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Here’s a hot dog meme compilation so that we can finally let him die

I could write a think piece on the Hot Dog meme that’s dominated the last few weeks on social media, but I value myself — and you — too highly for that.

So here’s a roundup of some of the best memes, accompanied by some facts.

Hot Dog is a filter on Snapchat that can be added to any photo and video. Its earliest appearance was on 23 June, when someone filmed their friend getting a nose piercing accompanied by the mascot.

The ten second video has over 42 000 views on YouTube.

Hot Dog then started harassing sleeping cats.

And then naturally became affiliated with pornographic material.

People had fun with him for a while.

A Chrome extension even allowed users to replace all Facebook images with Hot Dog’s likeness.

But things quickly turned sinister.

After having received a few weeks of fame, it’s time for Hot Dog’s retirement. May he rest peacefully, free from reminding us of the postmodern hell we live in today.

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More