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:
Have a great weekend!
Photo of Grumpy Cat from the Grumpy Cat Facebook page.