit. According to BuzzFeed News, it started Monday night after conservative writer Denise McAllister tweeted a rant about the daytime talk show. She described it as “a roundtable of delusional mental midgets ricocheting ignorance and lack of emotional regulation.”
The post’s top comment and progenitor of this new meme? A response from McCain: “You were at my wedding Denise….”
you were at my wedding Denise….
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 26, 2019
Nearly 7,000 people have liked the seemingly truly hurt reply, and retweets of the exchange went viral. McAllister quickly backtracked her rancor, explaining that it was meant to be directed at the other “crazy” co-hosts despite McCain being featured in the cover image. But by that point, Twitter already had the newest addition to its lexicon.
“You were at my wedding Denise” is going to be my comeback for everything now. – husband, you left the AC running all day. Me, you were at my wedding Denise.
— Lori Loria de Hess (@Loriloriahess) March 26, 2019
brb replying to even the mildest criticism with “you were at my wedding Denise” pic.twitter.com/LSC9k2jkhX
— Taj Magruder (@TajPHL) March 26, 2019
*when I get my credit card statement and see what Sophia from a month ago spent her money on*
YOU WERE AT MY WEDDING DENISE
— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) March 26, 2019
From Game of Thrones to Julius Ceasar, “You were at my wedding Denise…” instantly became the best caption to a range of tragic moments and iconic images.
Julius Caesar, while being stabbed in the back: you were at my wedding Denise…
— Danny Page (@DannyPage) March 26, 2019
you were at my wedding Denise…. pic.twitter.com/cdaZ2RkBbP
— i bless the rains down in Castamere (@Chinchillazllla) March 26, 2019
You were at my wedding Denise. pic.twitter.com/qafhB7WfXY
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) March 26, 2019
YOU WERE AT MY WEDDING, DENISE! pic.twitter.com/hFFoKmLOx7
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 26, 2019
One Twitter user postulated it could replace a similar clapback popularized by the fast food queen of Twitter burns: Wendy’s.
Somebody said “You were at my wedding Denise” is the new “Ma’am this is a Wendy’s” pic.twitter.com/b5o4qbOpDz
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) March 26, 2019
For now though, one thing’s certain: The name Denise has a whole new context it never asked for. Thank you, Meghan!
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H/T BuzzFeed News
Alyse Stanley is a video game and culture reporter based in Virginia with words at Polygon and USGamer. When she’s not writing about memes, she edits Unwinnable’s monthly magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @pithyalyse.