If you’re looking for a little bit of internet light relief, you need not look any further than Cuca, the blonde Brazilian alligator, who has become the internet’s new favorite meme.
Given that it was only a few weeks ago that the Babadook became the ultimate LGBTQ icon and completely overtook Pride celebrations all over the country, it comes as a surprise that it seems that the mysterious monster from a pop-up book has been usurped as the meme de-jour.
Instead of the Babadook, people on social media have become besotted with this blonde alligator, and she’s actually kind of iconic.
Cuca is the new meme queen even tho she's from 1921 but she was ahead of her time. pic.twitter.com/XJgGFie9f3— Dji (@swarovskitits) June 15, 2017
But who is Cuca and where does she come from?
Well, the alligator actually originates from a 2000s TV adaptation of the Sítio do Pica-Pau Amarelo novels, a series of books by Brazilian author Monteiro Lobato that focus on two children who go on adventures with their living toys.
Cuca first appeared in the novels in 1921 (hence her now iconic status), and is a witch (because of course). While the character might be slightly older, however, the iteration that has taken the internet by storm is from a 2001 TV adaptation.
I've spent my night making new gifs of Cuca and her friends from Sítio do Pica-Pau Amarelo. They are iconic. pic.twitter.com/EbMPMGfnt1— Calvin (@calvinstowell) June 16, 2017
Indeed, some on Twitter have claimed that the wigged alligator could become the next LGBTQ icon.
WHO IS CUCA? Here's all you need to know about the next great gay icon: pic.twitter.com/yQTkAPKfTM— Mike T (@majtague) June 16, 2017
gay twitter: babadook is the new gay icon!!!— T. Kyle ️ (@tkylemac) June 16, 2017
three days later: pic.twitter.com/9pF9kjq4w7
This could partly because Cuca appears to be a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
"GREEDY! Ooh! You know that I'm greedy for love." pic.twitter.com/Be94xEMWPm— Mike T (@majtague) June 16, 2017
Hola mis amores! Would you like to see my cuca?! pic.twitter.com/vl4y4i27Yl— miss Cuca (@AmericanHunty) June 16, 2017
Of course, much of Cuca’s appeal is in her sassy movements, her blonde wig, her outfits, and hair flipping. Oh, and the fact that she’s a reptile. When combined, it makes her the perfect object for pop culture commentary.
me trying to explain to all my friends why cuca is the meme of the year pic.twitter.com/DreMD1F6w7— Gissell (@Glassygg) June 16, 2017
"Now bitch you know I ain't one to gossip so you didn't hear this from me let's be clear on THAT" pic.twitter.com/Xl2x3D0hft— Demi Lobotomy (@shookshack) June 16, 2017
One thing is certain: Cuca is a QUEEN, and we wish her a long and healthy life as both an LGBTQ icon and an internet meme.