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The Auntie Gasping video, also known as Gasping Auntie, shows an older Black woman sitting at a table with a water bottle, raising her hand to her mouth and gasping at something that the viewer or meme creator has said or done. It was originally posted on TikTok in early 2022 but soon became a common reaction video on Twitter within gay and LGBTQ+ meme circles. Its captions predominantly followed the "X When Y Walks In" phrasal template from the Vince McMahon Suprised GIF.
On March 18th, 2022, TikToker turntuptorey posted a video of him cussing in front of his Auntie "Mama Vette" by calling someone they both know "a bitch" and then saying the curse word "shit." Sitting at the dinner table behind a bottle of water, his Auntie raised her hands to her face and gasped. Over the course of five months, the prank video received roughly 2.7 million plays and 628,700 likes (shown below).
On April 10th, 2022, Twitter user FendiMani used a cropped screen-recording of turntuptorey's TikTok as a reply to one of their mutuals, captioning it, "Oomf g46???" Their reply received only one like after being posted, however, the video received over 285,700 views in four months (shown below). FendiMani's use of the video is currently the first-known online, however, as alluded through the high view-count and low like-count, there was most likely an unknown, semi-viral tweet that used FendiMani's video sometime in April or May 2022 the boosted its views.
Oomf g46??? pic.twitter.com/8To17rFqEU
— Sawy TINASHE X NORMANI OUT FRIDAY (@FendiMani) April 11, 2022
On May 14th, 2022, Twitter user CAMERONUCHIS replied to a since-deleted tweet with the second gasp from the Auntie in the original TikTok. CAMERONUCHIS' reply received 14 likes, however, their video earned roughly 471,600 views in three months (shown below). The since-deleted tweet they replied to was most likely a viral instance of the Aunti Gasping video. CAMERONUCHIS' video was then used in other viral tweets going into mid-2022.
— cam ♍️ (@CAMERONUCHIS) May 15, 2022
On May 17th, 2022, the Twitter account gay_reactions posted the video in a tweet, captioning it, "Somebody auntie randomly gasping." Over the course of three months, the tweet received roughly 9,000 likes while the video earned over 78.8 million views (shown below).
Somebody auntie randomly gasping. pic.twitter.com/SpZNFgTyfk
— reaction encyclopedia (@gay_reactions) May 17, 2022
Inspired by gay_reactions' tweet, Twitter users started using the video in their own tweets, adding different captions to it. An early instance of this was on July 1st, 2022 in a tweet from Twitter user perfectllover, who captioned it, "OOMF JUST TOLD ME THAT LAST NIGHT IN SOHO IS ON HBO MAX," and earned 16 likes in two months. More viral instances popularized the trend in late July. For instance, on July 30th. 2022, Twitter user Vessyteena used the secondary Auntie Gasping video in a reply that was in regards to Taylor Swift's Private Jet Controversy, earning roughly 1,000 likes in one week (shown below).
They’re getting my sister BADLYYY this is worse than the kanyekim thing pic.twitter.com/gMnqxV66Y7
— Missy #bb24 (@Vessyteena) July 30, 2022
In August 2022 is when the video's usage took off en masse. On August 3rd, 2022, Twitter user islandthembo captioned the video, "SZA when the days are bad," earning roughly 42,700 likes in one week (shown below, top). On August 4th, 2022, Twitter user abIondedlife captioned it, "mitski when the dogs win," earning roughly 12,500 likes in six days (shown below, bottom).
SZA when the days are bad pic.twitter.com/z2aqHnEOJ4
— pocket (@islandthembo) August 4, 2022
mitski when the dogs win pic.twitter.com/q3HVQHL4WE
— prash 🏹 (@abIondedlife) August 4, 2022
The video's use spread into August, with many of its subsequent catchphrases being similar to the X When Y Walks In phrasal template. For instance, on August 8th, 2022, Twitter user ivylyricsbot captioned the video, "emily dickinson when emily pussyindaughter walks in," earning roughly 129,200 likes in two days (shown below).
emily dickinson when emily pussyindaughter walks in pic.twitter.com/e5lpZaHmKs
— theylor enthusiast (@ivylyricsbot) August 9, 2022
Lorde when the song about not being a celebrity turned her into one pic.twitter.com/ote7wria8G
— a fallen fruit (@letthebliss) August 5, 2022
zendaya when agitated daya walks in pic.twitter.com/n10Vz0A8rb
— Sid Bell (@charlitski) August 8, 2022
lisa bonet when she meets lisa durag pic.twitter.com/odPiXHGQL2
— prncs ♡ (@laaythagoddess) August 9, 2022
blac chyna when she sees white japan pic.twitter.com/MjZ4GXZGqp
— ami (@angrybIack) August 9, 2022