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‘The Breakfast Club’ characters as Kansas cities? Wichita comedian explains viral meme

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Take a walk though the halls of a local high school and you’ll probably come across a few common stereotypes — the jocks, the preps, the brains. Take a drive through Kansas and you might just find some of those stereotypes — in city form, that is.

A self-declared Wichita comedian and influencer attempted to mash the two together with the help of characters from “The Breakfast Club.”

Daniel Pewewardy did so in the form of a meme, and it has been shared over 2,500 times in about four days.

Keep in mind he could only choose five cities from The Sunflower State, and Wichita is as far west as his selection went. The five cities he chose are the most-populated in Kansas, not including Kansas City.

Here’s how he paired the five detention-bound students with five Kansas towns.

John Bender (the rebel): Wichita

Allison Reynolds (the outcast): Lawrence

Andrew Clark (the jock): Overland Park

Claire Standish (the princess): Olathe

Brian Johnson (the geek): Topeka

Whether you agree or disagree with Pewewardy’s decisions, you are certainly not alone.

“I feel like Lawrence and Wichita should be switched,” Brittany Marie commented on Facebook.

“God it’s too real,” someone commented on the meme, which was also posted to Pewewardy’s Instagram page, @hoodpocahontas.

“Damn so true,” said another Instagram user.

“I was about to say ‘Hey, Topeka’s not the geek!’ but then I walked by a mirror,” Eric McHenry wrote when he shared the meme on Facebook.

Here is how Pewewardy decided what character represents each city.

Disclaimer: You should know that he has lived in Wichita for most of his life.

Wichita is John Bender, he said, “because he’s got the working class attitude and I definitely feel there’s a separation from all the eastern Kansas cities.

“Also, Bender smokes and I feel like I see a lot more cigarette butts on the ground (here) than I do in other cities,” he continued.

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Lawrence is Allison Reynolds, he told The Wichita Eagle, and that “just seemed like an obvious choice given that Lawrence is kind of this city for outcasts and weirdos that don’t really fit in with the rest of Kansas.”

Overland Park and Olathe can be both Andrew Clark and Claire Standish depending on who you ask, Pewewardy said.

“The funny thing about the Overland Park and Olathe pick is that Overland Park people have commented that they should of been (Claire Standish) and Olathe people commented that they should of been (Andrew Clark),” he said.

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“Honestly, I just see both as these bourgeois all-American cities that both the All-star Quarterback and the Prom Queen both embody,” Pewewardy continued. “Like they’re pretty Interchangeable.”

As for Topeka?

The state capital is Brian Johnson because “the dude looks like he’s getting a law degree from Washburn, and he seems like a nerd that would be interested in local politics,” he said.

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