As described on “Know Your Meme” , this one comes from a Big Think video on You Tube, which someone edited into an animated gif and distributed on Reddit. Someone else then turned it into the following illustration, which is all over the internet, featured on t-shirts, and generally going viral in a massive way.
From Know Your Meme:
Neil deGrasse Tyson Reaction is a rage comic character and reaction face of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson making a defensive gesture. It is sometimes associated with the catchphrase “Watch out guys, we’re dealing with a badass over here” that is used to mock arrogant and boastful statements that people proclaim on the Internet (see also So Hardcore).
On Thursday night (12/1), Rushdie tweeted
Our own Jason Gots (@jgots) responded with:
Rushdie immediately riposted with:
Which sparked a veritable twittstorm of retweets and responses, including:
Now, most likely as a result of all this, #badassery is all over twitter. And may soon go viral everywhere. Check it. And Salman Rushdie is the source. This is truly an extraordinary age we live in.