Rami Malek Video Message
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Rami Malek Video Message refers to a series of memes and jokes based on a viral video of actor Rami Malek refusing to take a video message with a fan and instead requesting a photograph.
On October 29th, 2018, Twitter user @enemyfilm tweeted, "THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME." The caption was followed by a video of the user and actor Rami Malek posing for "selfie." The woman asks if he can "say hi to her friends." He responds, "No, but we can take a picture." The post received more than 16,000 retweets and 96,000 likes in 24 hours.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME pic.twitter.com/qIesyA3eWQ
— xan 🌾 (@enemyfiIm) October 30, 2018
Following the post, @enemyfilm tweeted, "homeboy literally swiped my camera to Photo HIMSELF cause he saw it was a video nah im done with video messages." She then clarified, writing "i worded this wrong he didnt take a photo OF HIMSELF- i meant he swiped the camera options until it was on 'Photo' (i really hope that made sense)." The post received more than 90 retweets and 1,700 likes in 24 hours (shown below).
Following the post, people began posting jokes about the incident on Twitter. That evening, Twitter user @nycstarks tweeted, "rami seeing the phone is on video mode and not photo mode:" The post featured a photo of Malek looking concerned and received more than 280 retweets and 3,000 likes within 24 hours (shown below, left). Twitter user @sunnydelphia tweeted an image of a boy holding his hand out with the word "phone" above the palm. They captioned the post, "rami malek when he saw the phone on video mode." The post received more than 675 retweets and 4,500 likes in 24 hours.
Twitter user @ladybirdmp3 tweeted a One Perfect Shot parody, posting a deep-fried version of the encounter with the caption "'call me by your name (2017). The post received more than 610 retweets and 3,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below, right).
Several media outlets covered the meme, including The Daily Dot,  The Cut, BuzzFeed  and more. Additionally, Twitter published a Moments page on the incident.
 Twitter – @enemyfiIm's Tweet
 Twitter – @enemyfilm's Tweet
 Twitter – @nycstarks's Tweet
 Twitter – @sunnydelphia's Tweet
 Twitter – @ladybirdmp3's Tweet
 The Daily Dot – Rami Malek goes viral after shooting down fan’s video request
 The Cut – Fan Who Filmed Rami Malek Explains What Really Happened
 BuzzFeed – Rami Malik Has Been Exposed And I Am Dying At The Memes About It
 Twitter – Rami Malek is more of a photo guy than a video shoutouts guy
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