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MEMRI TV is a news channel by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) which translates Middle Eastern media into English. Online,[1] the channel has gained much notoriety for its absurd translations of news programs, many of which have spawned photoshops of screenshots showing false or edited subtitles.


In 1998, the non-profit organization MEMRI was co-founded in Washington D.C. by Yigal Carmon and Meyrav Wurmser for the purpose of distributing English translations of Middle Eastern media.On July 1st, 2004, MEMRI launched the MEMRI TV[2] Monitoring Project to track and translate Arab and Iranian TV channels to "bridge the language gap between the Middle East and the West."[3] On December 18th, 2011, YouTuber Blazing Catfur uploaded a compilation video titled "MEMRI's Greatest Hits Volume 1," containing clips of Muslim clerics expressing their hatred for Jewish people (shown below).


On July 10th, 2016, the MEMRI TV YouTube channel was launched, featuring videos from Middle Eastern media subtitled with English translations. On August 7th, the channel uploaded a video of a young girl wearing a niqab singing an ISIS song while beheading a doll (shown below).

On September 10th, 2016, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a screenshot of a Shia cleric on MEMRI TV with the closed caption "He is even worse than a Jew, he is – may Allah forgive me for uttering this word – an Albanian" to the /int/ board (shown below).

Memri TV Meme of Shia Cleric using the word Albanian and asking forgiveness for uttering such a word

On February 21st, 2017, Redditor Memestar_is_my_daddy submitted a post speculating that MEMRI TV memes were "a very stable investment" to /r/MemeEconomy.[5] On March 2nd, Twitter user @SalmonDelicious[7] posted several MEMRI TV screenshots, referring to the channel as "the highest tier of shitposting." On March 4th, a MEMRI TV thread was launched on 4chan's /tv/ board, which received over 85 replies prior to being archived (shown below).[4]

Meme economy posting of Memri TV memes

On March 23rd, Redditor jeets posted a photoshop of the Iranian cleric screenshot, replacing "Albanian" with "someone who prefers Fallout 3 over New Vegas" to /r/meirl.[8] Within two months, the post gained over 8,400 points (92% upvoted) and 540 comments.

Very succesful meme of Memri TV of Comparing the person to the worst thing such as someone who prefers Las Vegas over Fall Out 3

Various Examples

Memri TV meme about distinguished muslim scholar that claims he has seen memes cause cancer Memri TV meme about I will give you a taste of my shoe Memri TV meme about the sword used on his first day of work MemriTV meme about newscaster calling out something that is not Journalism and threatening the shoe Memri TV meme about being the horrible of things, and Australian MemriTV meme of the cure for such things, beatings

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