first post im making on this site btw, dont be too cruel
I’m gonna say no.
It’s a movie not a meme.
We already have a howdiditgetburned article too.
Not the movie, but “NOTTHEBEES” may be a meme.
I didnt mean the movie that much, i did mean the HOWDEHEGETBURNED and the bees thingy, but since there were two things from the same movie, maybe instead of 2 entries, you should have 2 togethar?
sry for mah english
Request for NOTTHEBEES meme. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X4d3D8SncM
We can add a footnote about “NOTTHEBEES” to the “How’d it get burned” entry, but there’s really only one remix with a lot of views, the next has under 10,000, and the rest are only in the hundreds.
Now here’s the problem with asking if a movie is a meme.
A good Internet Meme ideally spreads via the Internet, and not film or TV. It may be sourced from film or TV (like many YTMNDs and Youtube Poops), but only as long as people online find some element from the source to focus on and recontextualize in a way that was not intended by the creators of the original.
Movies are designed to have memorable lines that people go around quoting.
“Show me the money” – Jerry Macguire “I see dead people” – The Sixth Sense “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” – Forrest Gump Anything Borat ever said. – Borat
These are all lines from movies that millions of people have seen, and they didn’t need the Internet for the lines to become popular. People walked into the theaters, and walked out quoting them and it means that the writer, the actor, the director, and everyone else involved in that scene did their jobs well.
But that has nothing in common with Advice Dog, the Star Wars Kid, Gaijin 4Koma, these things we normally think of as Internet memes. Each of these are things that started out as basically nothing, and unintentionally became a massive amount of content sharing and remixing. These are things that just happened out of nowhere, and that’s what makes them interesting.
If the only backstory to a meme is, “it’s a line from a popular movie” then I don’t see why there’s any need to categorize it as Internet culture and not just let it be what it is: a quote from a movie.
The reason “How’d it get burned” is different from these, is because this line was not exactly presented in the movie as a quotable moment. It was the work of lots of people online spoofing and remixing it.