Comedian’s take on ‘White People Thanksgiving’ goes viral


If for some reason you’re not sure what to expect from Thanksgiving in 2022, then a TikToker watcher has you covered.

The social media star’s take on a traditional ‘White People’s Thanksgiving’ has gone viral, after highlighting tropes like timing, repetitive pans and common gender roles.

TikToker @thejollybirate video (inset) has gone viral for describing ‘white people’s thanksgiving’ online.
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With millions of views and thousands of comments, @thejollybirate, whose screen name is Autumn, has tapped into the pulse of the nation.

In a follow-up video, they acknowledged that the comments section was split, with half of viewers calling it “so accurate”, while the other half said it was “inaccurate”.

“First of all, be prepared to show up around 1:00 p.m. We really have a Thanksgiving lunch,” the TikToker said in its first submission.

When it comes to the Thanksgiving dishes on offer, newbies may be even more confused.

“Don’t expect a huge variety of foods, even for a large family. You’ll probably only have a variation of the same three casseroles we all eat,” the comedian said. “On the plus side, there will be pie, deli pie but still pie after the meal.”

Alternatively, if pie isn’t your thing, Newsweek spoke to a group of celebrity chefs who suggested their own easy-yet-awesome Thanksgiving dessert recipes.

Families get together every Thanksgiving, but it’s not always a smooth affair. Inevitably, arguments can break out, which has caused some to avoid their families altogether during the holidays. For those ready to brave some family time, here’s what they can expect.

“If you don’t leave immediately [after food]prepare to gather with people with the same gender expression as you, and if you’re not on the gender binary, congratulations, you’re in the kids group,” Autumn said on TikToker.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can choose to sit with the men watching any sports game or sit with the women at the dining table, talking about everyone. At least the kids will play video games.”

To conclude, @thejollybirate discussed which dishes guests are expected to take and which ones are prohibited.

“Don’t and I repeat, don’t bring your own mac and cheese. I’m sure it’s delicious, but either we have one of our own family tradition mac and cheese that we won’t deviate from , or we’ve literally never heard of mac and cheese on Thanksgiving.

“If you really wanted to be adventurous, try bringing an appetizer dip. Ninety percent of all acceptable dips to bring to a white family Thanksgiving will start with one of these two ingredients: a whole block of cream cheese or a cup and- half the mayo. And if all else fails, bring a can of cranberry sauce. Happy Thanksgiving.

The roundup of a “White Family Thanksgiving” drew huge praise from some viewers. “The accuracy is astounding,” said the top comment.

Others suggested their own Thanksgiving looked different, but one TikTok user wrote that he wished he had known that from the start: “I really wish I had that information on my first experience because I definitely brought rice and beans and was so clumsy.”

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