T-Mobile's Super Bowl ad was accused of ripping off a viral meme

4 February 2019, 17:42 | Updated: 4 February 2019, 17:45

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

T-Mobile did actually license the viral tweet.

T-Mobile's Super Bowl commercial was accused of ripping off a famous meme and viewers were pressed. Now we know all meme creators are actually geniuses, like, just look at all the hilarious 21 Savage memes breaking the internet right now. So it's no wonder T-Mobile jumped on the bandwagon. However, there has long been an issue of meme creators not getting the cash for their jokes.

Following a performance from Travis Scott, Maroon 5 and Adam Levine's nipples (Yes, they're completely separate from the band), T-Mobile's ad aired. The commercial showed a text exchange, which read: "Hey Mike. I'm just letting you know I'm here."

Wendy Williams aghast/T-Mobile ad.
T-Mobile did actually license the viral tweet. Picture: Pop/NBC

Mike replied by thanking the sender and saying he'd been through it lately. The person then responds: "I meant I'm here. Outside. This is your Lyft driver."

So, T-Mobile is giving its customers one free Lyft ride in February so it was fitting. However, people instantly noticed that the exchange was similar to a viral tweet posted in December 2017.

Needless to say, people didn't like that T-Mobile had jumped on the meme hype.

However, according to the person who posted the original tweet, T-Mobile actually did the right thing and licensed the joke for a fee.

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