Confused Private meme format depicting a confused-looking Penguin of Madagascar.

Confused Private

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Confused Private is an image macro depicting the penguin named Private from the 2014 Penguins of Madagascar movie. The image is a still taken from the film showing the character, Private, having a thousand-yard stare ahead of him, completely unaware of what is going on as he looks confused. This image is used as both a reaction image, conveying a lack of understanding, and as an image macro with text captions photoshopped on top to create a meme.


The first usage of Private in this context was in the /r/dankmemes[1] subreddit by Redditor /u/canihabekosovopls, who posted it on February 9th, 2017, receiving 15,600 upvotes and 102 comments in six months. This meme was used as part of the When Your Girlfriend Has A Twin Sister format and was the only use of this image template for several years (shown below).

When your girlfriend has a twin sister so you get confused and f--- her dad


The image of Private staring to the side with another overlaid image of himself was posted to the subreddit /r/MemeTemplatesOfficial[2] by Redditor Meemsouprice on August 19th, 2019. This version[2] became a template for a sub-type of the meme in the following years depicting Private having an out-of-body, disassociating reaction (shown below).

Well ok then

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External References

[1] Reddit – canihavekosovopls

[2] Reddit – meemsouprice

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