Chicken tenders, or tendies – as they are referred to in several stories and threads on 4chan – are treats for the protagonist, who is like the person Eric Cartman will be in 17 years; a grotesque image of a spoilt millennial, living with his divorced mom, who complains about normies.
The boy is depicted in family dramas as he often retaliates against her in bizarre and disgusting ways for minor “betrayals”.
There are also threads and stories about a girl variation of the same character.
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The posts, featuring the fat and autistic son, started appearing on 4chan in October, 2014. In January, 2015 a thread started, where “normies got put to their places” and numerous users posted lots of stories about the guy and his tendies.
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The stories got great appreciation on reddit as well, even achieving, that on January 29th, 2015 the subreddit, 4chan got renamed #4tendies, in remark to the number of threads containing these sweet slices of chicken meat.
The story even made it to Mumsnet, where a user asked for help about her son, who shows the same appreciation for tendies and the same mischievous behavior.
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