JAY-Z, the iconic rapper and businessman, had an interesting encounter with a fan during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers Monday Night Football game on October 16. The fan approached JAY-Z and made a rather unexpected choice between having dinner with the rapper or receiving $500,000 in cash. Jay-Z’s response to the fan’s decision was classic and composed.
The fan, known as Ruthlessrich, took to Instagram to share the encounter. “Hey Hov, I’m taking that $500,000,” the fan boldly declared. “I ain’t taking that dinner, I’m taking that $500,000. You feel me? Aye, it’s love though.” Jay-Z responded with his signature cool demeanor, saying, “Be good, man.” This encounter references the age-old “Dinner or $500,000” meme, a popular online debate where people discuss whether they would choose a fine dining experience with a celebrity or a substantial amount of money. Historically, many individuals have opted for the tangible cash over the chance to dine with a celebrity.
During the NFL showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers, another meme came into play. Legendary Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman, who was commentating on the game, made a reference to an internet meme suggesting that he resembles JAY-Z. Troy Aikman addressed this meme for the first time in early October during an episode of “Pablo Torre Finds Out.” The host, Pablo Torre, shared that he asked Aikman about the meme, describing it as people saying he looks like “white JAY-Z.” After a brief pause, Aikman confirmed by saying, “Yes”.
He elaborated further, explaining that he is indeed aware of the meme, which still occasionally appears on his social media feed. Aikman mentioned that the meme circulated before the widespread use of advanced AI technology, and he humorously expressed his uncertainty about whether the picture was genuinely unedited. He described it as “pretty scary,” emphasizing the ambiguity surrounding what’s real and what’s not in today’s digital age.
The encounter between JAY-Z and the fan, along with Troy Aikman’s acknowledgment of the “white JAY-Z” meme, added an entertaining twist to the NFL game and gave fans of both the rap mogul and the football legend something to talk about.
Derek Chan – Editor