CBBC we're just normal men meme and viral video depicting a woman staring at a dog puppet.

We're Just Normal Men

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Updated Aug 03, 2023 at 03:04PM EDT by Adam.

Added Apr 25, 2022 at 01:09PM EDT by Adam.

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Related Explainer: What Is 'We're Just Normal Men?' And What's The Story Behind The Meme

About

We're Just Normal Men is a quote from CBBC, a British children's TV channel, puppet Hacker T. Dog in a blooper between itself and co-host Lauren Layfield on CBBC HQ. The moment causes the two to uncontrollably laugh after staring into each other's eyes. Though it occurred in 2016, the clip was unearthed in April 2022, leading to a series of memes based on the quote "we're just normal men …"

Origin

The blooper occurred on November 1st, 2016.[1] On October 30th, 2017, Lauren Layfield posted a compilation of bloopers between herself and Hacker T. Dog during her time on CBBC HQ, including the "we're just normal men" clip. The video gained over 192,000 views in four and a half years (shown below). As of April 24th, 2022, there is no known context for the blooper.



On February 7th, 2023, YouTuber Antigone Journal posted the video, offering a little more context about the phrase. In the clip, Hacker tells Laura "We're not ice stars" (referring to a clip about ice skating children), "we're just normal men." The clip gained over 131,000 views in six months (shown below).



Spread

After occasionally appearing on social media for several years, the clip appears to have gone viral thanks to an April 15th, 2022, upload of the clip to Twitter by user @jamabing,[2] though the account is locked as of April 25th. On April 16th, YouTuber Maz uploaded a longer version of the clip to YouTube, gaining over 50,000 views in a week (shown below).



On April 16th, Lauren Layfield[3] quote-tweeted Jamabing's upload, gaining over 900 retweets and 20,000 likes in one week (shown below).


Lauren Layfield @LaurenLayfield This clip is doing the rounds this morning. sure that snort is when my career peaked guys twitter.com/jamabing/statu... pretty You're unable to view this Tweet because this account owner limits who can view their Tweets. Learn more 6:58 AM · Apr 16, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

Over the following week, the clip inspired multiple parodies. For example, on April 19th, 2022, Twitter user BeardedGenius posted a video in which the audio played over a soccer player talking, gaining over 1,700 retweets and 13,000 likes in one week (shown below, top). The same day, user @Robotduck posted an edit that played the audio over a clip of Boris Johnson speaking to Parliament, gaining over 60 retweets and 210 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below).


False Origin Story

As the clip went viral, many users attempted to uncover the context behind the clip and repeated a March 2nd, 2022, comment from Redditor /u/timidimage[4] in which the user claimed Phil Fletcher (the puppeteer behind Hacker) and his friends had been stopped by a police officer the night before and one friend attempted to get out of the situation with the sentences, "We're just normal men. We're just innocent men!" According to timidimage's telling, Fletcher told this story to the studio and they thought it was hilarious, thus the viral clip is of Fletcher repeating an inside joke.

On April 18th, Fletcher addressed the rumor and explained he'd merely come up with the joke on the spot and the "police" story was a complete fabrication (shown below). /u/timidimage then edited his comment and confirmed he had made the "police" story up and implied he'd done it intentionally in an effort to spread misinformation and prompt a correction of the rumor.


Various Examples


Ben @thebreadmonkey We're just normal men. We're just innocent men. KACKER OO Meta ampany 3:59 AM · Apr 20, 2022 · Twitter for Android keewa ... @keewa "We're just normal people." "What do you mean normal people?" "We're just innocent people" 4:00 AM · Apr 21, 2022 · Twitter Web App Mark Grimshaw @MarkGComedyUK I work in a prison themed escape room, and yesterday was the closest l've ever got to breaking character in the opening speech. As I listed the crimes the group had been accused of, one of them looked at me and calmly said "We're just normal men. We're just innocent men." 10/10. 3:54 PM · Apr 21, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone We're just normal men. We're just innocent men GT @granitetide ... "we're just normal men... we're just innocent men" xtra TMAN extra L IN ONE Beechams Max Strength All In One 16 Cpsis 31.3p each £5 Pet ins 24/7 ve Appre £20 Tesco e-Gift Card new Tesco Bank Premie Not available if you ge T&Cs appl Scan here for a quote arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Ltd. vetfoneTM is provide

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