So Real for This

So Real for This

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So Real for This is a catchphrase used on social media to praise someone for being "real," meaning that they are relatable and true to common human values. The phrase first gained popularity on Twitter in October 2021, and is particularly popular with stan accounts.


On October 5th, 2021, Twitter[1] user @mayaisfiya posted a screenshot of a TikTok which imagined a cat throwing up after thinking about giving birth to multiple kittens, captioning the screenshot, "he's so real for this." The post, which accumulated over 14,900 retweets and 174,900 likes in one year, is the earliest viral use of the phrase "so real for this" on Twitter (shown below).

maya @mayaisfiya he's so real for this Just threw up a hair ball thinking about how female cats have to give birth to multiple kittens. I'm neutered btw 6:53 PM Oct 5, 2021 + 22.1K 249 500


In the following months, phrases "he was so real for this" and "she was so real for this" were used on Twitter to compliment celebrities on their down-to-earth, "real" actions. For example, on November 5th, Twitter[2] user @thelouvre made a tweet about Miley Cyrus that gained over 4,800 retweets and 83,300 likes in one year (shown below, left). On January 23rd, 2022, Twitter[3] user @witchblodes tweeted "she's so real for this" about the Euphoria character Lexi Howard, with the tweet gaining over 20,400 retweets and 139,000 likes in one year (shown below, right).

harry @thelouvre she was so real for this one Miley Ray Cyrus @MileyCyrus Broken phone to match our system / society 6:50 PM - 16 Jan 2019 Follow 6:15 PM - Nov 5, 2021 : mila @witchblodes lexi howard writes, reads and pretends to have fake interviews until 4am to escape from reality when she feels like a side character in her own life. she's so real for this. she's me and i am her. she's for the mirrorball girlies 10:13 PM Jan 23, 2022

Through 2022 and 2023, multiple tweets using the caption went viral. For example, on May 19th, 2022, Twitter[4] user @pastapilled used the phrase to comment on a song by The Smiths, with the tweet gaining over 12,800 retweets and 89,600 likes in nine months (shown below, left). On November 7th, 2022, Twitter[5] user @contrarianshit posted a screenshot of a Taylor Swift interview that gained over 10,500 retweets and 87,000 likes in three months (shown below, right).

mariana @pastapilled they were so real for this The Smiths Heaven Knows I'm Miserable The Smiths But heave KITC miserable now I was looking for a job and then I found a job And heaven knows I'm miserable now 3:06 PM - May 19, 2022 : tommy @contrarianshit she was so real for this tbh Interviewer. Are you a warrior? abc NEWS .com Yes I worry about everything abc NEWSSS .com 1:23 AM Nov 7, 2022

The catchphrase gained particularly with K-pop stans and other stan accounts on Twitter.

Various Examples

@northstardoll she was so real for this 11:02 PM . Nov 26, 2021 ... john guitar @emocabaret fall out boy was so real for this RE Good God, I wish I was tall Good God, I wish Good God, I wish I was tall Good God, I wish Good God, I wish I was tall Good God, I wish Good God, I wish I was tall Good God, I wish 4:40 PM Nov 12, 2021 ... AND the big homie @softbalIs mw2 was so real for this Joint Ops High Command 6:05 PM Oct 11, 2022 Blunt Trauma
@wrathsemilia she was so real for this I've killed people before. 11:56 AM. Feb 26, 2022 It does not matter. jae @momohyuka she was so real for this ์ฃผ๋ชฉ๋ฐ›๋Š” ์ผ์—๋Š” ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด ์—†์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋น„๋™์˜ 'You do not care about attention.' ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด ์—†์—ˆ์œผ๋ฉด ์ง€๊ธˆ ์—ฐ์˜ˆ์ธ ์•ˆ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ๊ฒ ์ฃ , If Idon't care, I wouldn't be a celeb. 8:44 PMยทMar 16, 2022 : Letterboxd โ—โ— @letterboxd scorsese is so real for this H This morning I got a letter from Martin Scorsese KOREA NOW 6:12 PM Jan 19, 2022 PA H But towards the end he wrote, You've done well. Now rest. But don't rest for too long." 7 NOW KOREA PAI : ... YONHAP NEWS AGENCY KO H PA I can't tell you what the whole letter was about because it's something personal NOW B PA He continued by saying how he and other directors were waiting for my next movie

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External References

[1] Twitter โ€“ @mayaisfiya

[2] Twitter โ€“ @thelouvre

[3] Twitter โ€“ @witchblodes

[4] Twitter โ€“ pastapilled

[5] Twitter โ€“ @contrarianshit

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