Every now and then, the Internet proves that it is the greatest place on Earth. It gives rise to ordinary people with the use of one single button: "upload." It has made a grocery bagging boy at the local Target an American heartthrob, one single, and utterly confusing, white and gold (or blue and black?) dress divide the world, and now it has made one teenager and his sick pair of white Vans the latest viral sensation.
Damn Daniel pic.twitter.com/Va10hmpePO
— josh (@josholzz) February 16, 2016
In the video, which now has 260,000 retweets and 330,000 likes, Holz films Lara over a series of days strutting around at school, playing it cool and smiling shyly whenever the camera is pointed at him.
Each time the Riverside High Schooler debuts a new outfit, Josh says, in probably the greatest voice we've ever heard, "Daaaaaaamn, Daniel!"
And whenever Daniel appears wearing one particular sneaker, Josh praises his friend: "back at it again with the white Vans!"
And just like that, the "Damn, Daniel" meme was born:
Get Daniel's look:
damn daniel starter pack pic.twitter.com/1g4L3y2wDR
— Four Pins (@Four_Pins) February 17, 2016
Get Joshua's voice:
Damn daniel 😂💀 pic.twitter.com/2VWgeykgC9
— WSHH FANS (@WORIDSTARHIPH0P) February 21, 2016
Get "Damn, Daniel!" Valentine's Day cards:
— Louise Daly (@louisedaly7) February 21, 2016
People are failing exams because of Daniel:
— chey (@cheeyennnne) February 18, 2016
Look, even Daniel Radcliffe wears white Vans!
DAMN DANIEL !
BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE WHITE VANS: pic.twitter.com/WGridCFRPE
— harman (@deadpoooI) February 19, 2016
And of course, the new hit banger taking over the Internet? That hot beat, "Dayum Daniel":
As for Vans, we're still waiting to hear if the white kicks are flying off the shelves worldwide. All we do know is, they're making it a point to say the white Vans have "never left."
@AbuKaBOOM hahaha. well, technically - we never left!
— Vans (@VANS_66) February 19, 2016
— Vans (@VANS_66) February 18, 2016
So it's time to stop asking "WHAT ARE THOSE" because, obviously, they're white Vans and we're calling it as the must-have shoe for the spring. Look, even people on Twitter are needing them ASAP:
I'm against white shoes but thanks to the #damndaniel thing I really need a pair of white vans
— Elisa (@ereamer33) February 21, 2016
Am going to need a pair of white vans to keep up with Daniel #damnnnD
— Caitlin • (@y7cmg) February 21, 2016
Kinda feel like I need a pair of white vans now.
— lena (@elenaamdall) February 20, 2016
Smh I ain't even gonna wear J's anymore, I just need a pair of white vans
— A.J. McCollum (@drufromtheflock) February 20, 2016
I need a pair of white vans just so I can post a pic with the caption "back at it again with the white vans"
— if you seek ami (@00sbrat) February 19, 2016
You'll never look at your pair of white Vans the same way:
thinkin bout u Daniel pic.twitter.com/0Kn4vPVsP2
— TINA WOODS (@tinawoodsss) February 19, 2016