They Always Understand the Assignment meme example with uma thurman in four various acting roles.

They Always Understood the Assignment

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They Always Understood the Assignment is a catchphrase that, when paired with images of an actor or an actress in their various roles, is used as a way of complimenting their acting skill and range. Originating from a viral tweet, the meme and phrasal template gained popularity in March and April 2021, mainly on Twitter.

Origin

On March 12th, 2021, Twitter[1] user @thering26 posted four images of actress Uma Thurman in her roles from Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Batman & Robin, writing "Uma Thurman will always understand the assignment" to compliment on her acting skill and range. The post (shown below) received over 24,800 retweets and 145,500 likes in one month.


siu @thering26 Uma Thurman will always understand the assignment 7:29 PM 路 Mar 12, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

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Starting March 13th, 2021, Twitter users started using variations of the phrase "she always understands the assignment" to compliment various actors and actresses on their range. On that day, Twitter[2] user @BluRayAngel posted the earliest found derivative that utilized the format (shown below, left). Their post about actress Zoe Saldana received over 370 retweets and 3,000 likes in one month. On March 15th, Twitter[3] user @PleaseBeGneiss made a post about character actor Tim Curry that gained over 14,500 retweets and 129,000 likes in the same period (shown below, right).


BluRayAngel @BluRayAngel Zoe Saldana always understands the assignment 1:58 PM 路 Mar 13, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone slate @PleaseBeGneiss tim curry will always understand the assignment SYL NIAN 8:10 PM 路 Mar 15, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

In mid-to-late March, multiple tweets using the format were posted on Twitter, including viral tweets about Bratz dolls[4] (23,800 likes), actor Nicholas Hoult[5] (30,000 likes) and actress Viola Davis[6] (46,500 likes) (shown below, left to right).


k. @NINETIESRNB they understood the assignment every film. ngck Angpa babe wite Flirt hip 2:23 AM 路 Mar 21, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone suspended hannah @rejectedhannah Nicholas Hoult will always understand the assignment 1:20 PM 路 Mar 21, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone hag ira @mossarchives viola davis will always understand the assignment 12:18 PM 路 Mar 26, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

On April 3rd, 2021, Twitter[7] user @balladofsongs made a post about character actor Stanley Tucci that gained over 76,000 retweets and 619,000 likes (shown below).


day @balladofsongs no HE always understood the assignment 3:42 PM 路 Apr 3, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

Twitter user @balladofsongs' tweet prompted a surge in the popularity of the format, with multiple viral versions being posted in early April 2021, including tweets parodying the trend.

Various Examples


@cgarci_ Pedro Pascal ALWAYS understands the assignment 4:09 PM 路 Apr 2, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone peach @ceciliatallis the way he always understands the assignment 1:35 PM 路 Apr 4, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone best of anya taylor joy @anyafiles anya taylor joy will always understand the assignment 9:00 PM 路 Mar 18, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone
rivers @070703r okay but HE understands the assignment 11:15 PM 路 Apr 4, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone johan @malaymango yes yes they understood the assignment but did you? why haven't you started yours 1:22 AM 路 Apr 6, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone Silvanatorr @Silvanatorr20 he ALWAYS understood the assignment 4:25 PM 路 Apr 6, 2021 路 Twitter for Android

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External References

[1] Twitter 鈥 @thering26

[2] Twitter 鈥 @BluRayAngel

[3] Twitter 鈥 @PleaseBeGneiss

[4] Twitter 鈥 @NINETIESRNB

[5] Twitter 鈥 @rejectedhannah

[6] Twitter 鈥 @mossarchives

[7] Twitter 鈥 @balladofsongs

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