remember when kelly rowland sent nelly a text using microsoft excel and got mad when he didn't reply pic.twitter.com/3i2SnnpYnB
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) September 2, 2018
The moment has been endlessly memed and lampooned by the internet, leading the host of TV’s The Real to ask how the strange moment came about in the first place.
Rowland’s answer was as strange as it was amazing:
“I don’t know what Microsoft Excel is. So when I saw all these memes I was like, I don’t care.”
Kelly Rowland has no time for your memes about Microsoft Excel pic.twitter.com/DAk2QC6iNa
— Michael Baggs (@MichaelBaggs) February 25, 2019
That’s right. Kelly Rowland straight up doesn’t know what Microsoft Excel is.
Well that explains it
— MO REESE (@moreese21) February 25, 2019
Fans on Twitter were flabbergasted that Rowland had never even heard of such a standard part of modern life.
This video of Kelly Rowland saying she doesn’t know what Microsoft Excel is is all I’ve ever needed. pic.twitter.com/geYq2q8uLf
— Zach Foley (@ZachFoley) February 25, 2019
In a shocking turn of events, Rowland even got a reply from the official Excel Twitter account!
@KELLYROWLAND No matter what you do, we're crazy over you.
— Microsoft Excel (@msexcel) February 25, 2019
Twitter wished they lived in a world where Microsoft Excel wasn’t something they’d ever need to know…
Imagine a life where you don’t have to know what Microsoft excel is
— #FashionPsychology (@ShakailaElise) February 25, 2019
Kelly Rowland really just put things into perspective…some people so rich they never had to pretend like they knew what they were doing in an Excel spreadsheet. pic.twitter.com/6wO6C4VyO0
— skinny legend. (@sta_schemin) February 26, 2019
Being too rich to know what Microsoft excel is because you’ve never had to work a common job a day in your life ????
— La'Sha Evette (@LaShaEvetteTM) February 26, 2019
A few other social media users took light offense to Rowland’s words:
Kelly just called all of us working class folks broke, man.
— BJW (@GQBound) February 27, 2019
I feel low key disrespected. Being poor sux .
— Phill E. Wonka ???? (@OGflips) February 26, 2019
Others just took her level of wealth and fame as a goal…being rich enough to avoid Microsoft Excel entirely is a truly admirable ambition.
this is a level of wealth that I didn't realize existed
— No no boo, i am very entertainment! (@Sheluvly) February 26, 2019
my goal in life is to get to the point where i can forget what excel is
— * (@kiImomger) February 26, 2019
She too rich to know. A legend.
— Raven K. (@RavenK_) February 26, 2019
Even with money, however, making it through life without ever hearing of Excel seems unlikely.
Kelly when being asked about Microsoft Excel ???????? pic.twitter.com/BTu4DQhxDr
— La'Sha Evette (@LaShaEvetteTM) February 27, 2019
Life for those of us who DO know what Excel is may not be perfect…but at least we’ll always have Nelly and Kelly Rowland’s doomed romance from “Dilemma” to comfort us.
Kelly Rowland texting Nelly using Excel is still the most iconic hip hop technology moment pic.twitter.com/rKjDGbopr1
— Daman Rangoola (@damanr) February 23, 2019