A new TikTok trend has seen netizens flood the comments section on various social media platforms with the phrase “Waffle House has found its new host.” The expression first took hold on YouTube on January 12, 2023, but it soon spread to Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and other platforms.
While the phrase itself is meaningless, YouTuber @Johnny RaZeR Shorts posted an explanation behind the trend, stating that he was responsible for starting the copy. Copypasta refers to a term or phrase that has been repeatedly copied and pasted on social media platforms and internet forums.
In the video, Johnny stated:
“This is a phrase that will haunt me for the rest of my life… By explaining it to you, you are now part of the group and recruited to join the fight.”
“I Know As Much As You”: YouTuber @Johnny RaZeR Shorts Explains The Waffle House-Based Trend
YouTuber @Johnny RaZeR Shorts explained that the idea came from a “psy op” joke. He intended to prank the internet for a few days by having his viewers “put a sentence in the comment section of every video they watched.”
“As for the meaning of the quote itself, honestly, I know about as much as you do. I’m pretty sure it’s just a reference to cursed waffle houses, which has been something of a joke on my channel.”
The spam phrase itself seems to have no meaning behind it. Jason Faulkner, Senior Editor at Game Revolution and PlayStation LifeStyle, explained that even the most absurd memes are based on relevant themes or phenomena. Faulkner added that the plague of Waffle House comments “will die down on its own” as there is no “ideological backbone” to continue.
Netizens who began spamming comment sections on social media with the Waffle House quote believed that copypasta didn’t need to be explained and that randomness was part of it. However, this left many netizens puzzled.
This eventually sparked a meme fest online, with frustrated users trying to understand the momentum behind the copy.
“Waffle House has found its new host” is not the first copypasta to have netizens confused
Just a few weeks ago, @thesleepyparamedic shared a post encouraging others to participate in “Operation Crumb Blast”. The operation involved people who commented with a croissant emoticon on any video they found on their “For You” page.
In January 2022, YouTuber @JellyBean urged his followers to comment “It’s not a mistake, it’s a masterpiece” on every video they watched online. The trend went viral in the United States and around the world.
The terms “crop” and “storytime” have been part of internet slang for some time. Crop is used to request the original user to reload a meme or image seen in a video without any additional text so they can take a screenshot. When someone comments on “Story Time,” they ask the uploader to provide the full context behind the content shown in the particular video.
However, in early 2022, comments on random videos were spammed by TikTokers with such phrases as a parody of those who made such comments.