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Who is Pain Harold?
… till America… He has a massive fanbase of more thousand people, because the self-portrait photos of Andás became memes.
His portrait is shopped on bodies in funny or extreme situations. Today András smilingly nods his evergrowing popularity. [Hungarian pensioner becomes net hit]. A silver bearded grandpa with a funny smile, and much telling look. Only this much and the photo of this man was snatched on the internet, and he became one of the most widely known meme figures. It means they are making new pictures from his everyday photos by adding funny text or other adjustments. That becomes a net sensation.
Interesting, that this old gent, whose pictures are well known and loved from America to Russia is a 70-year-old electrical engineer, living in Budapest. As soon as I wrote this here, after 10 seconds, now 75 people liked it and 9 people shared it already. Amazing what people do. All Russians.
Now its 133, 134 people liked it. 12 people shared it under 1 minute. Arató András István hardly belives it himself, but he became a worldwide hit on the internet in years. Mostly young people are creating memes form his pictures.
A few years ago András cried out when he found his adjusted pictures but then he realized, he made similar things with his own methods when he was young. When we were schoolboys, we also did memes, but then we made pirate captain from Arany János in our school reader. Its the same story, and it didn’t make Arany János more or less. It all started with this holiday picture they took in Turkey. What was discovered by a photographer on the now-closed IWIW social network.
He asked András to be a model for a few so-called stock photos. Those photos are collected in a database and you can order them to illustrate graphical works. But some people rather made funny stories from the old pensioner’s photos. Everyone is a bit vain and I tried to look up, what they use my photo for. And I found many fully normal uses. I was Hospital Director, I was a Grampa, this and that. And then I found a page, where they fabricated meme from me.
I wasn’t too happy about that. A few years ago the joy of Zsidró Tamás on the Nagy Duett stages also inspired Hungarian meme makers. The joy he showed when he got on in the race was set in many funny situations. But it didn’t escalate beyond the borders. Arató András István is surrounded by more and more popularity abroad for 5 years. He even has a fan page in Russia, where he reported in, with a photo and a sign that says “I live”, showing his fans, he is actually real, and the same blood-meat person like the people making his memes.
The craziness only escalated after this. Amazing what happened after that. In two days I had more than 20k followers on FB. Not on FB, on its Russian version. What says the wife all to this? Because his wife has still a hard time grasping why András became a net sensation. It didn’t really win my favor I wasn’t very happy about it. I thought it is actually a view on someone’s intimate sphere, almost like interfering.
The meme figure of András received a name, he was called Harold and net users imagined underlying pain behind his smile. They created Hide the pain Harold. Mr. Arató says, there is no hidden pain, he simply got tired smiling during the shots. You had to smirk like this for long seconds I saw myself, that this is not my own natural face and people explained I am hiding some inner pain.
Mr. Arató likes some of the memes, but there are others he finds distasteful. But sadly he can’t do anything against them. His photos almost have their own life on the internet but he also has favorites. They mounted my face where the US presidents are carved in rocks. I liked that and I found it expressively jolly, despite I am making a pathetic face, but that’s why it’s funny.
During the takes, he posted something on his Russian fan page, saying good day without a photo. It was liked by 802 people within an hour. After a day it bellied up to 1449., Andárs doesn’t understand his fans, at first, he wasn’t happy about it. Now he accepted, that he unwillingly became a world star at age 70. You can not drop out now, you have to take responsibility. Hungarian pensioner becomes net hit.
Check the best Hide the Pain Harold memes below.