The Brief: Reddit is being infiltrated with memes and GIFs of dancing cockroaches, who are often rainbow-colored.
Dancing Cockroach GIFs On Reddit
GIFs of dancing cockroaches can be found all over Reddit from the Dank Memes subreddit to communities specifically dedicated to cockroach memes. These GIFs come from a YouTube video of a dancing, scatting cockroach, which, according to Know Your Meme, was created in 2015 and became popular in 2019.
In June 2020, Redditors started changing their profile pictures to and posting images of the dancing cockroach, often paired with the word bröthër with added accent marks and umlauts. This is part of a meme-led movement to spam the internet with dancing cockroaches using tactics reminiscent of the TikTok Cult Wars.
The largest subreddit dedicated to this movement r/rgbroachgang was founded on June 8, 2020, and has over 21,400 members. According to the page’s description, it’s “A place for people with all types of roach profile pics can hangout.” There’s also a Discord server for this community which is host to many dancing cockroach GIFs. Another sub r/vibingcockroach has over 800 members or “insect vibers.”
Memes of this digital dancing cockroach have spread across Reddit, where they’re popular in memes, posts, comments, and profile pictures.
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If you’re looking for more dancing cockroach content of a slightly different genre, check out @khyra.xo on TikTok, whose entire account is dedicated to videos of her in a cockroach costume.