Mews and Nips: Grumpy Cat the Unlikely Star of the South By Southwest Festival

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The South by Southwest Festival is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held  in Austin, TX. The festival also attracts tech and social media companies. Usually, the stars of SWSX are movers and shakers from one of these industries, but this year, Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat, was the undisputed star of the show.

CNN reports that Tardar held court during SXSW at the Mashable House, a temporary lounge run by the tech-news site. People have stood for hours, in lines snaking around the block, to get their picture taken with her.

Through it all, Grumpy Cat has remained unimpressed. “People keep asking if we sedate her,” said one of her handlers, Bryan Bundesen, on Sunday. (The answer is no.) “It’s been crazy.” This is the first official public appearance for Grumpy Cat, who lives with her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, in Morristown, Arizona. When Tabatha’s brother started posting photos of the cat with the unual facial expression on social network Reddit, neither he nor his sister ever thought that Grumpy Cat’s website would have 1.5 million visitors a month, and a Facebook following of almost 500,000. Read the full story on CNN.com.

Another famous cat did not get to go to South by Southwest: French cat Henri was left behind while his human went there for an Animal Planet Party. In classic Henri fashion, expresses his displeasure in today’s video:

httpv://youtu.be/fmOOG-vpE-o

Have a great weekend!

Photo of Grumpy Cat from the Grumpy Cat Facebook page.

12 Comments on Mews and Nips: Grumpy Cat the Unlikely Star of the South By Southwest Festival

  1. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie
    March 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm (6 years ago)

    We love Henri, but our om is addicted to Tard’s little face. She sez if she could combine Tard’s fae with Faraday’s attitude you’d have a TRUE Grumpy Cat!

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  2. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    March 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm (6 years ago)

    I so love the dry and sardonic humor of Henri! Thank you for sharing the video!

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    • Ingrid
      March 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm (6 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Deb.

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  3. Dianda
    March 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Poor Henri! But Grumpy’s expression is priceless!

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    • Ingrid
      March 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm (6 years ago)

      It sure is, Dianda! I understand that Tardar is a very sweet cat – hard to believe with that face, isn’t it?

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      • Dianda
        March 17, 2013 at 8:51 am (6 years ago)

        Hard to believe indeed! I didn’t realize Tardar is a ‘she’ until a while ago. She’s one grumpy looking lady. But adorable!

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  4. Bobbi Hahn
    March 16, 2013 at 10:29 am (6 years ago)

    Loved the video of Henri!!!

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    • Ingrid
      March 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

      Isn’t it just perfect, Bobbi?

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  5. sue brandes
    March 16, 2013 at 9:37 am (6 years ago)

    Aww I love both of those kitties. Poor little Henri le Chat got forgotten.

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    • Ingrid
      March 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

      They’re both wonderful in their own special way, aren’t they, Sue.

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  6. Fisher
    March 16, 2013 at 5:53 am (6 years ago)

    Oh dear, poor Henri le Chat. I am happy you got the video response from him!

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    • Ingrid
      March 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

      Life is just one big annoyance for Henri, isn’t it, Fisher.

      Reply

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