Web finds new 'Shut Up' meme in Royal Wedding
The moving and meaningful image of 3-year-old bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem covering her ears immediately becomes a symbol for everything some of the Web would like silenced. Like Donald Trump.
You are, no doubt, catching up on your sleep after getting up in the middle of the night to watch all of the Royal Wedding.
You will have enjoyed your favorite moments: admiring the slimness of the bride, the baldness of the groom, or the wonderful joy of the cartwheeling clergyman.
However, the Web seems to have spoken with a resounding definitiveness and taken one small image of one small girl and turned it into a meme for the ages. Or at least the week.
The picture in question involves neither kissing nor hugging. Instead, it is one small section of a kissing and hugging photo--3-year-old bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem covering her ears as planes of war took the day off from bombing somewhere or other to fly overhead Buckingham Palace.
Hardly had the wedding dress been copied in a hundred countries than images of the little girl began appearing on pictures of characters that the Web would like to silence: Donald Trump, for example.
It wasn't long before another wag had attempted to silence Republican teapot, Michelle Bachman.
Sadly, the underrated Rebecca Black, who made everyone sing "Friday," voluntarily or not, also received some ear-covering love.
Of course, little Grace has already been graced with a Twitter hashtag, #frowningflowergirl. There, you will find links to her ear-blocking the Numa Numa Guy and even, quite strangely, Kanye West and Taylor Swift.
Someone even had the sacrilegious bent to attach her to Justin Bieber.
Some Twitterers have even chosen to use little Grace as their profile photo. Incredibly, some of these appear to work in the media.
And might you imagine that the Frowning Flower Girl already has her own, frightfully unofficial, Twitter feed? Oh, but of course. There she offers a lot of tweets that begin with "Me hearing..." followed by a few words and a link to a little Photoshop creativity.
If you thought that the Frowning Flower Girl's feed was created by someone neutral, you would, of course, be in error. For, yes, the creators manage to take an ear-covering poke at Apple and Steve Jobs.
You cannot control the Web. Once it decides it's going to take you to its bosom, you simply have to go with it. For at least 48 hours. And then, well, it might just get a little dull.