Things We Saw Today: Cigarette Roach Is the Spiritual Successor to Pizza Rat
I love you, smoke roach.
New York City’s Pizza Rat became such a cultural icon that we now have Sexy Pizza Rat Halloween costumes, but the hungry rodent better move over—there’s a new city critter in town tapping into the zeitgeist. Meet Cigarette Roach.
“You don’t want to watch this video of a subway cockroach stealing a cigarette. But also, you really do,” wrote Cathleen Culliton over on Patch, neatly summarizing our feelings.
Attorney Tom Kretchmar was blessed with a visitation from Cigarette Roach on East 53rd Street, filming the bug scurrying along with a cigarette butt—surely a perfect mascot for 2019. After Kretchmar tweeted about our new New York-based influencer, the tweet went viral and the video was watched more than 3 million times.
Tired: pizza rat
Wired: cigarette cockroach pic.twitter.com/HPxBLkWstX
— Tom Kretchmar (@tkretchmar) October 18, 2019
Sometimes I think about how we will possibly explain these viral moments that make sense right now to a no-doubt befuddled later generation. Perhaps they’ll chalk it up to this particular moment in time:
That vaping ban hitting folks in weird ways
— International House of Demon Kat (@Demonkatz) October 18, 2019
Can’t wait to see all of the Sexy Cigarette Roach costumes that are most certainly headed our way. I love you, Cigarette Roach, a superhero who represents me.
Also seen today:
- Hundreds of thousands are protesting in Hong Kong amid escalating police violence. (via The Washington Post)
- After intense criticism and, well, Constitutional violations, Trump now says he won’t host the G-7 at his own resort after all. Of course, he also managed to make the walk-back Tweet into an ad for Trump National Doral. (via Vox)
- Venom 2 seems to have found its Shriek in Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris. (via THR)
- Chernobyl’s Hildur Guðnadóttir won Best Television Composer at the World Soundtrack Awards, which was well-deserved. (via Deadline)
- It looks as though Joker is on track to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie … ever. (via Comicbookmovie.com)
- “Trump’s Impeachment Got Real This Week” (via VICE)
- Lest you forget, tomorrow is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s new trailer release date! (via Comicbook)
— Star Wars (@starwars) October 20, 2019
Excuse me, I’ll just be over here, crying about General Leia Organa. What did you see today through your tears?
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