Lenny Kravitz Opens Up About His Giant Scarf Meme: 'I Cannot Escape This'

Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at the musician's choice in cold weather accessorizing

Lenny Kravitz fights the winter chill with a giant scarf and knit hat, as he goes out and about in New York City
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In 2012, Lenny Kravitz made internet history with an accessory he chose to wear while innocently running errands. You probably already know what we’re referring to. He was photographed out on the streets in N.Y.C. bundled up in what is the most ginormous scarf ever known to mankind. Six years later, and he’s still getting teased for his accessorizing choices.

On a Monday night stop at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon grilled the musician on the meme-able look.

“I cannot escape this,” Kravitz began. “I live in the Bahamas, I’m used to hot weather and I had to go to the store, I was buying some groceries and I thought I’d put on a little scarf to protect my throat, and that’s the scarf I had.”

Fallon joked, “But Lenny, this is not a scarf, it’s a blanket!”

“That was the day I thought I would break it out, and I had no idea that there would be paparazzi and that is now everything,” Kravitz said.

What’s even worse about the meme, is that it gets bigger every year. “Here’s the thing about the internet though that’s the problem — the scarf keeps getting bigger, and bigger and bigger,” Kravitz said about the Photoshop joke taking the internet.

To this day, the iconic scarf is still a style moment many regularly reference. It sparked someone’s memory just last week at NYFW and others use it as a celebratory marker of the first signs of fall.

But what the scarf really did for mankind, is give us a meme that will never, ever get old.

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