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In The Kim Kardashian “This Is So Cringe” TikTok Trend, Creators Are Guilty

The Kardashian-Jenner clan has been the brunt of several viral trends (and jokes) on TikTok, from Kendall Jenner’s laughable cucumber cutting mishap to Kris Jenner’s viral #GetKrissed TikTok trend. And now, Kim Kardashian is leading another viral TikTok trend that creators can’t get enough of: the Kim Kardashian “This Is So Cringe” TikTok trend.

Although Gen Z likes to hate on the Kardashian-Jenners — from calling them out on their problematic histories to judging their (lack of) vegetable slicing skills — they still manage to let the millionaire family dominate the popular app. A lot of the time, I can’t tell if Gen Z is worshiping the Kardashian-Jenners, or if they’re just interested in meme-ifying them. Perhaps it’s a combination of both.

Whether you like the Kardashian-Jenners or not, what makes the Kim Kardashian “This Is So Cringe” TikTok trend so fun is that it’s easy to recreate, and it derives from an iconic scene in television. Here’s where the viral trend comes from and how to try it out yourself.

Where did the trending sound originate?

The trending sound originates from an episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) that Kardashian herself hosted in October 2021 (you know, where the love story between her and Pete Davidson allegedly started). The sketch where the sound specifically comes from, titled “The People’s Kourt,” follows judge Kourtney Kardashian (played by Kardashian) as she hosts a television court show with her sidekick Travis Barker, played by Mikey Day.

User @quackitheestallion revived “The People’s Kourt” on TikTok by posting a clip of Kardashian saying, “Ew, this is so cringe. Guilty,” as she slams her gavel. Although the video was originally posted in November 2021, creators began piggybacking off the sound just a few weeks ago — and the Kim Kardashian “This Is So Cringe” TikTok trend was born.

In the Kim Kardashian “This Is So Cringe” TikTok trend, creators are found guilty.

Creators are using the trending audio to shamelessly call out their own guilty pleasures. Celebrities like Jojo Siwa have even participated in the viral trend, saying, “When people are obsessed with their own TV show.” (Hey, if I was in Dance Moms like Jojo, I’d be addicted to it, too.)

Other creators were quick to hop on the trend, with user @ericaa.haa saying, “People who make TikToks [every time] they’re feeling themselves.” User @bagel.boivin called herself out for not wearing a bra (you do you, bestie!), while user @kadenceramseyer3 admitted to crying every time she gets frustrated (I hate to ask this, but are you a Cancer moon, Kadence?). Creator @laraadkins was found guilty of having all of her favorite songs deriving from musicals (I personally will listen to Hamilton until the day I die), while user @carlyrivlin admitted to sometimes falling into a British accent mid-sentence. Hey, we all have our quirks.

Trying the Kim Kardashian “This Is So Cringe” TikTok trend is easy.

To try out the trend yourself, scroll through the audio to get some inspiration — after all, there are hundreds of thousands of videos to look at from some amazing creators. Then, think of your own guilty pleasure or habit — whether it’s that you spend $7 on an iced oat milk latte even though you have $20 in your bank account, or that you think that every single thing that happens to you is a “sign from the universe — and get to filming. You’re doing great, sweetie!

Zoë is a writer and recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English. Formerly, she was an associate editor at Her Campus, where she covered Gen Z pop culture, beauty and style trends, and everything in between. When she's not writing or editing, Zoë can be found reading, sipping coffee, and exploring new places in California.