These Are Their Stories
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"These Are Their Stories" is a memorable quote from the opening sequence of several procedural drama television shows in the Law & Order franchise. On Tumblr, the phrase is often used to caption photographs of actor Chrisopher Meloni in bizarre or sexually suggestive poses.
From 1999 to 2011, Meloni played the role of Detective Elliot Stabler on the procedural drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. During the show's opening sequence, a narrator introduces the show's police unit, followed by the phrase "these are their stories":
"In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York city, The dedicated detectives that investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."
On March 10th, 2015, Tumblr user gracefulswansofnever highlighted a photograph of Meloni posed against a lamppost with the caption "these are their stories" (shown below). Within nine days, the post gained over 91,000 notes.
On March 14th, Tumblr users Abs0luteb4stard (shown below, left) and Angstasy (shown below, middle) posted photos of Meloni with the caption "These are their stories," garnering more than 4,800 and 2,100 notes respectively. On March 16th, Tumblr user mens-rights-activia highlighted a candid picture of Meloni stretching over a railing, accumulating upwards of 4,500 notes in 72 hours (shown below, right).
In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Tumblr meme, including BuzzFeed, Zimbio, MTV News and Vulture.
 Wikipedia – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
 Tumblr – These are their stories
 Tumblr – gracefulswansofnever
 BuzzFeed – This Is The New Meme All Law and Order SVU Fans Need
 Zimbio – Christopher Meloni in Underwear Is the Hot New Meme
 MTV News – Elliot Stablers Butt Is Officially The Meme Youll Never Get Sick Of
 Vulture – This Christopher Meloni Meme Is Very Good
 Tumblr – abs0luteb4stard
 Tumblr – mens-rights-activia
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