Drag queen Trixie Mattel is TikTok’s star of the week

This week, Beyoncé posted her first TikTok and Noah Schnapp broke his silence by posting a math video after being called out by Doja Cat for being a snake. Meanwhile, regular TikTok users shared things that do well with teens, girls, and lesbians, posted about things that pissed them off, and participated in keep singing along challenges.

I’m big with teens, girls, lesbians…

In a recent interview with Vice News, beloved drag queen Trixie Mattel said, “I’m big with teens, girls, lesbians, the mentally ill, the very sad, folk music fans…” She’s playing off of the running internet joke that her fans are entirely queer women . Obviously, the iconic soundbite became fodder for TikToks. Creators are posting other people, things, and media that perform well with those demographics. The more absurd the better. The clip has been used in over 3,000 TikToks.

My favorite example of the trend was posted by @gigiontherun and features a singular photo of Tom Wambsgans from Succession with the text, “a list of people who love Tom Wambsgans.” He’s quite possibly the least likely champion of these groups. A popular example is a video of Diet Coke posted by @annilese.22 it accumulated nearly 400,000 views and over 36,000 likes.

Image of Tom Wambsgans from Estate.

An king unlikely.
Credit: TikTok / gigiontherun

Tell me something that will piss me off

A TikTok posted by @artimuswolz has become the soundtrack to over 90,000 videos. In the original video, Wolz says, “Ugh I need to feel something. Harry can you tell me something that will piss me off?” Offscreen Harry says, “Boba Fett is better than Mando.” Wolz responds, “Yup, that will do it.” The video was posted on June 10 and has racked up over a million views and nearly 150.00 likes. In a shocking turn of events, TikTokkers are using the audio to share the relatable or hyper-specific things that piss them off.

When Harry says, “Bobba Fett is better than Mando,” the creator reveals the thing that pisses them off. Some examples of the trend include @mattiebasement’s video about the controversial supermarket frosted cookies and @tiffanymariex3’s video that reads, “Relaxxx, it’s not that serious.”

A screenshot of a TikTok of a boy screaming over an image of grocery store cookies that reads,

For the record, these cookies do suck.
Credit: TikTok/mattiebasement

Sing along challenge

Fans flexing their knowledge have reached new heights on TikTok. Keep singing along challenges have long been a genre on the platform, but a new iteration of the trend recently gained popularity. The first popular version of the challenge featured creators singing along to the most complicated lyrics of their favorite musicians. The next iteration was a lot weirder. Creators edited out the aforementioned complicated lyrics and made selectively instrumental versions of the song. Then TikTokkers would hold their audience hostage with a spray bottle, threatening to spray any viewer that did not correctly sing along. Fans would duet the video and proudly perform their expertise.

That brings us to the latest variety of the trend where TikTokkers are singing along to the instrumental versions of songs unprompted to show their devotion to the artist.

Screenshot of a TikTok of a girl singing with the caption,

It’s actually really hard!
Credit: TikTok / tobesolyanne

Due to my unique algorithm, I’ve mostly seen this trend set to songs by One Direction and Taylor Swift, but the trend exists across fandoms. The One Direction song of choice for the challenge is the fast-paced bridge of “Over Again.” It’s the closest the bands ever came to rapping and therefore the hardest song to sing along to. It’s also a bit of a deep cut which adds to the fan flex. One example is @tobesolyanne’s video that reads, “no THIS is the ultimate one direction test.”

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