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As bonafide Swifties and even casual Taylor Swift fans on Tumblr are well aware, a photo from the singer's yearbook recently made its way around the social site. But it wasn't so much the picture that really thrilled people; it was the caption. "This is a picture of my friend Becky," it reads. "She used to be a happy, popular girl until one night she snorted marijuana at a party. She died instantly. Please, don't do marijuana. It's the most dangerous drug out there. Please don't wind up like Becky." To that, someone replied, "pretty sure that's taylor swift," and to that, someone else replied, "no its becky." [sic] And thus an internet meme was born and Swifties everywhere looked upon it and lol'ed. Oh, did they lol.
But they weren't done lol'ing yet because T. Swift stepped out in NYC wearing a tee bearing the hallowed words, "no its becky."
You'll note the all-caps here, generally a good indication that someone can't even:
PEOPLE IN NYC WILL BE CONFUSED THATS BECKY OKAY NOT TAYLOR SWIFT SHES BECKY pic.twitter.com/o566D7fPo1— ✖ (@taylorspurr) September 25, 2014
And here you'll see the phrase "i cannot get over" is used in conjunction with "the becky thing" and "taylor's shirt," which would suggest that @SwiftieRomano is still very much hung up about all this:
And still more were brought together by their shared ability to recognize the joke:
The cute thing is, if someone that wasn't a die hard Taylor fan saw a "No it's Becky," shirt - they would have NO idea what the joke is.— Stay Strong (@TSwiftNeedsYou) September 25, 2014
Occasionally, fans were rendered completely speechless with only their laughter and their tears:
I have no words... Taylor is wearing a "No It's Becky" shirt pic.twitter.com/0lFainhyEu— Taylor Swift Podcast (@TaylorTalk13) September 25, 2014
It was a good day in Taylor Swift fandom and a great day for the internet.