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Arnold's Stogies or Arnold Is Ballsy With His Cigars refers to a viral video of actor and politician Arnold Schwarznegger talking about his smoking habit. The interview, in which Schwarzenegger brags about being "ballsy" and "a stud" and smoking his cigars "anywhere he wants," gained viral popularity online, being used as source material for quotes and memes.
On August 3rd, 2016, YouTube user Ander Ferreras uploaded a one-minute clip of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about his smoking habit taken from an unknown interview filmed approximately in early 2000s. In the clip, titled "Arnold is Ballsy with his Cigars," Schwarzenegger talks about his smoking habit, revealing that his wife's father introduced him to smoking cigars, or stogies, bragging that he doesn't have to hide his habit from his wife and mocking viewers about that.
"Because after dinner, everyone ought to have a cigar." So I tried it, well, the rest is history: I'm still smoking stogies, I love it, and he introduced me to something really good.
And I know now the next question! Knowing you, being the interviewer that you are, digging in deep all the time, you will say now, "What does your wife think about that?" Let me ask you something: when my wife's father has introduced me to stogies, what is she going to say? She is not going to say, "my father made a mistake," because her father never makes a mistake, so therefore it is okay. I can smoke stogies around her, I can smoke stogies in my house – first of all because her father introduced me to stogies, and second of all because I'm a stud. I’m ballsy. I don’t take no shit from anyone. I smoke my stogie anywhere I want! I don’t have to find a hideout place like you! Oh ho ho ho!
The video saw little spread until mid-2017, gaining 50,000 views by February 24th, 2017. On January 20th, 2017, now-defunct Instagram account i_hate_vegans_alot_v2 posted the video, with an iFunny reupload gaining 59 smiles. On June 1st, 2017, Instagram account shaqs0n posted the video, with the post gaining over 24,700 views and 1,700 likes.
On July 22nd, 2017, Instagram account oldrowofficial posted the clip, with the post gaining over 305,000 views and 38,300 likes. The video achieved viral status by mid-2018, when multiple posts with the video were made on social media and memes based on the video starting to appear online.
On June 7th, 2018, iFunny user MeltingSlurpee posted the earliest discovered meme based on the video, with the post gaining 61 smiles in three years (shown below, left). On August 8th, 2017, YouTube user wowflower posted music remix of the video. On August 18th, 2018, Facebook meme page Arnold Schwarzposting posted a meme that gained 37 reactions (shown below, right).
Starting in mid-2019, the video achieved moderate popularity in memes, with several quotes from the video being used as catchphrases and snowclones, most notably, "I'm ballsy, I smoke my stogie anywhere I want, I don't have to find a hideout place." For example, on May 24th, 2019, Instagram page thehighsociety posted a meme that received over 233,500 views and 27,900 likes in two years (shown below, left). On July 1st, 2019, iFunny user thememewaves posted a meme that received over 137,600 smiles in the same period (shown below, right).
The video maintained notable popularity in memes in the following years through references, catchphrases, snowclone memes and edits.
 YouTube – Arnold is Ballsy with his Cigars
 Internet Archive – Arnold is Ballsy with his Cigars
 Instagram – i_hate_vegans_alot_v2 (page unavailable)
 iFunny – LOOKatMyTiTs
 Instagram – oldrowofficial
 iFunny – MeltingSlurpee
 YouTube – arnold on stogies
 Facebook – Arnold Schwarzposting
 Instagram – tehhighsociety (page unavailable)
 iFunny – thememewaves
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