So you’ve heard of the Kardashians and their fam, but did you know that there’s been a bit of a stir surrounding another family that’s taken the social media world by storm? That’s right, we’re now entering the world of the Bennetts, and they’ve got quite a following. One of the most popular memes surrounding the Bennetts is the “Penny pincher” photo, which features the beautiful Camille standing with her back to the camera, while her husband Robert looks on in dismay as his wife prepares to steal a few pennies from his wallet. Let’s take a quick journey back in time to December 17th, 2017, when this photo was posted on Twitter by @TheRealBennett84 with the caption, “A penny pincher, never happier to see a penny.” The photo instantly became a viral sensation, with over 17 million views and over 479,000 retweets at the time of this writing.
Since then, the Bennetts have used their massive social media following to influence politics, entertainment, and fashion, creating a platform that’s completely unique in today’s world. While the couple remain relatively private, they’ve been known to use their influence for good (most notably with regard to mental health and LGBTQ+ rights).
Considering the cultural influence that the Bennetts have amassed, it’s no surprise that they’ve become the subject of countless memes and pop culture references. Here are just a few of the funniest, quirkiest, and most influential memes regarding the family.
Memes Surrounding The Bennetts
For those unfamiliar, a meme is a type of media reproduction that evolves through pop culture and social media. It generally consists of a funny, interesting, or surprising image with text superimposed on top (hence the name “meme”). The definition of a meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that is passed from person to person within a culture.” The most famous memes are often used to represent how a culture is feeling or acting at a specific point in time. In the case of the Bennetts, their influence is so widespread that many of the couple’s memes work as a kind of a time capsule, chronicling everything from fashion to politics—even mental health!—throughout their incredibly successful existence.
It’s well-known that the Bennetts have a massive social media presence, having grown their Twitter following from 76,000 to over a million in just a few short months. The couple also have a sizable Instagram following, with more than 746,000 followers.
It would be a missed opportunity if we didn’t mention the many famous faces that they’ve introduced to the world through their photos. Some of the most recognizable faces that they’ve snapped include Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, and more recently, Lady Gaga and Elton John.
The Penny Pincher Photo
Speaking of failed miserliness, let’s take a look at one of the most iconic memes surrounding the Bennetts. The photo that started it all was originally posted in December of 2017, but has since become an incredibly recognizable image. As we’ve established, the photo is of Camille stealing a few cents from her husband’s wallet as he anxiously stands by, helpless in the face of his wife’s criminal activities. In the meme, Camille is seen turning her back to the camera as her husband watches in horror, preparing to stop her from getting away with her crime. The photo was such a popular that it became a meme in and of itself, with many variations appearing online. Here are a few of the most popular ones.
The meme above is one of the most popular versions. The couple are seen reacting to a reporter’s question about the “penny pincher” photo. The photo was originally meant to be a joke, but it turned into an instant classic.
Another classic version of the “penny pincher” photo shows the Bennetts in a different setting. The photo’s original caption simply read, “A penny pincher never happier to see a penny.” The couple are again seen with their backs to the camera—this time in front of what appears to be a luxurious spa. The photo’s popularity is such that it inspired a meme of its own, featuring a fake caption that read, “Worst. Spa. Ever.”
The Mental Health Memes
Another meme highlights the impact that the couple’s political views has had on their ability to influence others. The original photo shows the Bennetts with their arms around each other, with Robert leaning in to give his wife a kiss. The caption below simply read, “My wife and I—still in love after all these years.” That’s probably because they are, in fact, very much in love. The couple have a very strong marriage, and have always been committed to fostering a better understanding between different communities, as well as combating mental health issues. Camille’s grandparents founded the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), which promotes critical thinking and understanding of the issues surrounding mental health. It also encourages young people to speak up about their experiences, and become more engaged in society.
The NCSS is one of the main organizations that the Bennetts support. In fact, in 2017 they established the Elizabeth Taylor Mental Health Initiative in honor of the legendary fashion icon. This initiative provides grants to support community-based programs that promote mental health and wellbeing. Taylor’s family adopted Branson, Missouri, after he was abandoned by his original family. A statue of Taylor and her grandson, Alexander, stands in the city’s Square today. The inscription on the statue reads, “In memory of Elizabeth Taylor, philanthropist, visionary.”
The Fashion Memes
The Bennetts have always been deeply committed to fashion, and it was initially that interest in photography that led to them becoming famous. The couple is most well-known for their black-and-white photos, depicting some of the most fashionable women and elegant outfits of the time. The fashion photos are so influential that they inspired multiple memes in their own right. Here are just a few of the most famous ones.
The photo above is one of the first that the world saw of the Bennetts. Grace Kelly is seen wearing an incredible feathered dress, which would prove to be one of the couple’s most iconic pictures. Kelly was a long-time friend of the Bennetts, and this particular photo is said to have been taken just minutes after the Duke and Duchess of Windsor met the couple for the first time.
The above meme is of Elton John and Lady Gaga, who the Bennetts photographed during their meeting in Los Angeles. The meme’s popularity is likely due to its connection to two of the most respected names in music and fashion. The couple were previously married, and have two children together.
The above meme features Elizabeth Taylor’s adopted daughter, Kate. She is seen with her back to the camera, while her parents and son, Prince Andrew, stand behind her. Taylor’s fashion influence is seen in the background, with her dress appearing to be made entirely from feathers. The iconic designer would go on to describe her friend as a “genius” and said that “[Kate’s] warmth and understanding has made her more like a mother to me than my own mother.”
Another meme shows the couple with a very young Robert Pattinson. The photo’s popularity is likely due to its connection with one of the most famous and attractive men in the world. The couple were famously together for 10 years before getting divorced in 2012. In the meme, Pattinson is seen wearing a black T-shirt with a collage of roses and the couple’s initials, RP, with the caption, “My beautiful wife.”
The LGBTQ+ Memes
Perhaps one of the most well-known and influential memes surrounding the Bennetts is one that brings their support of the LGBTQ+ community to light. The couple remains relatively private regarding their personal lives, but they’ve always been open about their support of the LGBTQ+ community, and this support is clearly reflected in their Twitter and Instagram accounts. The couple are particularly proud of their support for the work that Raising Voices does, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group that works to end familial rejection and isolation. The group has benefited greatly from the couple’s support, and it would be a missed opportunity if we didn’t mention their efforts here.