Subtitle this “Rats: They’re Just Like Us.”
The internet found a new star Monday, Sept. 22 in the form of one of New York City’s most notorious residents—a big fat subway rat. In a short video clip, the ravenous rodent is attempting to carry a slice of pizza down the stairs. People went wild for it, dubbing him Pizza Rat and turning him into one of the fastest-spreading memes of the summer. A quick Google search of “Pizza Rat” yields headlines such as, “Pizza Rat, Pizza Rat, I Love You,” “I am the Pizza Rat,” and “Pizza Rat is trending because we’re all disgusting.”
BuzzFeed (curator of all that goes viral for no reason) reached out to the uploader, Matt Little, a Manhattan comedian who works at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in the East Village. Little says he was headed home after a long day around 1 a.m. Monday when he witnessed the furry little guy trying to lug home a massive midnight snack. He had already made it down a couple of steps before the video starts. Little said no one else seemed to notice the scene, but he found it almost poetic:
“It’s all a metaphor for living in New York,” he told BuzzFeed News. “You have too far to go and too much carry. But life gives you as much as you can handle.”
Live your best life, Pizza Rat. View the clip on Little’s Instagram @mattlittle or on YouTube (below).