If you’ve been on Twitter in the past 24 hours, there’s a good chance you’ve come across Marelize.
She’s a lady on a bike, although she seems to still be learning how to navigate her way around on two wheels.
How do we know this? Well, I don’t want to spoil this one, so maybe you should just watch the video below.
Yes, it’s already spawned the hashtag #myfokmarelize, in case you were wondering:
— ČĐ (@CD_Musgrave) February 26, 2019
According to News24, this appears to be the rugby field at Affies Park in Windhoek:
The origin of the video and the identity of Marelize are not known, but the footage has been widely distributed on social media platforms, with many commenters saying that “My fok, Marelize” is quickly becoming a new Afrikaans catchphrase to express irritation or exasperation.
You can expect people to be saying ‘my fok, Marelize’ all day today.
In a follow-up article, News24 actually spoke with the bike-rider herself, 19-year-old Marelize Horn.
She’s still coming to terms with the video going viral:
“My mum Heidi says: ‘My fok, Marelize’ to me almost every day! I fall off things, walk into things – it’s insane how clumsy I am,” Marelize told News24 on Friday.
Horn expressed shock at the huge reaction to the video. “I am in shock! I keep calling my mother to ask her if this is all a dream!”
…According to Marelize, the reaction has been overwhelming. “There is already a T-shirt with the phrase available!”
Marelize says that although it sounds weird, she’s only learning to ride a bike now. We can respect that.
They chose the rugby field so that Marelize wouldn’t injure herself if she fell off the bike, although they never factored in the possibility that she would plough into a post:
“I wanted to turn right but the bike just kept going to the left. I had no control over the thing. I then crashed into the pole.”
Although she was bruised “all over”, she told News24 she was not badly injured and had taken to riding the bicycle again.
“I actually have many videos where I ride the bicycle perfectly,” she said.
She lives to ride another day.
Marelize heads to the Netherlands later this year, where she will work as an au pair.
Let’s hope she isn’t tasked with teaching those kids how to ride a bike.
Fancy a singalong? Here’s Gus Silber reworking a popular song from yesteryear, featuring our very own Marelize:
And, to finish, here’s a remix via Daaf Vapor:
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