‘Squid Game’ TikToks and ‘Bachelorette’ Memes
Welcome to the Friday edition of Internet user, where we dissect the week online. Today:
- Are these men real?
- TikTokers Recreate Deadly Games From Netflix’s “Squid Game”
- YouTube revives classic YouTube video after public outcry
Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox.
BREAKING THE INTERNET
Are these “Bachelorette” men real?
Earlier this week, the BacheloretteThe Instagram page previewed the men who will be on the show’s next season., which is led by Bachelor finalist Michelle Young. “Head over to our stories to get to know Michelle’s men of the season,” reads a serious article. The show’s Instagram stories became memes, while people roasted the candidates for false sounds. A guy named Alec claims he is “not a fan of bowling dates”, while a “Pizzapreneur” (yes, apparently that’s a real word) from Florida is “not a fan of libraries”.
Screenshots of the stories, which included a photo of a man, his age, as well as odd likes and dislikes, quickly inspired parodies.. They also reminded people of the recent “Would you like to go out with him” memes circulating on the Internet. Made BacheloretteDoes the social media manager know he was creating a version of a popular meme template? Probably. And it’s already working: people continue to share candidate photos on Twitter. The series will air on October 19.
In recent years, the Bachelor franchise has gained great success online. There are memes, podcasts, and shows dedicated to analyzing each episode. In a way I managed to avoid watching a show in the franchise for over a decade, with the exception of a few episodes. But the pandemic plunged me back into the absurdity of Bachelor; I watched Baccalaureate in paradise for the first time this season. I love that the reality TV series completely blows my mind. There are few ideas to be gained by watching any of these shows; instead, they act like a brain reset. So yeah I’ll watch the new one Bachelorette show, if only to find out how far the guy that’s “afraid to dance” and disgusted with the onions does so.
—Tiffany Kelly, Cultural Editor
The court of public opinion still has Sha’Carri Richardson’s back
It was supposed to be Sha’Carri Richardson’s summer. After failing a drug test for marijuana use, Sha’Carri found solidarity on social media. But after coming last in a 100m race in Oregon, Richardson felt the hatred of those same platforms. In this article, we describe what it is like to be a black woman in sports and the unfair scrutiny that many of these athletes face.
TikTokers Recreate Deadly Games From Netflix’s “Squid Game”
Korean TV show Netflix Squid game is all over TikTok right now, for very easy to understand reasons. Located in contemporary Korea, the show is a cliffhanger-filled survival thriller that combines cool imagery with gory violence and anti-capitalist commentary. It is a deadly competition where 456 foreigners are recruited to play simple children’s games.
TikTok fans inevitably began to experiment with their own versions of Squid gamecompetitions– ironically, a less dangerous idea than some other TikTok follies. The tasks are based on traditional Korean playground games, some of which are familiar to Western viewers, while others are predominantly Korean. “Red light, green light” (also known as “statues” or “no grandma”) is really taking off, with a group of fans putting on an amazing IRL game with costumes and armed “guards”.
Read the full story here.
—Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Editor-in-Chief
YouTube revives classic video after public outcry
Youtube reinstated a 14-year-old viral video (and source of a famous internet meme) who initially said they violated their violent or graphic content policy after the man behind the video pointed out his difficulties getting the video back online.
The video, which was uploaded in July 2007 by Paul Weedon (who was 16 when it was shot), is only 11 seconds long. Weedon speaks directly to the camera for several seconds before he is punched in the face by someone off screen. Without missing a beat, Weedon – or changing the tone of his voice – immediately responded, “Oh damn, I can’t believe you did that.”
Weedon appealed the decision and YouTube find that he still violated YouTube policy. A few people have compared YouTube by removing “I can’t believe you did this” at the Louvre by removing the Mona Lisa.
One of YouTube’s official Twitter accounts responded to Weedon’s initial post about the video’s removal on Thursday. About two hours later, the video was restored and YouTube noted that “It was a mistake on our part and your video is back.”
—Michelle Jaworski, Editor-in-Chief
MEME OF THE WEEK
Ben platt in Dear Evan Hansen just gave us the last crying meme.
Now reading: “The Melting Sun” by Saint-Vincent
* First published: October 1, 2021, 2:13 p.m. CDT
Tiffany Kelly is the cultural editor of The Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. His writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.