Monkey Haircut

Monkey Haircut

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Updated Jun 27, 2018 at 04:06AM EDT by Y F.

Added Sep 25, 2017 at 11:58AM EDT by Don.

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Monkey Haircut is a viral video of a young macaque monkey closing its eyes while receiving a haircut. Online, the video spawned a photoshop meme in which a screen capture from the video is superimposed into other base images to appear as if a variety of people and characters are cutting the monkey's hair.


On February 15th, 2017, the JFOX Facebook[6] page uploaded a video of a young macaque monkey receiving a haircut at a salon (shown below). Over the next seven months, the video gained over 3.8 million views, 55,700 shares and 35,000 reactions.


On February 17th, 2017, Redditor KevlarYarmulke uploaded a GIF of the video to /r/gif,[5] where it received upwards of 1,400 points (89% upvoted) and 50 comments over the next seven months.

GIF of a monkey getting a haircut patiently

On August 31st, 2017, the Brazilian Facebook[8] page “Macacos rindo de noticias chocantes” ("Monkeys laughing at shocking news" in English) posted a picture of a news story about a monkey who was electrified by power lines followed by a screen capture of the monkey getting a haircut (shown below). Over the next month, the post received more than 500 shares and 470 reactions.

Macaco morre eletrocutado em fiação na cidade de Ouro Preto-MG Incöndio podo cer motivo da fuga do animal para área urbana se men o mundo ja não eh mais o mesmo..

On September 24th, The Content Zone Facebook [7] page posted a picture of Donald Trump signing an executive order photoshopped to appear as if he is cutting the monkey's hair (shown below, left).. That day, the Meme Supreme Facebook[2] page posted a Pills That Make You Stare variation featuring the screen capture of a monkey getting a haircut (shown below).

photoshop meme of President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, giving a monkey a haircut Crossover meme of Pills that Make Cut Monkey Hair that a cat takes

Meanwhile, Redditor Shaponja submitted a post asking if the photoshop meme was "on the rise" to /r/MemeEconomy.[1] That evening the @MonkeyHaircut[4] Twitter feed was launched, which highlights various examples of the meme.

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Rambo giving a monkey a haircut Bro doctor giving a monkey haircut Really young looking attorney giving a monkey a haircut Donald Trump at a wrestling match giving a monkey a haircut in the ring IKEA monkey giving a monkey haircut Loss edit meme of the final frame being giving a monkey a haircut

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