Did you come across the “What About Me?” trend on TikTok, and are you wondering what is happening on the world’s brightest social media platform recently?
Well, this trend is all about showing injustice in how teens are “mistreated” by parents, friends, and society. They’re not getting enough attention, appreciation, or love.
Here’s how an example looks:
- Everyone is wishing Happy Birthday to my 5-year-old sister
- What about me? (cue song)
The “What About Me?” phrase wants to showcase that the person in question is forgotten by everyone else.
No one pays attention to them as much as they do to other people. If you want to learn more about the “What About Me?” trend on TikTok, keep reading!
Who Started This Trend?
Alexander James O’Connor, or Red Orange County, made the original components used in this TikTok trend.
The song’s original title is “Television/So Far, So Good“, and it wants to showcase the ups and downs of relationships.
The singer expresses his feelings for those he’s in love with but also reveals the sadder side of one-sided love.
The song’s meaning hit hard on the TikTok community, and many users have created TikTok videos using the “What About Me” caption.
At first, it was mainly about movies that weren’t selected for the TikTok movie competition, but as the trend grew, other topics appeared:
- Related to someone’s crush
- Romantic journeys to finding a soulmate
- Not receiving appreciation from friends or parents
The song was fitting too much of the drama that TikTok users go through daily, from being isolated from friends to lacking the attention of family members.
To summarize, the “What About Me?” trend on TikTok was popularized after Alexander James O’Connor released his “Television/So Far, So Good” song.
Ever since, TikTok users have been posting videos with the “What About Me?” catchphrase to showcase their feelings of sadness and injustice toward the treatment of other people.
If you’re wondering what the song sounds like, go here. It’s not exactly great, and neither is the singer that talented, but it is quite catchy, especially the “What About Me?” catchphrase.
Leave any questions down below, and I’ll reply as soon as I can!
Is it bad if I don’t like the song?
No, of course not. The song is not that great, like I said. The only reason TikTok users love it is because of the message.
And the “What About Me?” catchphrase perfectly matches some of their feelings.
If you don’t identify with the song, there’s no reason to like it. But chances are that you might identify with the song’s underlying message.
These feelings are common among teens when ignored, forgotten, or not nearly as appreciated as you’d like.
There are some funny and sad renditions of this catchphrase on TikTok, so have a look if you’re interested!
Some TikTok users have even created something entirely new from this song, some of which are quite good.
When will the “What About Me” trend disappear from TikTok?
I don’t know that. It could be a month, two months, or even half a year. Currently, the trend is still going strong.
Judging from how past trends evolved, it could survive well over a year, even though there won’t be as many users doing it.
One thing is true – TikTok is filled with teens who will always feel isolated, unloved, and ignored.
The message of this song matches those ideas perfectly, so it’s not likely to expire any time soon.
Until then, you’ll have to be patient and gloss over all the “What About Me” cries for attention on TikTok.