We were horrified to read on CNN’s GeekOut blog that Corgis may be overtaking cats in pawpularity on the Interwebs. Say it ain’t so!
After a deft bit of investigative repurrting, the Mousebreath staff found the evidence to be pathetically weak, even contrived.
I’ll admit, that video of corgis playing tetherball was somewhat amusing. But cats can play tetherball, too, even if it’s only 71 pageviews’ worth. Corgis get credit for that video of Corgis singing Happy Birthday for the Queen Mum’s 100th birthday. But singing cats have been around furever.
Need we mention that Corgis are hopeless when it comes to fashion?
The only source of this dubious (and we feel compelled to add, BASELESS) claim is Caldwell Tanner, an artist at collegehumor.com who happens to adore corgis.
Ann Hoevel writes:
That’s because Welsh corgis have taken the Internet by storm, and according to artist Caldwell Tanner, they’re the perfect vehicle for online communication.
“In a very silly way I was trying to make a statement about it,” Tanner said about this small dog that has made its way into the zeitgeist. Tanner is a full-time illustrator at CollegeHumor.com and off-hour corgi enthusiast.
At work, because of the nature of CollegeHumor’s content, Tanner said he’s faced with a daily onslaught of videos, Internet media and culture. Being exposed to so many images and ideas now associated with corgis, Tanner had a realization.
“Cats are kind of the prototypical Internet animal, and now it’s corgis,” he said, referencing lolcats and advice animals Internet memes. “They’re like the new cats, the more sincere version of cats.”
So, a lone Corgi guy waxes poetic about a bunch of stump-legged tetherball-playing dogs and expects cats to cede their throne as the prototypical Internet animal based on his prejudiced and myopic observations? I think it’s time to hock up a hairball on this one.