English actor Kayode Ewumi has provided the internet with one of the most popular memes of 2017, even beating President Donald Trump in a ranking of the most shared images of the past 12 months.
Ewumi is known to many as the person on a well-circulated gif that shows him tapping his temple, which comes from his mockumentary series #HoodDocumentary.
The image is often used to accompany tweets or other messages that supposedly describe clever behavior, such as: ‘You can’t be broke if don’t check your bank account.’
Salty: The Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as Salt Bae, came in second position with a gif that shows him sprinkling seasoning with his arm bent
Sensation: Third in the ranking is Danielle Bregoli, the 14-year-old girl best known for her catchphrase, ‘catch me outside’, which she used publicly while on the Dr. Phil show last year
Not very official: President Trump closes the top four with a gif that shows him holding a freshly signed executive order, with the document replaced by childish drawings
In order to produce the ranking, the gif keyboard provider Tenor looked at the most used memes on its platform, and defined a meme as ‘something that went beyond GIFs to be reimagined in many different forms & iterations’.
The memes exist in gif form, and can also be found online as still images, sometimes with text superimposed on them.
Based on these criteria, the gif of Ewumi came first and the Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as Salt Bae, came in second position with a gif that shows him sprinkling seasoning with his arm bent.
Third in the ranking is Danielle Bregoli, the 14-year-old girl best known for her catchphrase, ‘catch me outside’, which she first used publicly while on the Dr. Phil show with her mother last year.
Bregoli, whose rebellious behavior was the theme of the episode, directed the sentence to members of the audience after they laughed at her.
The Boynton Beach, Florida native has since released several singles and scored a deal with Atlantic Records.
President Trump, whose online presence has so often dominated the news cycle in 2017, came last in the top four.
The gif that earned him that spot shows the commander-in-chief holding a freshly signed executive order, with the official document replaced by childish drawings.
In addition to the four most popular memes, Tenor also revealed which were its five most used gifs.
Drew Scanlon, also known as Guy Blinking, came first, with a gif of himself blinking in a bemused manner proving especially popular.
In second position is a clip of a little girl crying, which indicates many people needed to express sad feelings by way of gifs over the course of the past 12 months.
On a more joyful note, gif of Jonah Hill flapping his hand excitedly came third, followed by a short clip of Shaquille O’Neal laughing.
A gif of Barack Obama mouthing the words ‘Oh yeah’ closed the top five, with people still relying on the former commander-in-chief to illustrate their conversations, even after he left the White House.