#SaltBae: Turkish butcher becomes meme because he sprinkles salt better than you do
The year is still young, but a butcher in Turkey may have just become the meme of the year thanks to the distinctive way he spreads salt on meat.
Nusret Gökçe’s rise to fame all started when this video of him slicing an “Ottoman steak” made its way onto Instagram.
A video posted by nusr_et (@nusr_et) on Jan 7, 2017 at 2:44am PST
But it was the very end of that video when he salted the steak that cemented his status as this year’s first great Internet meme.
GIFs and stills of Gökçe sprinkling salt have since become the international symbol of being just a bit too extra, and chances are you’ve already seen it on social media.
when your makeup is almost complete but you still gotta add that touch of highlight pic.twitter.com/RzNbTbymor
— ya like jazz? (@hanxine) January 7, 2017
When you use “thus” in an essay pic.twitter.com/LgC27qdzXe
— محسن (@SheikhMyBody) January 8, 2017
Marvel adding those post credit scenes. pic.twitter.com/xqCSjCFcEY
— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) January 8, 2017
Fans of Gökçe have nicknamed him #SaltBae, and celebrities and companies have already jumped on the bandwagon.
Annndddd I’m out pic.twitter.com/jFS8aFaqN4
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 8, 2017
There’s only one way to season a comeback victory…take it away, #SaltBae pic.twitter.com/91bHjeSwOi
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 11, 2017
But as fans of #SaltBae have soon realized, there’s much more to him than just salt.
so hot but so extra hahaha did he just sexualize the meat ???????????? #saltbae pic.twitter.com/zI6f95yGMb
— doda (@aesionity) January 8, 2017
Some have even suggested a #SaltBae emoji and have even sketched an animated version of the butcher. However, some have noted that he looks a lot like another well-known cartoon character.
@Apple make this a thing #saltbae pic.twitter.com/q7RN23YodQ
— Michael (@Schwartz341) January 9, 2017
Today’s #dailysketch just had to be #saltbae pic.twitter.com/m9GVtUloRn
— ‘Rîn (@NerdyAjet) January 8, 2017
This is the most accurate comparison I have seen yet ???? #saltbae pic.twitter.com/Tam0ObGNod
— Court. (@CeeisMee) January 8, 2017