Dear Sister Parodies / MMMM Whatcha Say

Dear Sister Parodies / MMMM Whatcha Say

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“Dear Sister” Parody (a.k.a The Shooting, “Mmm Whatcha Say”) is a video parody meme that spawned out of an overly melodramatic shooting scene in the second season finale of popular FOX TV series, The OC. Entitled “The Dearly Beloved,” the episode originally aired in May 2005 and ended up reaching over 7.6 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Ratings.

Origin: SNL Digital Short Parody

The slow-motion scene in which Marissa (played by) shoots Trey was first satirized in a SNL Digital Short called “The Shooting,” which aired in April 2007, nearly two years after the original episode was run. Following the SNL parody, similar parodies of the OC episode quickly followed suit on YouTube and other internet humor websites. The parodies also became popularly known as “Mmm Whatcha Say” after the song that was featured during the shooting scene, “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap.

Justin Bieber Parody

On February 17th, 2011, Justin Bieber appeared on CSI, and his character was killed during the episode. It was promptly turned into a dear sister parody the following day:

Online Derivatives

  • The short aired just days before the Virginia Tech massacre and was never uploaded to NBC’s website for sensitivity reasons. However, variations of the video became extremely popular on Youtube. The original video itself cannot be found on Youtube for copyright reasons, but can be found with a Google search. Because of this, a subset of this meme is the uploading of “remakes” of the video released under the same title, with the intent of annoying those looking for the original.
  • Most of the variations of the meme involve people using clips from other TV shows or movies and adding the song when a gun is fired, usually playing the video in slow-motion after the gunshot.

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