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Look At This Distinguished Gentleman

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About

Look At This Distinguished Gentleman refers to a popular original sound on TikTok often used over videos of animals doing strange or funny things, originating from a video of a man talking about how distinguished his cat looks sitting in a lounge chair. The original video was uploaded in March 2020, and the sound has been used in over 90,000 videos on TikTok since. The phrase is also used as a catchphrase on sites like Reddit, and Twitter, often as a post title referring to cute animals.

Origin

On March 31st, 2020, TikToker[1] @tigerkittychongles, aka Paul Provosty, posted a video of his cat sitting in a lounge chair somewhat like a person, saying, "Look at this distinguished gentleman. Look at the way he is sitting. Yes, very distinguished. Mm-hmm, I see," (shown below). The video gained over 2.9 million views in a year.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6810495249220259077

Spread

The original sound for Provosty's video went viral over the course of the year, mostly used over videos of animals sitting in funny ways or doing strange things (examples shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6906139340674452742
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6905795751473941761

On October 28th, 2020, TikToker @amy_kittens posted a video set to the sound, garnering over 9.6 million views in seven months (shown below, left). On February 18th, 2021, TikToker @winterpomsky posted a video using the sound, garnering over 8.6 million views in three months (shown below, right). These are the two most popular videos using the sound as of May 17th, 2021.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6888829002207759622
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6930665256486309126

On April 11th, YouTuber NotboyXD posted a compilation of TikToks starting with one of these videos titled, "Look at this distinguished gentleman," garnering over 2.2 million views in a month (shown below).



Use As A Catchphrase

Outside of TikTok, variations of the phrase "Look At This Distinguished Gentleman" are often used online in post-text and captions to describe images of cute animals. This can be seen across most social media platforms, notably on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit. One of the earliest examples of this was posted as the title to a cute cat picture to /r/aww[2] on May 15th, 2020, by u/artboxcreationsinc, garnering over 2,900 upvotes in a year. The Faceboook[3][4] page "Woof Woof," which posts images of cute dogs, often uses the phrase on posts (example shown below).


Woof Woof February 14 -0 Look at this distinguished gentleman +2

On January 21st, 2021, @smudge_lord, the account for Smudge the Cat posted a photo using the caption, garnering over 80,000 likes in four months (shown below).


IN smudge_lord O O Jan 21, 2021 at 1:53 PM Look at this distinguished gentleman

On March 15th, 2021, 9Gag's Facebook[5] page used the phrase on a photo of a cute dog, garnering over 32,000 reactions and 4,400 shares in two months (shown below). They shared the photo on Instagram[6] the next day, garnering over 500,000 likes in the same span of time.


9GAG O 9) March 15 · O Look at this distinguished gentleman pringles_maltipoo |IG

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6870292139943677189
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6903211693497699586
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6872464492962254085
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6854981208879795462
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6837588403618516229
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6884027066090687746

Search Interest

External References

[1] TikTok – #gentleman

[2] Reddit – Look at this distinguished gentleman

[3] Facebook – woof woof

[4] Facebook – Look at this distinguished gentleman

[5] Facebook – 9gag

[6] Instagram – 9gag

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