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Dentist: *Open Up" refers to a series of memes that imagine people misinterpreting a dentist's request to "open up" (open their mouth) as a request to open up about their feelings. Started by a viral tweet, the joke regained popularity in 2023 with edits based on scenes from Breaking Bad and other drama series.
On June 3rd, 2015, Twitter user @PaperWash tweeted a joke which imagined a patient misinterpreting their dentist's request to "open up" (open their mouth) as a request to open up about their feelings. The tweet (shown below) gained over 6,800 retweets and 12,300 likes in eight years.
In the following years, the joke was reposted on Twitter and other social media in various forms. For example, on August 24th, 2016, Twitter user @garyfromteenmom tweeted a version about Harambe that received over 1,800 retweets and 3,700 likes in seven years (shown below, left). On March 20th, 2018, Twitter user @greenIight posted a version of the joke about Lorde's album Melodrama that gained over 7,700 retweets and 29,000 likes in five years (shown below, right).
In the second half of 2023, the meme format was reimagined on TikTok and iFunny as users made video caption versions pairing the set up with dramatic monologues, or with videos of themselves. For example, on August 2023, iFunny user LordSalt posted a version pairing the caption with a rant said by streamer Dellor. The video (shown below, left) gained over 500 likes on the app in nine months. On September 5th, iFunny user HypebeastThebean reposted a version created by an unknown TikTok account that was widely circulated at that time (shown below, right).
The format maintained its popularity through late 2023 and early 2023.