One Oklahoma Papaw was excited to see his six grandchildren during their time off on spring break, so he cooked up twelve Pawpaw-style burgers, and awaited their arrival...and only one grandchild showed up, Kelsey Harmon, who tweeted a picture of the spurned grill-master. Now, Pawpaw is the star of what may be the all-time saddest viral image of someone holding a hamburger, and it's tugging on the heart strings of nearly 130,000 retweeters.
Harmon's interview with Buzzfeed News revealed even more heartbreaking details, such as how "“he even made homemade ice cream, [their] favorite as kids.”
So I sit down and get a plate, but he waits because he wanted to make sure everyone else got plenty. Well about 30 minutes pass and he decides he’ll eat just one. An hour goes by and nobody shows. I could tell he was disappointed, but I made sure to stick around and hang out with him. We had a really great time.
Twitter's heart shattered.
Papaw's five no-show grandkids swiftly became the villains of the day, and received a torrent of death threats from the mob frenzy of online reactionaries, which, if you are famous on the Internet for any reason, good or bad, you unfortunately must deal with.
Kelsey updated the situation, letting everyone know her Papaw was alright and asking Twitter to chill out with the talk of murdering her cousins.
With the pressure of the world watching, cousin Brock eventually did show up to beg for Papaw's forgiveness and attain citizenship in burger-town.
What's Papaw's reaction to all of this? Apparently he doesn't understand why or how it's gotten so popular, because of course Papaw is too cool to use or understand social media.
Kelsey told Buzzfeed, "he appreciates all the kind words and he is fine. He knows we all love him very much.”
It's good to hear that all is well in Papaw Harmon's burger kingdom. But someone has to pay. Who do you think deserves Papaw's punishment?