Woke Up And Chose Violence

What does woke up and chose violence mean?

Decided to be hostile

A social media user who "woke up and chose violence" likely did not commit actual violence, but they did do something savage with little provocation. For example, they may have called out another Twitter user or dunked on an Instagrammer's fashion faux pas. This slang phrase owes its existence to Cersei Lannister.

The origin of "woke up and chose violence"

In the Game of Thrones (GoT) episode No One, Cersei Lannister confronts the religious sect known as the Sparrows. When told to "order [her] man to step aside or there will be violence," Cersei says, "I choose violence." (Violence then ensues.)

After No One aired, social media users began using the phrase "choose/chose violence" to describe instances in which other users purposefully sling insults or stir up trouble.

How "woke up and chose violence" is used

In most cases, the "violence" in "woke up and chose violence" is verbal - and it takes the form of either brutal honesty or purposefully hostile comments. For example, you could use "woke up and chose violence" to describe a social media user taking an out-of-touch celebrity to task. In some cases, "woke up and chose violence" describes actual violence, but of a comical or ineffective variety (think a cat repeatedly clawing at a mosquito).


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A Twitter user who woke up and chose violence
A Twitter user who woke up and chose violence

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Updated May 20, 2022

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