The creator of the ‘meatier, meteor’ TikTok meme cried real tears making the video

September 15, 2020

While the content played out well on Twitter — her tweet has over 315,000 likes — her reupload didn’t hit the same viral heights as her original “meteor/meatier” video on TikTok. “I’m a very emotional person anyway. Thank you for the dinosaur love!!! She was inspired by the script laid out in @climaxximus’ tweet, saying that she knew that the joke would likely resonate with people since it had been around for so long. m e a t i e r… THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!!! Six days after Petersen originally posted it, the video has amassed approximately 3.1 million likes and 12.5 million views. ?… Read more:
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Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How architects use feng shui to design famous buildings Hi all my new followers!!!!! I’m a huge empath — if I see somebody else cry, I cry,” Petersen told Insider in an interview. @lizemopetey is this too soon…? Going viral has had a definitive impact on Petersen’s life
Past the social media reception, Petersen said that one of the biggest impacts of her newfound viral fame was an outpouring of support after she dropped her Cashapp in a tweet speaking about her medical bills related to ongoing breast cancer treatment. Summary List PlacementThis past weekend, a joke about the death of the dinosaurs took over the internet. “That’s been the biggest change: the emotional support that I am not only getting from the safety of being able to pay these medical bills, but the love and kindness that I’m getting from complete strangers who are going through the exact same thing that I am, and I’m really grateful for that,” she said. She didn’t anticipate the level of support that she received, however, saying that it was “absolutely overwhelming.”

This probably won’t blow up but in case it does, if you wanna help me pay off my breast cancer medical bills, my cash app is $ElizaMorey 🥺❤️🦖🦕 much love!!!! The entire exchange hinges on a pun on the words “meteor” and “meatier,” and the catastrophic consequences that ensue. “But I’m not grateful that those doctors are so expensive.”
She had seen people previously ask for help with student loans or other needs on social media, and decided to tweet her Cashapp as well. That eventually led her to film the “meteor/meatier” video, which as she told BuzzFeed News, draws upon her community theater background. IB climaxximus on twitter ##fyp ##dinosaur ##ThatsHot ##DinnerWithMe ##MorningCheer ♬ original sound – lizemopetey

The video exploded on TikTok. a meteor…… In it, God — once again Petersen in a beard (and a mask) — wandering around dinosaur skeletons while “Mad World” (the Gary Jules cover, a classic meme anthem) plays in the background. The ‘meteor/meatier’ video is great because of its classic humor and Peterson’s genuine emotion 
Petersen says that she’s heard the joke in the past, using both the “meteor/meatier” pun as well as a similar “asteroid/steroid” pun. People were making vague, teary references to the “meteor/meatier” joke, while others reposted Petersen’s video. She said that she considered refilming, but eventually felt like the video wouldn’t get many views anyways and “left it in for the sake of being genuine.”
Responses to the content have been different on both TikTok and Twitter
In just a few short days, Petersen’s video has not only exploded on TikTok, but become a Twitter meme in its own right. “I’m grateful that I have the best doctors that I could ever ask for, ” she said. Like, I did, me personally, Eliza,'” she told Insider. And I’m super grateful for Cam on Twitter for posting it in the first place. “And so when I had made this video, I took off the beard and I switched back to the angel and all of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I just killed the dinosaurs. — lize mo petey (@eliza_morey) September 13, 2020

Petersen had originally posted a version of the sequel video on both TikTok and Twitter that didn’t include God wearing a mask under the beard, but made the decision to remake the video with a mask because she didn’t want it to serve as an excuse for people go to in public without a mask. “And I haven’t been able to do that ever, and I’ve been able to pay off the past damage that it’s done to me in a way that has been more impactful than any of the small payments that I had been making previously.”
Petersen says that others who currently have or have survived breast cancer have reached out to her to show their support her and tell her that she’s not alone. “That specific style of humor that isn’t necessarily crude and is just kind of punny — it lasts,” she said. 🦖🦕🥰❤️ — lize mo petey (@eliza_morey) September 10, 2020

Although she says that her early content on TikTok didn’t feature dinosaurs, they’ve now started to become a part of her brand. Here’s some pics of me on the job, finding/prepping/plastering bones! “It’s fun wordplay, it’s easy to make your own spin on it, and I think that’s what really makes it an everlasting joke. “After people were retweeting me and commenting and liking and sharing, it got to a point where I was able to safely plan for six months,” Petersen said. — lize mo petey (@eliza_morey) September 10, 2020

“I’ve never been able to safely plan for my future medically, which is terrifying,” she said, telling Insider that she would frequently stretch the time periods between treatments to mitigate the financial impact. I’ve heard that joke for years, but I think his script is what made it so easy to play off of.”

god: did you give the dinosaurs more muscle like I askedangel: wait whatgod: I told you to make them meatierangel: oh MEATier — cam (@climaxximus) January 30, 2020

What really makes the joke sing in Petersen’s performance, however, are the visible tears in her eyes as she acts out both the angel and God choking up as they realize that they’ve accidentally killed the dinosaurs. While she started as an intern, she later became a field volunteer, where she helps search for dinosaur bones. @lizemopetey This is the REAL paleo diet 🦖 ##fyp ##foryou ##HealthyLiving ##paleontology ♬ Tomorrows Gonna Be A Brighter Day Jim Croce – lizemopetey

“I got a lot of physical criticism from that video, which was really sad because I hadn’t faced that up to that point,” she told Insider. “It was not a great thing to viral for, necessarily.”
After that video, Petersen said that she realized that people enjoyed the dinosaur focus and that she wanted to continue to pursue it. As the angel, played by Petersen, and God, played by Petersen in a paper beard, go back and forth, there are genuine tears in her eyes. She told Insider that she’s been paying hospital bills since age 19, and that her treatment plan involves mostly tracking and monitoring her cancer, which is expensive. — invidia (@purrseok) September 12, 2020

The difference between responses on both platforms showed through in a sequel video that she posted on both Twitter and TikTok. She told Insider that she started working in the labs three years ago as well. She posted a video on June 2 that showed her licking dinosaur bones over the years of her work — a real method that can help you determine whether you’ve found a fossil or a rock. Petersen has a background in dinosaurs, and this isn’t the first time they’ve fueled her content
Peterson told Insider that she’s been volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Utah for five years. God faces the aftermath…… In a viral video first posted on TikTok and later widely circulated on Twitter, user @lizemopetey — also known as 23-year-old Eliza Petersen — acts out a tragic misunderstanding between an angel and God that, in this scenario, leads to the death of the dinosaurs themselves. Aside from the hilarity of the exchange itself — Petersen credits the script to a viral January 2019 tweet from Twitter user @climaxximus, who BuzzFeed News reported is joke writer Cameron Tidwell — Petersen’s acting and casual costuming is what sells the clip. …meatier…..

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