Woman who was unlikely star of gay fetish meme 'comes out'05/28/2021
Star of viral meme showing a woman looking lost in a throng of leather-clad gay men at a San Francisco bondage fair finally reveals her identity as a lawyer – and admits she’s enjoyed her ’15 minutes of fame’
- San Francisco lawyer Amruta Godbole saw her photo go viral as a meme after she was snapped two years ago at San Francisco’s Folsom Street BDSM Fair
- Image shows Godbole, 35, looking a little lost as she stands amongst dozens of scantily-clad gay men wearing leather
- This week, Godrole ‘came out’ as the main woman in the photo, saying: ‘I’m in this photo and I don’t like it. jk. I mean that is actually me in the photo.’
- Told Buzzfeed News: ‘I’m also 5’1, and they’re all very tall and muscular, so I was just so clearly standing out’
A San Francisco lawyer who saw her photo become a viral meme two years ago has finally revealed that she’s the woman in the image.
Amruta Godbole, 35, told her followers on Twitter last week that she was in fact the lost-looking woman pictured surrounded by leather-clad gay men outside a bar in the city.
The meme has been circulating since 2018 when a friend of Godbole’s posted it on Instagram but it was actually taken at the fair in 2017, she said.
In the photo, Godbole is pictured looking like a ‘fish out of water’ wearing a t-shirt and denim while surrounded by muscular men who are mostly wearing leather bondage harnesses.
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Putting the me in Meme: San Francisco lawyer Amruta Godbole saw her photo go viral after she was snapped in 2017 at the San Francisco’s Folsom Street BDSM Fair amongst a throng of leather-clad gay men
This week, Godrole ‘came out’ as the woman in the photo, saying: ‘I’m in this photo and I don’t like it. jk. I mean that is actually me in the photo.’
The lawyer let the world in on her secret by responding to the meme after it was recently shared on Twitter, referencing former Disney star Olivia Rodrigo’s more grown-up fan base following the release of her latest album.
Godbole wrote: ‘I’m in this photo and I don’t like it. Jk. I mean that is actually me in the photo. But I like it every time.’
Explaining how the photo came to be, Godbole, who has the Twitter handle @dj_roots wrote: ‘A friend took a photo of me at Folsom Street Fair a couple years ago, posted to IG, it somehow went viral, and now it’s a meme!’
She said the meme ‘comes up about monthly, in various languages, across the internet’ and had enjoyed the ’15 minutes (seconds) of fame’ that the image had brought her.
Godbole told BuzzFeed News: ‘In that moment people were looking at the photo and saying, “You’re going to be famous,”‘.
She added: ‘One of my main groups of friends in San Francisco is a group of gay men, so I have often found myself in situations where I’m the one woman amid all of these gay men.
‘I’m also 5’1, and they’re all very tall and muscular, so I was just so clearly standing out.’
After sharing that she was the star of the meme, Godbole was praised for ‘coming out’, with one writing: ‘You are officially a gay icon we love to see it’ and another labelling her a ‘queen’.
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