The Brief: #HeyAngel TikTok memes portray interactions between a cartoonish God and an angel where they have devastating misunderstandings.
The inspiration for the first and most popular TikTok #HeyAngel meme comes from a tweet by @climaxximus where an angel misunderstands God and gives the dinosaurs a meteor instead of “making them meatier.”
god: did you give the dinosaurs more muscle like I asked
angel: wait what
god: I told you to make them meatier
angel: oh MEATier
— cam (@climaxximus) January 30, 2020
TikToker @lizemopetey turned this premise into a skit in a video that received over 3.4 million likes.
@lizemopetey also created a sequel where “God” cries as he sees the bones of extinct dinosaurs.
@lizemopetey’s original video inspired a trend across TikTok where people imagine other miscommunications that God may have had with angels. Creators replicate @lizemopetey’s video style, using a paper towel beard to represent God and showing the angel and God crying over their tragic mix ups.
In mid September, TikTok featured this meme on its Discover page under the hashtag #HeyAngel. Videos associated with the hashtag have been viewed over 746 million times, although many videos under the hashtag are unrelated to the trend.
TikToker @emstayninety’s take on the trend shows an angel mistaking “ass steriods” for “asteroids” and killing the dinosaurs rather than giving them bigger butts.
On the wildfires burning on the West Coast:
Many #HeyAngel memes reference the Coronavirus pandemic, like this one where the angel mistakes “weekend clock down” with “we can lock down.”
On Twitter, references to the original meatier/meteor mixup remain popular.
— kyle (@unptxful) September 13, 2020
meteor meatier pic.twitter.com/nxCsKNrJUx
— elMARIAjin⁷ (@BitchTheres_7) September 19, 2020