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“That’s Cute” (otherwise known as “That’s Adorable”) is a sarcastic expression used to patronize or dismiss someone’s self-complacency or boastful statement, similar to the phrase “bitch, please.” It is typically used to juxtapose the capabilities or accomplishments of two comparable subjects, as seen in image macro series like Unimpressed Astronaut and Condescending Wonka.

Origin

The phrase “that’s cute” has been used as a colloquial expression for many years prior to its online adaptations. The first Urban Dictionary[1] entry was submitted by user sweetsean93 on February 2nd, 2010, defining the phrase as a sarcastic declaration used in response to an annoying comment or sophomoric statement.

Usage in Image Macros

On June 5th, 2011, Redditor eps101 submitted a post titled “Oh, Charlie” to the /r/pics[2] subreddit, featuring an image macro of Charlie Sheen bragging about the amount of drugs he had consumed, followed by a photograph of writer Hunter S. Thompson with the caption “You’re adorable” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 12,700 up votes and 700 comments.

Spread

On March 10th, 2012, FunnyJunk[5] user ghostytrickster submitted a post titled “That’s Cute,” featuring an image macro comparing Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony to the deceased German Nazi Party leader Adolph Hitler (shown below, left). On May 30th, Redditor bekbekbekaw submitted a post titled “That’s cute” to the /r/funny[4] subreddit, featuring an image macro of Miley Cyrus referring to herself as a “stoner” accompanied by the photo of Hunter S. Thompson from Redditor eps101’s image macro (shown below, right).

On August 31st, Redditor cockpunch25 submitted an image macro to the /r/funny[3] subreddit, featuring a photograph of pop star Justin Bieber complaining about growing up with divorced parents, followed by a picture of rapper Eminem with the caption “That’s cute” (shown below, left). Within two months, the post received over 6,800 up votes and 315 comments. On October 28th, the Cheezburger site Memebase published an image macro comparing the rapper Drake with the character Walt from Breaking Bad (shown below, right).

The phrase is often used in the Unimpressed Astronaut image macro series, in which a photograph of an astronaut walking on the moon is captioned with grievances about long-distance travel followed by a dismissive statement (shown below, left). The image macro series Advantages of Science uses the similar expression “That’s cool” in response to biblical understandings of natural phenomenon (shown below, middle). The phrase is also commonly used in the Condescending Wonka advice animal series, in which a screen capture of Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) from the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is captioned with patronizing and sarcastic statements.

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External References

[1]Urban Dictionary – That’s Cute

[2]Reddit – Oh Charlie

[3]Reddit – That’s Cute, Justin

[4]Reddit – That’s cute

[5]FunnyJunk – That’s Cute

[6]9gag – You went skydiving today?

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Matrix Morpheus is an advice animal image macro series featuring a screen capture of the fictional character Morpheus[1] (played by Lawrence Fishburne) from The Matrix franchise.[2] The captions typically follow a two line format with the first line reading “What if I Told You,” followed by a revelation that often belittles futile or petty behavior, in a similar vein to the advice animal characters Conspiracy Keanu and Sudden Clarity Clarence.

Origin

While the line “What if I told you” was never heard in any of the Matrix films, it thought to be a paraphrased interpretation of a scene from The Matrix in which Morpheus informs the protagonist Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) that he lives in is a computer simulation (shown below, left). A different screen capture used in many of the image macros comes from a scene in which Morpheus warns Neo about the artificial intelligence programs known as “Agents” (shown below, right).

On February 11th, 2012, Redditor haveacigaro submitted a post titled “Morpheus Uses a Mac” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[4] subreddit, which featured a screenshot of Morpheus sitting in a chair with a caption informing Macintosh computer users how to take a screenshot using a keyboard shortcut (shown below).

Spread

On March 27th, 2012, Redditor matthewkol186 submitted a Matrix Morpheus image macro with the caption “What if I told you / the side with the USB symbol will always be the top side” (shown below, left),[5] which received over 620 up votes and 35 comments prior to being archived. On the following day, Redditor lindyhop411 submitted an image macro titled “Why I could never take Morpheus seriously” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[6] subreddit, which featured a screen capture of Lawrence Fishburn as the character Cowboy Curtis in the children’s television show Pee Wee’s Playhouse (shown below, right). Prior to being archived, the post received over 8,000 up votes and 200 comments. As of December 28th, 2012, the Quickmeme[3] page for “Matrix Morpheus” has received over 33,000 submissions.

Notable Examples


Cat Morpheus

On March 25th, 2012, Redditor ZeLittleMan submitted an image macro titled “Cat Morpheus” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[7] subreddit, which featured a black-and-white photograph of a cat wearing sunglasses with the caption “What if I told you / you can’t catch the red dot” (shown below, left). Prior to being archived, the post received over 7,700 up votes and 70 comments. As of December 28th, 2012, the “Cat Morpheus” Quickmeme[8] page has received over 100 submissions.

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External References

[1]Wikipedia – Morpheus

[2]Wikipedia – The Matrix

[3]Quickmeme – Matrix Morpheus

[4]Reddit – Morpheus uses a Mac

[5]Reddit – Matrix Morpheus

[6]Reddit – Why I could never take Morpheus seriously

[7]Reddit – Cat Morpheus

[8]Quickmeme – Cat Morpheus

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