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About

British People or British People Be Like is a series of memes making fun of British people and English accents and stereotypes.

Origin

Memes making fun of English accents likely have existed since the Internet began. One of the earliest available examples is a my face when copypasta from 4chan exaggerating English people's use of posh vocabulary (shown below).


File : 1321205442.jpg-(76 KB, 399x300, 1321143811349.jpg) O Anonymous 11/13/11(Sun)12:30:42 No.363205897 >my face when Americans call chips "french fries" >my face when Americans call crisps "chips" >my face when Americans call chocolate globbernaughts "candy bars" >my face when Americans call motorized rollinghams "cars" >my face when Americans call merry fizzlebombs "fireworks" >my face when Americans call wunderbahboxes a "PC" >my face when Americans call meat water "gravy" >my face when Americans call electro-rope "power cables" >my face when Americans call beef wellington ensemble with lettuce a "hamburger" >my face when Americans call whimsy flimsy mark and scribblers "pens" >my face when Americans call twisting plankhandles "doorknobs" >my face when Americans call a breaddystack a "sandwich" >my face when Americans call their hoighty toighty tippy typers "keyboards" >my face when Americans call nutty-gum and fruit spleggings "peanut butter and jelly" >my face when Americans call an upsy stairsy the "escalator" >my face when Americans call forcey fun time "r---" >my face when Americans call a knittedy wittedy sheepity sleepity a "sweater" >my face when Americans call rickedy-pop a "gear shift" >my face when Americans call a choco chip bicky wicky a "cookie" >my face when Americans call peepee friction pleasure "sex" >my face when Americans call a pip pip gollywock a "screwdriver" >my face when Americans call a rooty tooty point-n-shooty a "gun" >my face when Americans call a ceiling-bright a "lightbulb" >my face when Americans call a blimpy bounce bounce a "ball" >my face when Americans call a slippery dippery long mover a "snake" >my face when Americans call cobble-stone-clippity-clops "roads"

However, the trend did not start in earnest until at least 2017. On July 24th, 2017, Twitter user @Z0YAHKHAN786 tweeted a joke mocking the use of posh vocabulary. The post received more than 11,000 likes and 4,000 retweets in less than three years (shown below, left).

The following year, on May 15th, 2018, a popular tweet from Twitter user D0GGEAUX using the phrase "Right, what's all this then" that was popularized received over 10,000 likes and 1,800 retweets (shown below, right).


Zane @ZOYAKHAN786 me: h british person: I can't believe call it "bread" instead of bumberhooten tittyknuckles 7/24/17, 2:51 PM sargon of ACAB @DOGGEAUX british person [having his intestines ripped out through his stomach while hyenas feast on his legs]: Right. What's all this then 5/15/18, 4:28 PM 1,832 Retweets 10.7K Likes

Precursors

Memes making fun of British history have circulated on the subreddit /r/HistoryMemes since at least April 2017. On April 19th, 2017, Redditor[1] xX_The_legend_27_Xx posted a Who Would Win? meme ridiculing Britain's role in the Suez Crisis (shown below). The British People Be Like meme is also preceded by the White People Be Like / Black People Be Like meme that exaggerates and parodies the behaviours of black and white people. Additionally, memes that similarly made fun of people's nationalities such as Balkan memes became popular sometime in April 2019.

WHO WOULD WIN? some overweight guy declaring a manmade hole filled with water belongs to his country the entire British empire

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On January 1st, 2019, Twitter user @brendandagawd tweeted, "British ppl be having sex like 'mmm yes splendid ah indeed scrumptious carry on.'" The tweet received more over 13,000 likes and 3,500 retweets in less than two years. Redditor fAkestTreemAkeSships later posted a screenshot of @brendandagawd's tweet on the /r/WhitePeopleTwitter[2] subreddit on May 1st, where it received more than 10,000 upvotes. It was later paraphrased by Twitter user yung_butters on July 7th in a tweet[3] that received over 400,000 likes and 100,000 retweets (shown below, right). @yung_butters' tweet was included in a list[4] of British People tweets that Buzzfeed published on July 31st.


brendan @brendandagawd British ppl be having sex like "mmm yes splendid ah indeed scrumptious carry on" 9:21 PM 路 Jan 1, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone 3.5K Retweets 13.7K Likes @yung_butters british people be having sex like: mmmm yes splendid ah indeed scrumptious carry on good heavens i'm arriving 7:17 PM 路 Jul 7, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone

British People memes spread from that point. On August 25th, 2019, a featured British People meme from iFunny user VicRattlehead received 65,000 smiles (shown below, left). The Nobody: meme included a close-up of primitive Patrick Star from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants to mock the British stereotype of poor dental hygiene. On December 24th, Twitter user @tvrtlx posted a British People Be Like tweet that gained over 31,000 likes and 8,000 retweets in less than one year (shown below, right).


Americans: British people: "imagine not having free healthcare" Christian @tvrtlx Britsh mfs gettin jumped be like "unhand me" 1:16 AM 路 12/24/19 路 Twitter for iPhone 8,847 Retweets 31.1K Likes

On March 21st, 2020, a tweet from Twitter user @skintinty mocking British teen movies received more than 190,000 likes and 22,000 retweets (shown below, left). Another British People tweet posted on March 26th, 2020 by user @queersocialism earned over 700,000 likes and 100,000 retweets. @queersocialism鈥檚 post may have inspired a series of tweets mocking English accents from various users. On April 9th Buzzfeed published a list[5] of British People tweets posted between March 26th and April 1st, each ranging from several hundred to several hundred thousand likes.


mariam @skintinty british teen movies be like danny the sex god looked at me today. too bad slaggy lindsay was all over him in french class...how am EYE (a total knobhead who still wears day of the week knickers) gonna get him to snog me at the party? right whats all this then 1:14 PM 路 3/21/20 路 Twitter for iPhone 22.1K Retweets 190K Likes read pedagogy of the oppress... @queersocialism british ppl be like "litchrally" 02:09 路 2020-03-26 路 Twitter for iPhone 127K Retweets 715K Likes

On April 1st, TikToker @ajwildflower posted a video laughing and reading British People tweets with an English accent, gaining more than 2 million views and 300,000 likes.[6] An extended version was uploaded to YouTube by YouTuber DROLL on April 6th received over 250,000 views in just over two months (shown below, left), The video inspired some animators to animate the Tik Tok, such YouTuber Mika whose video posted on May 17th gained over 70,0000 views in under a month (shown below, right).


Various Examples


YEAH IM BRI'ISH OW'D YOU KNOW British people going to hell for being british
WAIT YOU GUYS ARE ACTUALLYBRITISH I THOUGHT IT WAS A -JOKE OI BRUV IVE AD ME ONLYFANS SET UP, YEAH? WIF ME NYUDES AND THAT ITS QUITE CHEAP INNIT, 5 QUID TO SEE ME BUM. RATHER SCHTEWPID NOT TO, RIGHT THEN, CHEERS

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