We talked to the unsung hero behind all those Military Giant Cat memes
Not the hero we deserve, but the one we needed
Raise a glass in celebration, because the internet finally has given us something besides a soul-crushing comment thread.
The Pentagon pic.twitter.com/wbkyJbykpp
— Giant Military Cats (@giantcat9) September 3, 2019
If you have a pulse and an internet service provider, you've seen your fair share of memes. And if you've spent any time perusing military Twitter over the past week, you've seen these works of art from the Military Giant Cats Twitter account, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like:
Shenyang J-15 pic.twitter.com/FV2DPuYXyz
— Giant Military Cats (@giantcat9) September 4, 2019
Since the beginning of September the account has accrued more than 24,000 followers, so given Military Giant Cats' near-overnight celebrity, Task & Purpose got in touch with the person behind all these absurdly wonderful cat memes.
“I am from western Europe,” the manager of the account, who goes by Thomas, told Task & Purpose. “I have worked in defense industry for several years. At the present time, I have a leg in plaster and a lot of free time for Twitter… Some people think I am a Russian bot or something like that…pretty funny.”
While Thomas declined to provide any additional personal or identifying information, he told us the gag started as just that: “An old joke with my coworkers, photoshop giant cats in senseless situations (not only military).”
As for the page's overnight Twitter fame, it seemed to have come as a surprise.
“I know that Twitter loves the absurd accounts (and the cats!), but I am surprised by the impact on the #milTweet community,” Thomas said.
After all, who doesn't like to make paws-itively purrrfect puns?
And the account's fanbase seems to stretch across the whole military Twitter community.
If only everything on the internet was this pure.
From U.S. military bases…
@GiantCat9 are we doing this right? pic.twitter.com/QCkjB5GkDT
— Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (@JointBasePHH) September 4, 2019
And military allies…
Captain Mittens knew his day would come. Poised. Ready. https://t.co/l0BSr3K8No
— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) September 5, 2019
To news agencies…
Taking this coffee break at #DNConf, to give a shoutout to the breakout twitter star of the week: Military Giant Cats https://t.co/zyeNkoEsg4
— Defense News (@defense_news) September 4, 2019
And defense reporters…
Well this is going to make it hard for him to get his security clearance…. https://t.co/61hXVW5BzK
— Valerie Insinna (@ValerieInsinna) September 5, 2019
Quite a few, actually…
Wow this is a top tier rendering. Bravo. https://t.co/M77sVj0eb1
— Oriana Pawlyk (@Oriana0214) September 3, 2019
As well as service members and veterans…
Thanks to @GiantCat9, I can no longer distinguish military cat content from real military content pic.twitter.com/RhYdse3DU0
— Brian Wagner (@BrianBWagner) September 4, 2019
But not everyone was “feline” it.
Because all cats are arseholes pic.twitter.com/fDRdCNo3I0
— Land Shark (@LandSharkUK) September 5, 2019