TikTok users have taken a serious trend and turned it into a meme to vent their frustrations. The gunshot TikTok trend has people sharing the minor problems they’ve had to overcome in the most dramatic way.
The man who claimed he created the trend, though, said his intent was for it to be a serious moment of vulnerability, and expressed disappointment in its evolution.
Here’s where the sound came from:
The origins of the meme’s sound come from a video by @gysleenee, where she “finger dances” to the sound of gunshots.
There are currently over 86,000 videos associated with the sound on TikTok.
The gunshot trend became a lighthearted means of making fun of one’s own ‘struggles’
@funkyfitz‘s approach was more melodramatic than tragic.
“You don’t know what I’ve been through,” she said. “Voltron phase in middle school. Can’t make eye contact. Four hours of Genshin every day. Can’t drive. Poop jokes.”
Then @rosiedavis123 and her friends revealed their so-called “struggles.”
“You know our names not our stories,” the caption read. “Liked a ginger. Cankles. Accidentally spent $150 on a two-minute Uber. Has an iPhone 7. Business major at ASU. Cut from the high school volleyball team.”
Meanwhile, @madozilla used it to poke fun of herself.
“You do not know what I have been through,” @madozilla said. “Boobs are social distancing. Gua sha won’t get rid of my double chin. Sausage fingers. DoorDash locked my account.”
The original version of the gunshot trend was much more serious
“If you only knew what I’ve been through. Somehow I’m still here,” he said in the video.
He told Rolling Stone he was disappointed the trend became lighthearted, claiming he was the first to start the trend by reacting to it as if he was being shot. He said he did that because he felt like he had been shot at his whole life.
“They saw it, they stole it, and they ignored the pain behind the story,” he said of the creators who took part in the trend.
After @joeycassanova spoke out, some creators took down their videos. He said he doesn’t harbor ill will to those who jumped into the trend without knowing its backstory, but he’s hurt that a moment of vulnerability became a trend.
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