From Memes to Millions

We all remember phrases like “Catch me outside, how bout that?¨ and “ight, imma fuck witcha,” but we never think much deeper about how these two iconic phrases changed the lives of once normal teenagers living a normal lifestyle. Danielle Bregoli, otherwise known as “Bhad Bhabie,” first premiered on television in September 2016, in a dramatic and iconic episode of Dr. Phil. With her newfound fame from the show, Bregoli then decided to pursue a rapping career, one year later becoming the youngest female rapper to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, a widely known music chart. Soon after that, she signed a record deal to Atlantic Records and by March of 2017, Bregoli’s personal worth was estimated to be 200,000 dollars and continues to grow to this day. 

This success is also seen in a teenager known as Lil Esco 28, who has gone viral for his ¨ight imma fuck witcha¨ meme. Similar to Bregoli, after a video of his catchphrase went viral, the teenager from Georgia pursued a rap career. Though not as successful as Bregoli, his net worth is reportedly 100k, making him an extremely wealthy fourteen-year-old. Although it may seem relatively new,  fast fame from memes has been around for a while. As readers, you may remember scrolling through Instagram back in 2012 and seeing a one year old cat with the appearance of an upset forty year old man. Yes, Grumpy Cat is another example of how people (and cats!) receive fame and popularity because of the meme community.

In April of 2012, the cat Tardar Sauce (otherwise known as Grumpy Cat) was born. Due to her underbite and feline dwarfism she constantly appears to be grumpy, so when her owner’s brother snapped a picture of her and posted it on the social media platform Reddit, it went viral. From there, Grumpy Cat appeared on shows like Good Morning America and American Idol and released books, merchandise and even video games over the next years. Though the owners have not disclosed their net worth, internet speculations say it may be around one million dollars. Thousands and millions are very large amounts of money, and this is something that all of these meme sensations have in common along with tens of millions of followers. This is all due to communities on Reddit, Instagram, Snapchat and even Facebook (yes, boomers can make memes too). Having all these memers come together with one collective comedic centerpiece is a wonderful sight that can do wonderful things or they will just end up clogging your feed with annoying, terrible memes.     

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