I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that refers to a popular series of reaction images, mostly seen paired with a photo of the blind musical sensation, Ray Charles.
An alternate, audial version of the phrase is “I’m gonna pretend I didn’t hear that”, more often encountered in real life contexts.
The reaction image format first emerged in November, 2018, when Reddit user LeftyOnenut posted the first macro to the r/Memes subreddit.
The “I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that” caption was written upon a photo of Ray Charles, sitting by a piano.
In the following days, the format had spread onto various subreddits on the website, including r/MemeEconomy and r/dankmemes.
“I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that” also became a popular phrase to say when someone shows or does something incredibly imbecilic.
- Know Your Meme – I’m Gonna Pretend I Didn’t See That