'This is a photo of my great grandmother (1960) meme explained

A hilarious meme has taken over Twitter. It’s part homage to one’s family tree and part homage to controversial celebs. 

The joke follows a simple format: Someone claims they’re about to reveal a photo of their “great-grandmother,” a “human rights activist.” But instead, they just upload a picture of a celebrity during one of their most scandalous moments.

The user @taylorwhateverr chose a photo of Nicole Richie getting handcuffed and arrested. 

Each meme uses the exact same caption: 

“This is a photo of my great grandmother (1960), she was a passionate womens rights activist. She never stopped fighting for change, she refused to be silenced, and she inspires me every day <3 I love you grandma.” 

But each features an image of a woman celebrity, typically engaged in a major pop culture moment. The photos are usually grayed out or made to look intentionally grainy or blurry for a retro effect. 

Meanwhile, @SophRossss was happy to celebrate Kristen Doute from Vanderpump Rules screaming at someone as her heritage. 

In @grey_jarvis’ version, he put a vintage filter over a scene of Blake Lively (as Serena Van der Woodsen on Gossip Girlgetting arrested.

Singer Björk’s smirk just before slapping a photographer outside a Thailand airport in 1996 was the subject of @mountbellyache‘s meme. 

Snooki getting arrested on the Jersey Shore in 2010 was apparently also @siighchedelic‘s family history. Snooki even came across the meme and responded to it.

The Real Housewives of Orange County veteran Vicki Gunvalson was a major inspiration for @DonnGunvalson as she made her explosive exit from the show. 

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