When it comes to memes from
the early aughts, some people
are just never going to give them up.
For Gen Zers who were too young
to be trolling online in the 2000s, .
Rickrolling was a very, very popular
bait-and-switch prank that involved tricking
people to click on disguised hyperlinks .
that would lead them to the
music video for Rick Astley’s
1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
It was such a phenomenon that Astley himself
even knew about it and mentioned in a 2016
Rolling Stone article that it didn’t bother him .
because it introduced his
music to a whole new generation.
But when Rick Astley posted a wholesome
photo on Reddit of him riding a bike backstage
in Las Vegas during his first tour.
one Redditor couldn’t help themselves
and recognized the opportunity was too rare
and too perfect to not take advantage of.
“I think I might cry!!! It’s actually you,” Redditor the-
MalleableDuck wrote. “I met you at a backstage event when I
was 12. Seriously a big fan. I’ve seen you in concert five times".
Anyone who was actively online
in 2008 might pause before clicking
the link considering the circumstances.
But sweet, innocent Rick Astley who never had
a problem with becoming a meme, clicked on
the link and was immediately Rickrolled.
Astley responded with a clapping emoji, proving he
opened the link expecting to find a sweet photo of a fan and
instead ended up watching himself in a cheesy ’80s music video