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Kurt Angle 1,000-Yard Stare

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Kurt Angle 1,000-Yard Stare, also known as the Bald Guy Staring, Kurt Angle Staring or Kurt Angle Thousand-Yard Stare, refers to a video of professional wrestler Kurt Angle staring into the camera similar to the Thousand-Yard Stare meme. The meme trended on TikTok in late 2023, paired with distressing and creepy captions. Then, the video spread as a reaction image and GIF across websites like Twitter / X and Instagram, among others.


On August 2nd, 2023, professional wrestler Kurt Angle posted a video to his TikTok[1] account, @realkurtangle, in which he introduced himself and then ended by staring blankly into the camera. The video received roughly 2.6 million plays and 299,000 likes in four months (shown below).

@realkurtangle Oh #ItsTrue! YOUR Olympic Gold Medalist and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle is NOW on #TikTok! πŸ₯‡πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡² #ProWrestling #Wrestling #OlympicWrestling #Olympics #WWERaw #Smackdown #NXT #WWE #KurtAngle #AEW ♬ WWE: Medal (Kurt Angle) – WWE & Jim Johnston

Currently, the first-known meme to use the video was posted by TikToker[2] @thebasedlander2 on December 3rd, 2023, who added a How the Genie Looks at Me caption about wishing for vodka instead of a child's surgery, gaining roughly 1.9 million plays and 360,400 likes in four days (shown below).

@thebasedlander2 Kurt angle 1000 yard stare #relatable #fyp #literallyme #based #thebasedlander ♬ Junk Shop – Helvetia


After the aforementioned video went viral, others picked up the template. For instance, on December 5th, 2023, TikToker[3] @couragepathh posted an iteration with a caption about being assigned homework on holiday break, gaining roughly 594,500 plays and 145,400 likes in two days (shown below, left).

Also on December 5th, 2023, TikToker[4] @super_snax_ posted a similar meme, gaining roughly 1.6 million plays and 393,700 likes in two days (shown below, right).

@couragepathh #fyp #foryou #viral #blowthisup #views #funny #relatable #winterbreak #teacher #trending ♬ original sound – MarcellShotYa

@super_snax_ #fyp#viral ♬ Get Out – EscapeWorld

Iterations of the meme continued to use different TikTok sounds, evident in a video shared by TikToker[5] @mrcrabsmc on December 6th, 2023, that gained roughly 1.3 million plays and 228,400 likes in less than a day (shown below).

@mrcrabsmc where did this meme even come from #fyp #foryou #mrcrabsmc #recommendations #shitposting ♬ autumn leaves – aetoul

Twitter / X Spread

As the meme became commonplace on TikTok and other video platforms, discourse and meme about Kurt Angle's stare spread on Twitter / X as a reaction image and GIF. For instance, on December 9th, 2023, X[6] user @joshbechill5 tweeted, "Them Kurt angle edits putting me in tears," gaining over 37.9 million views and 9,500 likes in three days (shown below).

Josh @joshbechill5 Them Kurt angle edits putting me in tears 6:33 PM Dec 9, 2023 37.9M Views

The tweet gained over 37.9 million views due to numerous viral quotes that used it. For instance, on December 10th, 2023, X[7] user @Dez_Mfd added their own edit in a quote that received over 42,000 likes in two days (shown below).

On December 11th, 2023, X[8] user @Izzzybopz drew Kurt Angle, writing, "what is that one gif of the guy who looks like this i dont know wtf it is but its hilarious to me," gaining roughly 62,000 likes in a day (shown below, left).

During the same timeframe, users shared Kurt Angle as a reaction image, such as X[9] user @THEUN1VRSE on December 11th, whose quote received over 26,000 likes in a day (shown below, right).

JINGLEBOPZA @Izzzybopz what is that one gif of the guy who looks like this i dont know w-- it is but its hilarious to me 11:45 AM Β· Dec 11, 2023 2.6M Views @THEUN1VRSE U just show up one day and go "...I'm cooked." es lovebug + @vomitgf. Dec 10 ok wht do boys tell their friends when they like a girl bc when i like a boy i tell my friends if i dont marry him ill die 2:25 PM Dec 11, 2023 1.9M Views

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External References

[1] TikTok – @realkurtangle

[2] TikTok – @thebasedlander2

[3] TikTok – @couragepathh

[4] TikTok – @super_snax_

[5] TikTok – @mrcrabsmc

[6] X – @joshbechill5

[7] X – @Dez_Mfd

[8] X – @Izzzybopz


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