It can be argued that there are fewer things more New York than a slice of pizza, the subway and a rat. But a viral video showing those three things together has gotten the Internet’s attention.
Behold “Pizza Rat,” the Internet’s newest viral star and, for some, a symbol of the ultimate New Yorker.
A YouTube video was uploaded Monday of a rat attempting to carry a slice of pizza down some subway stairs in the Big Apple. By early Tuesday, it had already been viewed more than 1.4 million times.
No matter that the slice is way bigger than the rat and at any minute it could be squashed by humans who are also just trying to get to their destination, the rat looked to be on a mission.
“He appears poised to complete the descent and return to his squalid rat hole with his unnecessarily large prize — an inspiring demonstration of the grit and determination one needs to make it in New York City,” Caroline Bankoff wrote for the Daily Intelligencer.
Suddenly, “Pizza Rat” was being hailed online as “Carrie Ratshaw” (a nod to the “Sex and the City” character Carrie Bradshaw), and an all-around winner at life. It also spawned a quiz that can apparently determine whether a user is “Pizza Rat.”
The Internet has embraced it, with “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen tweeting that — like many — he was simply “obsessed with #PizzaRat.”
There is already a New York Pizza Rat Twitter account, which offers a simple explanation for the trek: “Wasn’t trying to make a statement, humans. Just trying to get some damn pizza down some subway stairs.”