The first time I saw the "Cash Me Outside" meme, I chuckled. The second time I saw the meme, I laughed. A few days later, Danielle Bregoli and her infamous saying were all over my Facebook feed and I thought I was part of an elite inside joke. I'm even guilty of sending a Bitmoiji of the teen's crazed saying. Then I discovered the Dr. Phil video that started this trend and I went from saying "Cash Me Ousside, How Bow Dah?" to "Cash Me Outside, How 'Bout No?"
Danielle Bregoli is a person and she's more than an internet meme. She was brought on the Dr. Phil show to get help and social media certainly did not help with the cause. I'm not writing this to preach down to the tweeters and the Facebook sharers because out of the context, the meme is completely hilarious and the internet is often the birthplace of sensationalized memes. However, once we zoom out of Danielle's meme and learn the behaviors that landed her on the Dr. Phil show, the "Cash Me Ousside" infamy is no longer funny. Danielle is only thirteen years old, yet her mom describes Danielle's behavior as violent and breaks down into tears during conversation with Dr. Phil. As Dr. Phil speaks to Danielle and her mother blows her nose, Danielle loses her temper and lashes out on an audience member (cue the "Cash Me Ousside" saying). What's even more saddening is that instead of resolving her issues, Danielle's reckless behavior and disrespectful attitude have landed her back on the Dr. Phil show, behind TMZ cameras and most recently in a rap music video.
She seems more fired up than ever and her flippant behavior is either a reflection of Dr. Phil's counseling practices or a result of her newfound internet fame. I'm not sure what Danielle's family or the Dr. Phil show is doing to correct her behaviors, but as an avid Twitter and Facebook user, I'm done sharing the "Cash Me Ousside" meme (even the Bitmoji). The meme celebrates and excuses Danielle's behavior. While the internet may be laughing now, the meme won't be so funny once she lands herself in serious trouble. Danielle had a chance to correct her behavior and she still does, as long as the internet hype stops getting in her way.
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