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  • - I accidentally became a meme,

  • and this is that story.

  • My name is Zoe Roth, but you may know me as disaster girl.

  • This all started in 2005.

  • I was five years old and we were watching TV.

  • It was a normal day.

  • Me, my brother Tristan, and my parents.

  • And we heard all these fire sirens,

  • so we go, we walk outside and we see like billowing smoke

  • up just two blocks away.

  • So we're like, okay, we're gonna go check it out.

  • My dad had just gotten a new camera.

  • We start walking down the road

  • and we see that there's this house on fire.

  • At the time we thought it was a real fire

  • but all the fire marshals weren't really

  • in a rush to put it out.

  • They were kind of just like walking around.

  • They're letting like kids put out the fire.

  • The house that was on fire was donated

  • to the fire department by the owners for a test burn

  • because they wanted to clear the land.

  • Like, I didn't know it was a test fire,

  • that nobody was hurt, so at the time I remember

  • like looking inside and trying to figure out

  • what was going on.

  • My brother was really into Harry Potter at the time.

  • So he was dressed up as Harry Potter.

  • My dad was taking pictures of the house

  • and everything going on,

  • and then he said it was my turn to smile.

  • He was like, "Okay, smile."

  • So that's why I made that face,

  • just because that was my smile at the time.

  • Any picture from that period

  • I feel like you could look at it and be like

  • oh, like, this definitely looks like the same girl

  • because I just had an evil smile.

  • Fast forward to 2008.

  • We got a magazine in the mail and my dad said,

  • "Oh, Zoe, do you wanna look through this magazine?"

  • I was like, "Okay, whatever."

  • And I slipped through and like halfway through,

  • it's my picture in there.

  • And that's the first time I had seen it.

  • Like I never even saw it after he took it.

  • So it turns out there there's this magazine called JPEG

  • that had this photo competition called emotion capture.

  • And my dad submitted the picture to it and it won.

  • So I was in second grade at the time.

  • I don't really know much about JPEG magazine,

  • just that my dad liked it a lot.

  • So I thought that everybody liked it.

  • So obviously I brought the magazine into my class.

  • I showed everybody, I showed everybody in the halls,

  • all my teachers, because I was like, this is me.

  • I'm famous.

  • And to this day that's definitely the most famous

  • I've ever felt, like nothing has ever compared

  • to me being in second grade, taking my magazine to class.

  • So a trend started to emerge online where people started

  • to Photoshop my picture onto different disasters.

  • So they would take my picture in the corner

  • and they would put something like horrible behind it.

  • Like they put Hitler or they put the Hindenburg blowing up,

  • the dinosaurs going extinct, the atomic bomb,

  • Brittany Spears doing her disaster performance.

  • So that was the first wave of the meme.

  • And then people just started putting like

  • text over top of it.

  • I never had any fear of anybody conflating me

  • with being evil or causing these disasters.

  • None of my classmates and no one that I know

  • or I'm close with have ever thought that.

  • But I feel like random people always think that I'm evil

  • or that I did start the fire,

  • but I never take it too seriously

  • or get worried about it.

  • Obviously the Hitler one, the alt-right Photoshops,

  • make me pretty uncomfortable.

  • And I'd never condone that or enjoy it.

  • But I also know I can't really do anything about it

  • so I don't let it get to me.

  • Being a meme hasn't had a huge impact on my life

  • like it has for other people,

  • but there's definitely things here and there

  • that are super fun.

  • There's just been a few times where

  • I'm just living my normal life and I'm suddenly

  • asked to be a celebrity for an hour.

  • I'll be working at a restaurant and then

  • I'm asked to be flown out to do a documentary,

  • and then I'm back at the restaurant the next day.

  • So I feel like most of my Instagram following

  • is from Indonesia, Poland and Brazil.

  • Hello if you're watching this.

  • Most of my comments that I get on my Instagram

  • are people from these countries and my DMs.

  • I really don't know why these three countries

  • are so interested, like what the deal is,

  • but I think it's fun.

  • I think it's cool.

  • And I know that there's a portrait of me

  • in Portugal somewhere.

  • So if I'm ever in Portugal or if anybody knows where it is,

  • I would love to go there.

  • Are we done recording?

  • - [Male] Yeah, we're done.

  • So, did you start the fire?

  • - Yes.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I'm just kidding.

  • Just kidding.

- I accidentally became a meme,

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I Accidentally Became A Meme: Disaster Girl

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/12
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