Jason Isbell Accidentally Started the Feral Hogs Twitter Meme

David McClister
Jason Isbell photographed in 2015.

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell became the catalyst of a new meme on Sunday centered around -- what else? -- feral hogs. 

Though it sparked some hilarious tweets and even made it to Twitter's trending page, the meme was rooted in the tragedy of the deadly El Paso and Dayton shootings.

It all started with Isbell's tweet about assault rifles: "If you're on here arguing the definition of 'assault weapon' today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don't need one."

The tweet generated more than 1,000 replies, but user William McNabb's caught the attention of the Internet: "Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?"

Isbell responded with "If you have dozens of hogs chasing your children around your yard, you have problems no weapon will fix."

McNabb did not stop there, tweeting countless replies to Isbell and other Twitter users that questioned his dilemma, including a video explaining the feral hog phenomenon.

But when Isbell later reassured his followers that he didn't believe McNabb to be serious, he quipped back with: "No sir – I am." 

Twitter then took the phrase "feral hogs" and ran with it. See the best tweets about it below.


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