The Brief: Keke Palmer's "sorry to this man" monologue perfectly encapsulates the devastation of not being recognized.
“Sorry to this man” memes roast people by telling them that they are unrecognizable and insignificant. In a Vanity Fair video “Keke Palmer Takes A Lie Detector Test,” Hustlers and True Jackson VP actress Keke Palmer was asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney. After being shown a photo of him, she said:
“I hate to say it, I hope I don’t sound ridiculous. I don’t know who this man is. I mean he could be walking down the street I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t know a thing. Sorry to this man.”
A clip of this statement has been turned into a meme, showing how devastating of a burn it is to be unknown. “Sorry to this man” memes also convey how petty people can be when it comes to friendship and clout. Just as Keke lets on how unimportant Dick Cheney is to her, this meme can be applied to show how little someone cares about a person or thing.
When someone asks me about the guy I called “the love of my life” two weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/ozpiYoGhlI
— The Hip-Hop Homegirl (@TatyanaJenene) September 14, 2019
sorry to VICE (2018)
— Slade (@Slade) September 16, 2019
positive cultural impact:
keke palmer dick cheney
— grace (@gracbaum) September 12, 2019
“President Trump, your lawyer Rudy Giuliani said —
— Karen Howell (@karenehowell) September 24, 2019
me: please verify me
— matt gehring (@mattryanx) September 16, 2019
A Shakespeare character: *wears a thinly veiled disguise*
Their closest friends and family: pic.twitter.com/yPKD0yp9wR
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) September 16, 2019
Babies when you cover your face during peek a boo pic.twitter.com/auHOOOZm00
— Bhad Fhad (@marscuv) September 14, 2019
Amanda Waller: So you don’t know Batman’s true identity? Look at this photo.
— Hot Girl May Parker (@Steph_I_Will) September 21, 2019