Everyone on Twitter suddenly has really famous grandparents. And they’re not even their real grandparents. If these two sentences have you confused, we’re talking about the recent viral Twitter phenomenon where everyone is posting black and white photos of celebrities from random moments and saying “my grandma/grandpa in 1800’s,” in what can only be considered a bizarre, but funny viral trend. If you’ve been on Twitter this past week, you would have definitely seen the trend, without fail, perhaps not realizing the greyscale photo was of celebrities and not actually the poster’s real grandparents.
The trend started last week and involves people have been sharing modern-day photos of celebrities and iconic TV moments in a black and white filter and then claiming they are their ancestor from nearly a century ago. It all started after Twitter user @ctrlzhara tweeted a black and white picture of Kiera Knightly and Cillian Murphy from a behind-the-scenes shot of the period drama The Edge of Love, and joked saying the pair were their grandparents in Basra, Iraq in 1960. The tweets haven’t stopped since then.
Here are some of our favourites so far.
If you follow international cricket, one thing you’d know is that desi fans don’t mess around. But it’s not only fans of cricket, but other sports too which seem to have developed a savage sense of humour online. Recently, on its official Twitter, Forumla 1 asked the public who their favourite childhood F1 hero was. While most of the responses were actual answers with people sharing stories of their heroes, desi Twitter decided to take the responses for a spin. Desi fans answered with the most obvious filmy responses: the heroes on the big Bollywood screens who drove fast cars. It started with Saif Ali Khan, and went on to Salman Khan, Hritikh Roshan, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi and more. Tarzan the supercar also made an appearance
Who would be your secret celebrity grandparents if you wanted to hop onto the trend?