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In December 2009,the then incumbent star of UK sci-fi show “Dr Who”,Scottish actor David Tennant,hosted the popular pop music quiz show,“Never Mind the Buzzcocks.” During the broadcast,Tennant kept up a running gag going,where he would shake his fist and yell,“BARROWMAN!” after each innuendo-laden joke.The gag referred to his friend & collegue,gay Scottish-American actor John Barrowman,who played omnisexual time agent rogue Captain Jack Hackness in eleven episodes of “Dr Who” & its subsequent spin-off “Torchwood”. Alluding to their friendly rivalry(both have a high media profile, & are frequent guests on a variety of UK chat,quiz & variety shows)as well as to the antagonistic attitude some Who fans have towards the flamboyant Harkness character,the joke suggests that most things in life can be blamed on John Barrowman.The cry,“Barrowman!” has entered UK popular culture as a sign of frustration or to underline jokes laden with gay innuendo.

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Exploding Bilby
Exploding Bilby

How is this not a meme? It’s been quoted on podcasts,resulted in a plethora of fan art,been adapted into a YTMN page, been featured on meme-generator.com,demotivational posters and urban dictionary.I didn’t invent it,& it’s not out of date as I’ve heard its usage quite recently.So much so that it made me think to suggest it here.Even Barrowman’s sister,author Carole E Barrowman(based in the US,not the UK),has made reference to it on her Facebook page.I could understand the sentiment if the tv clip existed in isolation,but it’s been reinterpreted & remixed more than once. The pic of Tennant shaking his fist in particular has found life and been recaptioned more than once,and the gif exists as an avatar on forums.Perhaps I need to focus on the actual gif itself? Anyhoo,I’ve seen so many versions of this it seems meme-like to me.Oh well.


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