"So this is heaven? I hate it."
May 17, 2019 5:01 AM   Subscribe

With the words "some days are grumpier than others," the official Grumpy Cat twitter feed announced today that Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), possibly the most famous cat on earth, passed away this week from complications of an infection. Despite the grumpy face, little Tardar Sauce was apparently the sweetest of cats, and paradoxically, the grumpiness brought joy to millions. She will be missed.
posted by litlnemo (82 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by Faint of Butt at 5:07 AM on May 17 [1 favorite]


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posted by Bee'sWing at 5:07 AM on May 17 [11 favorites]


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posted by Thorzdad at 5:10 AM on May 17


Godspeed, Tardar Sauce.

May your grumpy mug delight the kitty angels.
posted by darkstar at 5:10 AM on May 17 [7 favorites]


Disliked her owners quite a bit but she brought joy to millions with that mug.

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posted by Young Kullervo at 5:12 AM on May 17 [14 favorites]


I knew something felt especially grumpy this week.

Sleep well, sweet one.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:13 AM on May 17 [4 favorites]


Aw, g'night, Grumpy. Your grumpy face made a lot of people very happy.
posted by xingcat at 5:14 AM on May 17


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posted by Foosnark at 5:14 AM on May 17


It's kind of weird how we all know how disgustingly offensive and ableist her real name was, and how we all sort of collectively accepted the flimsy excuse that her name was "Tardar Sauce" (the condiment in question, of course, is actually "tartar sauce"), but none of that was the cat's fault. She was just a very good kitty with a funny face, and I hope she's having a grand old time in the Land of Milk and Salmon.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:16 AM on May 17 [71 favorites]




Grumpy Cat...passed away 

Good.

(not my actual view, just remembering them in death as they memed in life. good kitty, the time for scowling is over, rest)
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:24 AM on May 17 [9 favorites]


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posted by evilDoug at 5:24 AM on May 17


Hail and farewell, thou sourest of pusses.
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:26 AM on May 17 [6 favorites]


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Really sad to see this. She was a pretty young kitty. She definitely brought joy to millions. Hope Pokey is holding up okay.
posted by jzb at 5:27 AM on May 17 [6 favorites]


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posted by Gorgik at 5:34 AM on May 17


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posted by bunderful at 5:38 AM on May 17


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posted by Jade Dragon at 5:41 AM on May 17


If I die of a UTI, please don't put that in my obituary.
posted by guiseroom at 5:42 AM on May 17 [46 favorites]


guiseroom: If I die of a UTI, please don't put that in my obituary.

Then what do we call it, your "ob---ary"? Your "obary"?

This totally calls for a Grumpy Cat face.
posted by wenestvedt at 5:52 AM on May 17 [61 favorites]


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posted by sallybrown at 5:52 AM on May 17


and how we all sort of collectively accepted the flimsy excuse that her name was "Tardar Sauce”


Huh...I never got that vibe from her name. I just figured it was a quirky spelling for the condiment, like “cheezburger”, etc. But then, I‘m sometimes naive about such things, and didn’t really read up on the cat’s back story, only catching fleeting glimpses of the memes as my chief source of awareness.

Anyway, cute kitteh and sorry to hear of her passing.
posted by darkstar at 5:54 AM on May 17 [9 favorites]


I loved Grumpy Cat! I knew she was actually sweet!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 5:55 AM on May 17 [3 favorites]


Grumpy face is typical of cats. I agree that cats have it
posted by adamk127 at 5:59 AM on May 17


@abrahamjoseph on Twitter:
I hate to speak ill of the recently departed but let us never forget that the Grumpy Cat empire was built on stolen Kate Beaton content — see my 2015 interview with her (Beaton, not the cat) for the tea: Vulture
posted by Space Coyote at 6:01 AM on May 17 [33 favorites]


"So we have an effigy of a dead cat in the house now," said my spouse in reaction to this news.
posted by Etrigan at 6:03 AM on May 17 [13 favorites]


She was only seven. The news made me gulp and look over at my Trilby, who is twelve.
posted by orange swan at 6:08 AM on May 17 [20 favorites]


Rest in bitch face.
posted by pracowity at 6:09 AM on May 17 [42 favorites]


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posted by Rosie M. Banks at 6:10 AM on May 17 [1 favorite]


So Sad. Cats are precious, grumpy or happy. Sympathy to her people family.
posted by mermayd at 6:11 AM on May 17 [4 favorites]


Only seven? That’s such a shame, poor kitty.
posted by porn in the woods at 6:15 AM on May 17 [3 favorites]


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posted by grumpybear69 at 6:16 AM on May 17


Huh...I never got that vibe from her name.

From what I remember, her name originally was just "Tard", then when she started to get internet famous and the owners realized they could cash in on the meme, it kind of got dubiously retconned into "oh, it's short for Tardar Sauce". So, yeah... not a huge fan of the owners. But GC herself was pure, and from all pictures and video I've seen of her public appearances seemed sweet and surprisingly tolerant of the attention forced upon her. May she rest in peace.

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posted by Roommate at 6:20 AM on May 17 [29 favorites]




I got the news through my facebook feed, as news posted by Sam of Sam and Dave, with a picture of him holding Grumpy Cat in what looks to be an airport. This may be a weird timeline, but sometimes it comes up with nice stuff.

Thank you for sharing this timeline with me, Grumpy Cat.
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:31 AM on May 17 [5 favorites]


news posted by Sam of Sam and Dave, with a picture of him holding Grumpy Cat in what looks to be an airport.

well, now I've got "Hold On, I'm Grumpy" stuck in my head
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:35 AM on May 17 [9 favorites]


But GC herself was pure

Pure as the driven grumpy snow!
posted by XMLicious at 6:59 AM on May 17 [5 favorites]


Here's Shitty Watercoulour's take on Grumpy Cat's arrival in heaven. (Facebook link)
posted by vespabelle at 7:06 AM on May 17 [6 favorites]


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posted by twilightlost at 7:26 AM on May 17


Space Coyote - “Kate Beaton content”

Hey, speaking of that, :)
posted by Guy Smiley at 7:38 AM on May 17 [10 favorites]


. for the cat, not for the owners.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:42 AM on May 17


Poor kitty, I hope she's finally getting some peace and quiet. No cat wants to be photographed and messed with that much.
posted by frobozz at 7:44 AM on May 17 [10 favorites]


Fokke & Sukke won't be cheerful anytime soon. “How can they just let Eurovision continue???”

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posted by farlukar at 7:47 AM on May 17 [2 favorites]


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posted by dlugoczaj at 7:52 AM on May 17


I will wish many unpleasant things on people who use that kind of language about intellectual and developmental disabilities, but somehow, losing a cat isn't a thing I'd actually wish on anybody. My older cat is about seven and I would have hugged her, but I like having my face still attached to the rest of me and she is Not a Hugging Cat even if she looks like one, so we just did extra treats today to make me feel better.
posted by Sequence at 7:56 AM on May 17 [7 favorites]


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posted by lazaruslong at 8:08 AM on May 17


I hate to speak ill of the recently departed but let us never forget that the Grumpy Cat empire was built on stolen Kate Beaton content — see my 2015 interview with her (Beaton, not the cat) for the tea: Vulture

Ugh, I am far more a Beaton fan than a Grumpy Cat fan, but that writer is peddling weak nonsense. Sucked me into clicking though, so mission accomplished Mr. Tea Guy.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:10 AM on May 17 [11 favorites]


She was only seven. The news made me gulp and look over at my Trilby, who is twelve.

My own cat lived to be 19, if that counterpoint helps.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:22 AM on May 17 [1 favorite]


I just lost my cat suddenly to an infection then blood clot at 12. He was so healthy and alive. Goodbye, Tardar. You made me laugh and smile.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 8:36 AM on May 17 [4 favorites]


I don’t care what the owners named her, she just made me smile.
posted by Guy Smiley at 8:57 AM on May 17 [2 favorites]


I always thought the name Tardar Sauce sounded kinda stoopid, but....yeah on the actual story.

That said, "Grumpy Cat" sure seemed like a better name. Poor kitty.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:59 AM on May 17


I’m pretty sure “I had fun once .. I hated it” is a super old standup chestnut. I know I’ve said it before the web existed .
posted by freecellwizard at 9:02 AM on May 17 [7 favorites]


The phrase "dubiously retconned" is now stuck in my head. over and over and over and over. When I first heard her "real name" it pretty much ruined that whole thing for me.

. for the cat herself. Kitty should've had a quiet life doing cat stuff.
posted by fiercecupcake at 9:13 AM on May 17 [8 favorites]


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posted by JoeXIII007 at 9:31 AM on May 17


Guess the good and the grumpy die young. We'll miss you kitteh.
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posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 9:33 AM on May 17


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posted by Secretariat at 10:03 AM on May 17


I hate everything about the whole "influencer" thing when it comes to marketing, but I have to admit I fell for Grumpy Cat Goes To Disneyland
posted by Mchelly at 10:11 AM on May 17


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posted by numaner at 10:42 AM on May 17


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posted by MexicanYenta at 10:44 AM on May 17 [1 favorite]


The Iron Sheik had a most beautiful tweet eulogy this morning:
"THE GRUMPY CAT I LOVE HER FOREVER BUT IN THE PET HEAVEN SHE BETTER NOT CHEAP SHOT THE FRANKIE B WARE OR ELSE FRANKIE USE BEAK TO SUPLEX HER SO HARD GRUMPY CAT FACE LOOK LIKE THE JABRONI HELLO KITTY. GOD BLESS THE GRUMPY CAT I HOPE SHE HAS LOTS OF THE SEX WITH LION KING FATHER"
posted by queensissy at 11:00 AM on May 17 [9 favorites]


The Iron Sheik had a most beautiful tweet eulogy this morning:
"THE GRUMPY CAT I LOVE HER FOREVER BUT IN THE PET HEAVEN SHE BETTER NOT CHEAP SHOT THE FRANKIE B WARE OR ELSE FRANKIE USE BEAK TO SUPLEX HER SO HARD GRUMPY CAT FACE LOOK LIKE THE JABRONI HELLO KITTY. GOD BLESS THE GRUMPY CAT I HOPE SHE HAS LOTS OF THE SEX WITH LION KING FATHER"
posted by queensissy at 1:00 PM on May 17


I honestly thought you were kidding around. Wow.
posted by themanwho at 11:11 AM on May 17 [5 favorites]


Oh, no, Iron Sheik's Twitter is....kinda like spicy food: you cry, you grimace, but you come back for more.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:08 PM on May 17 [3 favorites]


Hang in there, baby.

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posted by RobotVoodooPower at 12:18 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]


Grumpy Cat's owners are total Milkshake Ducks but that isn't, of course, a reflection on Grumpy Cat. Godspeed, Grumpy Cat. Excelsior!
posted by Justinian at 1:08 PM on May 17


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posted by Joey Michaels at 2:06 PM on May 17


For anyone keeping score, at the moment Grumpy Cat's obit thread has 64 comments, I. M. Pei's has 29. Sic transit gloria mundi.
posted by dannyboybell at 2:16 PM on May 17 [9 favorites]


Well, this is the internet. And Grumpy Cat is a cat. QED
posted by Bee'sWing at 2:45 PM on May 17 [6 favorites]


Yeah, I don't think Beaton came up with that joke. I heard that line long before Grumpy Cat and I've never seen that comic. And for that matter, IIRC, I think it was some random online meme-maker who attached it to Grumpy Cat, not her owners.
posted by litlnemo at 3:28 PM on May 17


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posted by BlueHorse at 4:01 PM on May 17 [3 favorites]


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posted by XtinaS at 4:11 PM on May 17


I never knew that she had an ~official~ twitter account, nor what she was named irl. I hope her passing was relatively painless. I don't know anything about that type of infection, but poor her. Rest in Peace, Grumpy Cat ;; <3
posted by one teak forest at 4:22 PM on May 17


One of the things that cheered me up in tough times was Grumpy Cat and I was always heartened that, because she was so young, she'd be around and making me happy with her feline misanthropy for years to come. I'm not quite as upset as I was when I heard about Tony Bourdain's passing, but it's not far off.
posted by essexjan at 4:33 PM on May 17 [3 favorites]


The made a Little Golden Book about her. The same series with the Pokey Little Puppy.

That made me happy, but her passing makes me sad.

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posted by SpacemanStix at 6:26 PM on May 17 [3 favorites]




aw, I laughed but through tears for that one.
posted by litlnemo at 8:26 PM on May 17


I hope Maru and Lil Bub are in good health, is all I can say. I couldn't handle more.
posted by QuakerMel at 9:31 AM on May 18 [1 favorite]


Grumpy Cat's obit thread has 64 comments, I. M. Pei's has 29.

This is probably related to the fact people have heard of Grumpy Cat.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:21 PM on May 18 [1 favorite]


Tarder Meets Garfield (circa 2013)
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:43 PM on May 18


If you were around back in the days he was active, and payed any attention to the news, you would have heard of I. M. Pei. But the man was 102, he's been out of the news for 30 years.
posted by Bee'sWing at 6:23 AM on May 19 [2 favorites]


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Here's hoping her brother Pokey has a long life ahead of him still.
posted by radwolf76 at 7:19 PM on May 19 [1 favorite]


IIRC Pokey is only a year older, so he could still be with us a long time yet.
posted by litlnemo at 11:14 PM on May 19


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posted by Silverstone at 11:52 AM on May 20


It's a miracle: Grumpy Cat in an apple!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:09 PM on May 28 [1 favorite]


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