Grumpy Cat grumpily absconds with Vagrant meme
Robot 6 reports controversy surrounding a Grumpy Cat T-shirt. Being a person of the Generation X persuasion, everything about it astounds and confuses me, but apparently Kate Beaton was involved. In summary:
Among the most popular shirts, Gawker points out, is one that combines a photo of Grumpy Cat with the caption “I HAD FUN ONCE/IT WAS AWFUL,” which, after a stop off at Reddit, where it became attached to the feline, actually originated with cartoonist Kate Beaton’s popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant! Gawker, which concluded that the best way to get rich from memes is to “steal other memes,” contacted Beaton for her take.
Things I find baffling:
1.) That people are willing wearing an internet meme on a gray shirt
2.) That Kate Beaton apparently had a Gawker?
3.) That there’s even such a thing as Gawker?
4.) That the entire quote I posted above would baffle and confuse English teachers from 20 years ago.
For the record, Ms. Beaton seems to be cool with it:
“No, I never authorized anything. And some people will argue that I never wrote the joke, that it’s ‘been around forever,’ she tells the website. “But I made a comic, and one panel became a meme, and that’s fine. The nature of a joke is to take on a life of its own. At some point, the meme was applied to Grumpy Cat, where it fit well. It is only how Grumpy Cat is aggressive about protecting their brand with that joke as part of it that has ever rubbed me the wrong way.”
Also, apparently the people behind Grumpy Cat said something like, “We’ve got a saying over here in team meme: ‘Respect the cat,’” and it makes me weep for our generation.