The Brief: TikTokers are making fun of people or things they've enjoyed, but are now ready to let go or leave behind by lip-syncing to a clip of Cardi B from the 2019 Met Gala.

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The “Ladies And Gentlemen, It Was Lovely To Have You This Year” TikToks sees creators making fun of the things they’ve enjoyed for some time, but are now ready to let go or leave behind. 

The audio is from a clip of Cardi B at the 2019 Met Gala. She cryptically thanks guests for attending before waving them off.  “Ladies and gentlemen, it was lovely to have you this year. See you next year, or not!” she finished, before laughing hysterically.

The video surfaced on May 4, the day in which the 2020 Met Gala was supposed to take place. It was canceled due to Coronavirus concerns.

https://twitter.com/starstucky/status/1257524644254552066?s=20

There are over 130,000 videos linked to the sound.

Creator @Astr0l0gyh0e’s video was about leaving her real personality behind as she returns to school. It garnered over 1.9 million views and 578,000 likes.

@kathleendelaneyyy

yuppp

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TikToker @tallthomass’ video reflected on schools grappling with the global pandemic. The video received over 2.1 million views and 660,000 likes.

https://www.tiktok.com/@tallthomass/video/6864891483737132294

@Itzzme.tyler’s video took the COVID joke a little further. It depicted the virus teasing its possible resurgence in 2021. The video amassed over 1.1 million views and 170,000 likes.

@itzzme.tyler

I am heading to 2021 who’s coming with me 🤔 #viral #foryou #foryoupage #fyp #trend #trending

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Other takes:

@devonnh

idk middle school does something to you

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@shawneygg

looks like an early christmas for me😌 #sugarbaby #dark #TodayILearned

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