In a matter of just a few days, we have two different yet oddly similar men competing for our attention in the world of memes, and also in real life. On one side of the ring, there is Nonchalant Snacking Man, the accidental hero who broke up a fight on a New York City subway simply by standing between two brawling individuals, as if he didn't even notice their drama, and eating Cheese Pringles. And on the other side, there is Zeddie Watkins Little, or "Watkins," the extremely photogenic fellow now widely known as "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy," the man who ran a 10K as if on the wings of angels, smiling and looking ridiculously photogenic the entire way, or at least at the important junctures where his photo was taken. Watkins is bringing his ridiculously photogenic qualities to the talk show circuit, while Nonchalant Snacking Guy, aka Charles Sonder, is doing interviews. For that, we thank them both. America has needed you, fellas.
You see, as enjoyable as it is to passively admire these two guys, or to write them off as memes, there appears a greater movement at work here. These two men are similar. Indeed, they even look sort of alike—about the same age; pale; brownish hair; tallish-but-not-too-tall; straight teeth.They wear similarly nondescript yet perfectly acceptable dude-wear: pea coats, running attire, button-down shirts. They are comfortable in their newfound fame, taking to the media circuit with ease and a generosity of spirit heretofore relatively unknown within Internet meme circles: Watkins is next running for charity; Sonder's charitable act was doing the right thing, or, as he told NYU Local's Myles Tanzer, "I felt the need to stop the fight as soon as I could. It seemed that the girl was the first one to make physical contact, but that’s no excuse for any man to kick any female. I had to do something. Everyone else was just sitting there watching."