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Here's How This Monkey Getting A Haircut Became A Huge Meme

"One side of Twitter is talking about injustice in America and the other side is photoshopping pictures of a monkey getting a haircut."

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A video from earlier this year of a macaque monkey getting a haircut has gone viral and prompted the creation of a weird and wonderful new meme.

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Since being first uploaded to a Chinese entertainment Facebook page (JFOX), the 18-second clip of a monkey getting cut & combed has been viewed over 3.9 million times on Facebook alone.

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Uploaded with the simple descriptor "Haircut!", there's not much else to the clip. It really is as simple as it sounds: a monkey...getting a haircut. But that hasn't stopped the video being screenshot, morphed, re-jigged and shared across the internet.

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The clip first went viral for obvious reasons (it's a cute as shit monkey getting a haircut, duh) but took off once more in September, when a screenshot of the lil' fella was photoshopped into a pic of US president Donald Trump signing an executive order. In the new meme, Trump appears to be giving the monkey a haircut. See what I mean?

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This initial meme prompted an awesome wave of Haircut Monkey memes, piggybacking off the success of other memes, and also just photoshopping the macaque monkey onto random pictures.

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out of all the monkey haircut memes this still remains the best

A Twitter account, @MonkeyHaircut, was launched on September 25 and has already amassed almost 20,000 followers.

There are...a lot of haircut monkey memes.

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And it's absolutely flooding Twitter, which is good.

all i see on my TL is the monkey getting a haircut and i'm not mad

barber: what u want me: haircut monkey barber: what me: haircut monkey.

People love the monkey. People love it when the monkey gets a haircut.

Me: I’m gonna get all my work done today, there’s nothing in the world that can stop me Monkey getting a haircut m… https://t.co/eRobxwtKyj

Oh yeah and there's another trend of taking stills from porn scenes and turning them into monkey haircuts, too.

Very kind of my lady to give our pet monkey a haircut!

Now you know!

One side of Twitter is talking about injustice in America and the other side is photoshopping pictures of a monkey getting a haircut

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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