Homophobic Dog or Not Too Fond Of Gay People refers to a series of ironic image macros of a white dachshund named Whitney Chewston, often sitting next to a glass of red wine with a Whisper caption that reads, "not too fond of gay people," suggesting the dog is homophobic. The image was posted to Instagram in June 2019 and first appeared as a meme on Instagram in March 2023, gaining viral spread over the course of the year and inspiring users to place new quotes over the photo of the dog. In 2023, the meme inspired photoshops of additional Whitney Chewston photos adding similarly ironic homophobic captions, as well as captions suggesting the dog learned from its homophobic ways and is now tolerant of the LGBTQ+ community.
On June 12th, 2019, Instagram user whitney_chewston posted a photo of their dog, a white Dachschund, sitting next to a glass of red wine, gaining over 22,300 likes in three years (shown below). The image was reposed by Instagram user dachshund_igzas in November 2023, gaining over 4,400 likes in a year.
On an unknown date prior to March 23rd 2023, an anonymous Instagram artist created an image macro using the photo of the dog, captioned using the Whisper app, "not too fond of gay people" (shown below, left). This was confirmed by Ex Bride through a DM with Whitney's owners. Apparently, the user, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, made the meme to use amongst friends as an inside joke. On March 23rd, 2023, Instagram user insect.sama posted the image macro, offering the earliest current post of the meme. On March 24th, iFunny user themilkman48 posted a better quality version of the meme with a wider crop, gaining over 40 smiles in a year (shown below, right).
The meme gained viral spread through reposts. On May 5th, 2023, it was posted to /r/okbuddyretard, gaining over 680 upvotes in 10 months. On June 6th, Instagram user nocontextigstories posted a meme using the dog next to an Among Us adult toy, gaining over 1,700 likes in nine months (shown below).
On August 14th, Twitter user@kuroufo posted a blank template of the dog, writing, "what a nice looking dog. i wonder what its opinions on gay people are," referencing the meme, gaining over 34,000 likes and 3,600 retweets in seven months (shown below, left). That day, Twitter user @swolepepe commented with a photoshop of the dog changing the caption to, "I'm fond of gay people," gaining over 1,600 likes in the same span of time (shown below, right).
On August 27th, Twitter user @c4tspl4sh posted a redraw of the image, writing, "what a nice dog. i wonder how fond he is of gay people," gaining over 17,000 likes and 2,400 retweets in seven months (shown below).
That day, Twitter user @R451n commented under the post with a new image macro where the dog says it's grown a lot and is now more tolerant, gaining over 1,500 likes in seven months (shown below, left). Twitter user @borowiczko posted a response to the comment with an image macro captioned, "just kidding not too fond of gay people," gaining around 17 likes in the same span of time (shown below, right).
On September 5th, Twitter user @Chad01412488 posted a version of the meme captioned, "not too fond of industrial society," a reference to Industrial Society And Its Future, gaining over 1,000 likes in six months (shown below).
Additional images of Whitney Chewston also became the subject of ironic homophobic memes in 2023, as well as memes suggesting the dog learned from its homophobic ways or came out as gay itself. The trend was started by Twitter user @yolanda_parody. On March 2nd, Twitter user @yolanda_parody posted an image of Chewston wearing pink Crocs captioned, "do I look gay?" gaining over 160 likes in two weeks. On March 3rd, Twitter user @ForeverElSanto posted, "who is making these ….😭" with several images of the dog, gaining over 62,000 likes in the same rough span of time. Yolanda_parody commented, "Me 😭" in response to the tweet followed by commenting several more edited images of Chewston (shown below).
On March 10th, 2023, Twitter user @spacepatrolash posted a variety of captioned images of Chewston, writing, "why is this dog so toxic," gaining over 118,000 likes and 15,000 retweets in five days (shown below, left). On March 13th, Twitter user @scrimblopilled posted, "the owners of the homophobic dog are gay im crying," along with an image of the dog with her owners, a gay couple, gaining over 33,000 likes in two days (shown below, right).
On March 11th, Twitter user @WafflesR4TheGr8 posted an animated music video featuring memes about the dog, gaining over 830 likes in four days (shown below).
From the information I have gathered is this dog was homophic, until realizing that they were actually gay themselves, embracing gay people and themselves, after some research. What a glow up 😍! pic.twitter.com/dfbC0cf7sP— PancakesR4TheWeak (@WafflesR4TheGr8) March 11, 2023
On March 22nd, Twitter user @mountbellyache posted a meme using Whitney Chewston, writing, "i see you're enjoying the new charli xcx album," gaining over 6,600 likes in three days (shown below).
On March 25th, 2023, rapper Lil Nas X tweeted about the meme, writing, "can u guys send me more pictures of that homophobic dog," gaining over 81,000 likes and 3,200 retweets in under a day (shown below).
On June 1st, 2023, the the Chick-Fil-A Twitter account posted, "You're the best part of our day ❤️." That day, Twitter user @hobertweets commented the wine glass image of Whitney Chewston, writing, "Great to hear! This little fella will have a great time at your restaurant!" referencing the Chick-Fil-A Gay Marriage Controversy and the restaurant regularly being accused of supporting anti-LGBTQ+ causes, gaining over 18,000 likes and 1,200 retweets in two days (shown below). Chick-Fil-A responded, "Aww! ❤️," gaining over 10,000 likes in the same span of time.
The post gained viral spread through reposts across social media. On June 2nd, Justin Whang and Taylor Lorenz posted it to their Instagram pages, gaining over 11,000 likes in a day. On the same day, it was posted to Whitney Chewston's Instagram account with a peeking Emoji.