The Brief: Around Thanksgiving, memes featuring a family at a dinner table with captions along the lines of "look who decided to come out of their room" surged in popularity online.
For many, an image of people who appear to be extended family members sitting around a dining table and looking up expectantly captures a relatable experience of being the odd one out at a family gathering or holiday dinner. Near Thanksgiving, 2020, memes featuring this image circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms to represent awkward moments at Thanksgiving dinner. These memes are often paired with the caption “look who decided to come out of their room” to represent a scene where one family member who has been hiding in their bedroom is late to a group meal.
“look who decided to come out of their room!” pic.twitter.com/IKaej1cdTr
— Courtney O’Donnell (@thisiscourtnay) November 27, 2020
According to a reverse image search, the photo of the family was first posted on the website www.catholicismusa.com in 2014 before it spread to 4chan, Reddit, Tumblr, and then to Twitter in November 2020.
Variations of these memes often add a second image to show who the family is looking at. These include Robert Pattinson in his weird tracksuit photo, horror movie monsters, Anime characters, and a raccoon holding a kitten. Other memes add new captions to convey awkward or inappropriate things that family members may say.
“aha the socialist finally emerges from its bedroom haha we’re kidding.. come take a seat, honey” pic.twitter.com/UUwWX9Y5Xa
— Reagan (@ReagansTweets) November 26, 2020
"why don't you come down" pic.twitter.com/3cNaLZJ52Z
— sydney (@custardloaf) November 26, 2020
There’s our little “Tik Toker” shake a little ass for us! pic.twitter.com/5jjQxooYMX
— Lil Sasquatch (@lilsasquatch66) November 26, 2020
“hey look who brought chocolate for dessert! haha just joshing. have a seat we’re so excited to meet you“ pic.twitter.com/avfKOMN6vj
— giabuchi lastrassi (@jaboukie) November 27, 2020
“Look who decided to come out of their room!” pic.twitter.com/0pXZPvISN8
— 𝔠𝔥𝔞𝔬𝔱𝔦𝔠 𝔫𝔢𝔲𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔩 (@ryanxvx_) November 30, 2020
"look who decided to come out of their room!" pic.twitter.com/UwkE3G6fdn
— 🖤🥀 (@thering26) November 29, 2020
“look who decided to come out of their room!” pic.twitter.com/1jn893542C
— 😾 mari ^ceo of aizawa^ (@eraseerzawa) November 29, 2020
“look who decided to come out of their room!” pic.twitter.com/0QmOBt80ra
— kiera ⋆ (@shrimpslutt) November 29, 2020
"Look who decided to come out of their room!" pic.twitter.com/F69jh3oTSt
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) November 30, 2020