Time to throw out your 5 SOS T-shirts and other memorabilia? Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) has changed its name and their fans have gone crazy. According to their Twitter profile, the Aussie boy band has been replaced by a pack of Japanese Shiba Inu dogs and is now known as Doge SOS.
By doing so, the band paid homage to the Internet’s most famous canine, Doge. “Doge” is actually an Internet meme inspired by pictures of a Shiba Inu. It is also slang for dog. Fans of 5SOS are now tweeting #DogeFamily after the stars put up a photograph of a dog as their main image and changed their individual names.
Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed of dog that was popularized as an online meme that mostly used bad grammar. And the band members are precisely following it. “Don't doge out now,” wrote the four-member band on Twitter as they debuted their new name and picture. The Photoshopped picture was created by a Twitter user with the handle @oopsxluke. “5SOS HAS A PICTURE THAT I EDITED ON THEIR PHONES SOMEWHERE AND OH MY GOD,” @oopsxluke tweeted.
Band members Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin also changed their Twitter profiles to reflect their avatars. They even tweeted funny one-liners in the dog's "language." So Hemmings is now known as Doge Hemmings and tweeted, “Such tired, many nap,” while Clifford is known as Majestic Doge. His profile picture reflects a face of lion with features of a dog and he tweeted, “Such Majestic wow.”
Irwin is now Doge Irwin and has a picture of a fierce dog on Twitter. “Much excited such Melbourne,” he tweeted. Hood has chosen to call himself Doge Official. However, fans who do not like the new name need not worry as the changes reflected by the band are not permanent and they will soon be back to their original selves. This isn’t the first time the boy band changed its name. In 2014, they took on the title of 5 Seconds of Ham. In the past, the boys have also called themselves by various other names such as 5 Seconds of Ewok and 5 Seconds of Toast.