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Carly Rae Jepsen brandishes a sword, ushering in a new age of prosperity and peace

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If you were lucky enough to attend Carly Rae Jepsen’s Saturday afternoon set at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, you were likely to see a few signs urging someone to “give Carly Rae Jepsen a sword.” More than a mere bit of randomness, this is, well, actually a thing. As Teen Vogue reports, the bit dates back to a Tumblr post petitioning fans to give the “Call Me Maybe” singer a sword because “I like her and she should have one” (one Reddit user clarifies it’s because “she’s the queen and absolutely slays”). This has blossomed into all manner of online fuckery, with oodles of fan art emerging in between no shortage of memes.


Well, as one might’ve guessed from the slew of inflatable swords bouncing up and down at the front of her Lolla crowd, it was time to get actually get one of those bad boys in her hands. During her closing performance of the infectious “Cut To The Feeling,” one of the blades actually made it into her hands, prompting the singer to exclaim, “Oh yeah! A sword!” She then incorporated a few jousts into her performance before “knighting” her guitarist, who humbly bowed at her feet to receive the honor.

Jepsen even addressed the bit on Instagram yesterday, posting a bit of fan art along with the following: “Thanks @ghostlygoober for the artwork and thanks to you loves for the sword. Didn’t know I needed it. But I totally needed it. Just like to knight my fav people- that’s all.”


What’s next? Give Ariana Grande a battle axe? We’d like to see Ariana Grande with a battle axe.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.