Reddit Rickrolls the real Rick Astley

When it comes to memes from the early aughts, some people are just never going to give them up.

For Gen Zers who were too young to be trolling online in the 2000s, Rickrolling was a very, very popular (Editor’s note: and very, very annoying) bait-and-switch prank that involved tricking people to click on disguised hyperlinks that would lead them to the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

It was such a phenomenon that Astley himself even knew about it and mentioned in a 2016 Rolling Stone article that it didn’t bother him because it introduced his music to a whole new generation — which is a sweet thought but more likely probably has a Pavlovian effect on the majority of millennials who cannot listen to the song without getting instantly annoyed.

But when Rick Astley posted a wholesome photo on Reddit of him riding a bike backstage in Las Vegas during his first tour, one Redditor couldn’t help themselves and recognized the opportunity was too rare and too perfect to not take advantage of.

“I think I might cry!!! It’s actually you,” Redditor theMalleableDuck wrote. “I met you at a backstage event when I was 12. Seriously a big fan. I’ve seen you in concert five times.”

Anyone who was actively online in 2008 might pause before clicking the link considering the circumstances. But sweet, innocent Rick Astley who never had a problem with becoming a meme, clicked on the link and was immediately Rickrolled.

Astley responded with a clapping emoji, proving he opened the link expecting to find a sweet photo of a fan and instead ended up watching himself in a cheesy ’80s music video.

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