The year is coming to a close, so what better time to take a minute to look back on the most adorable, heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking cats of the year? That’s exactly what we’ll be doing with the 12 Cats of Christmas. Today we remember the finest high school yearbook prank of 2014.
At the start of 2014, Draven Rodriguez was your average, everyday 16-year-old student attending Schenectady High School in New York. Then he came up with a jape that would propel his name across the cat Internet: He decided to pose for his senior yearbook photo with his own feline, Mr. Bigglesworth, and against a background of hammy ’80s-style lasers.
Unfortunately, the school’s principal (and confirmed dog-lover), Diane Wilkinson, didn’t quite see the jocular side of Draven’s vision and prevented the infringing photo from being used in the yearbook. When news of this heinous case of cat-censorship hit the Internet, the story went viral: Draven set up a petition in support of his right to pose with his family’s pet, the dance DJ Kaskade tweeted a Photoshopped version of the pic now starring himself, and the popstress Kesha posted to her Twitter account the following words of support: “God this school needs to get over it. The animals and I support you!”
With public outcry reaching a frantic fever pitch, the principal eventually suggested a compromise, which would involve Draven and Mr. B posing alongside herself and Vivienne, her rescue Chihuahua. The ensuing picture then featured on the principal’s page in the yearbook, alongside a message in support of animal adoption.
Since the photo was published, Draven seems to be content with his decision to accept a happy medium. He told a local news outlet that he thought the photo was “fantastic,” and endorsed the pro-adoption sentiment: “It’s important that we give these dogs and cats and other rescue animals a good home, because they deserve it. Everyone needs to be loved, and animals deserve no exception.”
As for how Mr. Bigglesworth feels about his dalliance with Internet infamy? Well, it seems that the portly puss is not exactly one for the spotlight — he apparently attempted to jump out of a window and escape during the photoshoot. Here’s to hoping he’ll be able to enjoy a quiet and serene Christmas.
Enjoy the rest of the 12 Cats of Christmas here:
About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.