Earlier this week a meme was born and it is known as ‘Damn, Daniel.’
What is ‘Damn, Daniel’, you ask?
At its core, it’s a funny Twitter video of a high schooler, Daniel, being repeatedly complimented by a friend for his cool outfits and white Vans, using the eponymous phrase: “Damn, Daniel.”
Here's the video and the tweet in question:
Damn Daniel pic.twitter.com/Va10hmpePO— josh (@josholzz) February 16, 2016
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Does it all sound stupid to you? That’s fine if it does. It probably just means you’re of an older demographic and have real things to occupy your mind like, hmm...we don’t know, student loans, a baby, or what to get for lunch.
The fact of the matter is that the video went viral, with the phrase “Damn, Daniel” spilling out into everyday life, with many of its followers and evangelists likely using it as a joking way of complimenting their friends— or at least that's what GQ suspects:
“...we wouldn't be surprised if in the coming weeks, "Daaaaaaamn Daniel" becomes the cool new way to express your approval of something. (i.e., "Daaaaaamn Daniel, this soup is dope!")”
To be honest, we don’t believe that GQ has ever been the Punxsutawney Phil of Internet culture. Can you think of the last time the men’s magazine foretold anything on such a grand scale that wasn’t a popular shoe?
We should note though that Teen Vogue (another supposed gatekeeper of very relevant pop culture) is “inclined to agree with GQ.”
As for Metro? We think this too shall pass.
Matt Lee is a web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely@mattlee2669.