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It Turns Out That Charlie Chaplin Was The First 'Distracted Boyfriend' Nearly 100 Years Ago ๐Ÿ˜‚

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

There's an old saying that goes, "There's nothing new under the sun." And now a screenshot posted on Twitter by an industrious fellow by the name of Peter Goldbergmay very well be proving that old axiom trueโ€”at least in the case of memes. 

What Goldberg posted was a still from the 1922 film Pay Day starring silent comedic film star Charlie Chaplin along with the words, "I'm very sorry for this, but..." 

It didn't take long for savvy social media fans to recognize Goldberg's Chaplin find as the OG version of the 'Distracted Boyfriend' meme โ€”nearly a century before a professional photographer from Barcelona named Antonio Guillem made a name for himself with the now iconic snap.

Check out the wayback male gawker gaze, Roaring Twenties style for yourself:

But something wasn't quite right...