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 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).
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 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 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).
Through 2022 and 2023, multiple tweets using the caption went viral. For example, on May 19th, 2022, Twitter 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 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).
The catchphrase gained particularly with K-pop stans and other stan accounts on Twitter.
 Twitter – @mayaisfiya
 Twitter – @thelouvre
 Twitter – @witchblodes
 Twitter – pastapilled
 Twitter – @contrarianshit
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