Set to the 1954 song “Mr. Sandman” by the barbershop group the Chordettes, the 12-second video has taken the internet by storm.
Jade Taylor-Ryan is a 17-year-old high school student in Ontario,
Canada, with a passion for soccer, her cat Ed (named for Ed Sheeran as
they share a similar hair color, she said), and TikTok.
She’s only been using the video app since last month, but on Friday she uploaded a video starring 4-year-old Ed that’s become one of TikTok’s most insanely viral creations.
Set to the 1954 song “Mr. Sandman” by the barbershop group the Chordettes, the 12-second video shows Ed clapping his paws, peering into the camera, and twirling as Jade swings him in and out of frame in time with the music.
Jade told BuzzFeed News the idea just “popped into [her] head” on Thursday night while watching another user combine the app’s nine-camera split filter with the same song.
“I put my phone on the floor and set a timer on it so I didn’t have to use my hands to film,” she said in an email. “I then timed when my cat would pop up in the frame based on the beat of the music.”
For anyone worried about Ed being twirled about, rest assured Jade said no cats were harmed in the making of the video. “Ed is very chill!” she said. “We pick him up and move him around all the time and he doesn’t really care, so I figured I would be able to do the same thing for the video. Turns out, I was right!”
many videos on the app, Jade’s creation was her contribution to an
ongoing TikTok meme — in this instance, the combination of “Mr. Sandman”
with the nine-camera split filter.
Popular user Enoch True began the trend a couple months back when he posted this video to his more than 6 million followers. It’s since been played more than 22.5 million times.
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