What Do You Think He's Listening To? meme format and example.

What Do You Think He's Listening To?

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Updated Apr 26, 2021 at 01:08PM EDT by Noerdy.

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What Do You Think He's Listening To refers to a Girls vs. Boys exploitable meme format in which two women at the gym wonder what Yes Chad is listening to while lifting heavy weights, assuming its hard rock. The last panel subverts expectations by revealing that Yes Chad is listening to a different genre. The meme was popularized in mid-2021 across a wide range of platforms.

Origin

On March 12th, 2021, artist JakeArmorSmith posted a two-panel redrawn Girls vs. Boys meme in which Trad Girl and Doomer Girl wonder what "Yes Chad" is listening to while lifting barbells, assuming that it's death metal or hard rock. The second panel reveals that Yes Chad is listening to monkey screams. The meme (shown below) received over 4,000 views and 62 favorites on DeviantArt[1] and 19 retweets and over 100 likes on Twitter[2] in one month.


What do you think he's listening to? Probably Death Metal or Hard Rock. S00 SOo JukeAmorsmith 500

On April 7th, 2021, Redditor[3] Sanjidclefaesstus9 posted the earliest found edited version of the meme in which the background of the second panel is replaced with the cover arts of several JoJo's Bizarre Adventure opening themes and Ween's album The Mollusk. The post received over 12,900 upvotes in /r/ShitPostCrusaders[3] in five days (shown below).


Probably Death Metal or Hard Rock. What do you think he's listening to? ween Great 500

Spread

In the following days, several viral edits of the image were posted on Reddit and Facebook, with users replacing the background of the second panel with covers of various albums and still images from music videos. For example, on April 8th, 2021, Redditor[4] Mista-Chang posted an edit that received over 1,200 upvotes in the /r/ShitPostCrusaders subreddit in four days (shown below, left). On April 9th, the Facebook[5] meme page President Anime Memes made a post that garnered over 1,600 reactions and 350 shares in three days (shown below, center). On the same day, Redditor Amripal posted a meme that received over 42,200 upvotes in /r/memes[6] in the same period (shown below, right).


What do you think he's listening to? Probably Death Metal or Hard Rock. What do you think he's listening to? Probably Death Metal or Hard Rock. 1198 m sail to Abaco Island O rescue 14416 R What do you think he's listening to? Prolly hard rock and heavy metal President Anime Memes MAPPA 500 SOO く 500

In addition to image versions, video versions of the meme were also made. For example, on April 10th, 2021, iFunny[7] user hypothermia posted a Renai Circulation meme that received over 950 smiles in three days (shown below).



The format maintained moderate popularity in mid-April 2021 with multiple versions posted, primarily on Reddit and Facebook.

Various Examples


What do you think he's listening to? Probably heavy metal or hard rock. Silly Songs @Christianm3mes with SO What do you think he's listening to? Probably heavy metal or hard rock. くい 500 300 Probably Death Metal or Hard Rock. What do you think he's listening to? S00 500
What do you think he's listening to? Probably heavy metal or hard rock. Gummy bear (clean) Soo S00 S00 ここ 500 What do you think he's listening to? Probably heavy metal or hard rock. S00 50 JukeAmorsmit What do you think he's listening to? Probably heavy metal or hard rock. Lderatare Clal Official Saundtrack SOo 500 Jukeersmith

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Paul Blart: Meme Cop
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Despite being an inverted reskin of "That Girl Is So Cute, I Wonder What She's Listening To…" this is probably the first iteration of this meme I don't hate. It's blurry but at least it uses different artwork and not the same wojaks as the other 50 iterations of this meme use. Second of all, it doesn't berate one point of view or action of one person while idolizing that of another. It just takes a stereotype and shows how one can break it, and that's the joke. Its not all that creative or original but there is a joke here.

Memes that attack one viewpoint or action can be funny if built with a sense of irony (see the original Virgin vs. Chad meme, where the virgin's typically normal actions are portrayed as overly negative, contrasted with the Chad's outlandish and over the top actions that would be considered outrageous for an actual person to do, hence the joke.) but far too often I see people load their actual thoughts into these memes without a punchline. If there is no punchline, make a text post. You don't need a macro to share an opinion.

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