Trash Dove – Why Internet is Going Crazy over this floppy Purple Bird

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You would have recently seen a lot of dove-like bird banging its heads on your Facebook timeline. Don’t worry, it is nothing unnatural, many of us have been experiencing the phenomenon suddenly. Trash Dove has taken over the internet. After Thailand, this Facebook sticker of a headbanging purple bird can be seen in many Facebook comment threads. While the real reason behind its explosive popularity remains a mystery, it can be attributed to a popular Thai page that featured it alongside a dancing cat.

If you enjoy reading comments on popular Facebook pages, you must have seen a purple bird animated GIF sticker in the comments. It is a new sticker that was recently added by facebook and it has become very popular in a short span of time. These purple bird are called Trash Dove.

What is Trash Dove? What’s the story?

Trash Dove was created by artist Syd Weiler. Back in September, she submitted her drawings to Apple iOS 10 sticker store for consideration. After it was included in Facebook’s sticker store, the popularity of Trash Doves exploded in Thailand.

Syd Weller
Image Credits: Syd Weller

In Thailand, the Thai word for bird is nok, which also means a person who is suffering from unrequited love or who is hopelessly single and alone, according to Daily Dot.

It first made an appearance through Syd’s regular livestreams, where where she would create a series of works from scratch live on the internet.

Trash Doves was one of them, and her fans loved it so much that she submitted the designs for consideration to be made into Facebook stickers – which they eventually came to be at the start of February.

While some internet memes have been meaningful ones, others grab attention for no reason and go viral all over the world. However, the reason for it going viral is not sure. Some say that the dove represents ‘friend-zoning’ in Thai culture and is going viral around the Valentine’s Day. Trash Dove was almost non-existent until the February 10, it is only after it the emoji caught the attention of the internet users. Twitter was quick to make memes out of it and we have got a compilation for you.

What inspired Syd Weiler to create Trash Dove?

Weiler says that she got the sticker idea in Minneapolis. “I was sitting by a pond … and there were just pigeons everywhere. I had never thought about pigeons before. They’re funny little birds. They have really shiny, colorful, almost rainbow-y feathers, but then they bob around and waddle and beg for food. They’re like doves but they eat trash,” according to Mashable.

Well, currently the Facebook users are using the meme without a break in the comment section of many facebook pages.

Syd herself even made a thank you video and commemorative Trash Dove for her Thai fans.

And soon after its Thai popularity boom, the Dove soon infected the internet all over the globe.

Trash Doves - Interest Over time
Image Credit: Google Trends

The top is of course still Thailand, but from the map we can see that the Trash Dove has more or less conquered most of the developed world and is at 23th in India.

Image Credits – Google Trends

Still don’t get what all the hype is all about? Here’s a simple explainer video:

So, are you finding Trash Dove stickers amusing? Don’t forget to share your views and feedback and comment with a Trash Dove sticker 😉


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