We Got To Celebrate Our Differences viral video and meme parody.

We Got To Celebrate Our Differences

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We Got To Celebrate Our Differences or We Gotta Celebrate Our Differences refers to a parody anti-racism PSA that features numerous racist jokes throughout. The animation premiered on MTV's show Wonder Showzen in 2005 and went viral online in the following years, particularly as shocking reaction video content. It is often mistaken as a legitimate anti-racism PSA and an example of something that would "never be allowed on TV nowadays."

Origin

On April 8th, 2005, season one episode five of the sketch comedy series Wonder Showzen,[1] which parodies children's television, aired on MTV. The episode includes an animated parody of an anti-racism PSA that features numerous racist stereotype jokes throughout, including stereotypical depictions of Asians, Africans and Mexicans, while a song consisting of the lyrics "we've got to celebrate our differences" plays. An April 4th, 2020 upload of the video to YouTube gained over 6.8 million views in a year (removed from YouTube, re-upload with additional elements shown below).



Spread

Following the video's upload to YouTube in 2020, it was reacted to by YouTuber[2] Ashs Old India on June 22nd, 2020, gaining over 369,000 views in just over a year (shown below). He reacts to it with light disgust, saying it's "horrible" and "who made that?"



The video has also inspired a number of edits. For example, on August 25th, 2020, YouTuber[3] Ik ben Dik posted an extended version of the meme, adding further racially stereotypical references to the video, gaining over 310,000 views in a year (age-restricted). On February 14th, 2021, YouTuber man posted a video editing the song over Animaniacs footage, gaining over 71,000 views in nine months (shown below).



On March 5th, 2021, TikToker[4] @mcplaygt posted a video showing his Asian mother the video, to which she reacts shocked and says she doesn't feel comfortable watching it (shown below). The video gained over 4.2 million views in eight months. On July 2nd, TikToker[5] @itslibralibre posted a reaction to the video, also falling for it, gaining over 4.2 million views in four months (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6936268712236338437
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On September 31st, 2021, YouTuber ParashockX posted a reaction video to the clip titled "If I hear something racist, the video ends," gaining over 1.2 million views in just under two months (shown below). He sees the racist depiction of Asians but continues to watch out of curiosity.



"Diverse Friend Groups Be Like" TikTok Trend

On August 5th, 2022, TikToker[6] @lwang102 posted a video captioned, "diverse friend groups be like" where he and several friends lip dub to the the song. Each friend is the same race as the one being stereotyped in the song. The video (shown below) gained over 5.5 million views in three months (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7128254910793305390

The video inspired a trend where TikTokers do the same thing with their diverse friend groups. On September 24th, TikToker[7] @anthony.derosa posted a version of the trend, garnering over 15 million views in two months (shown below, left). On October 31st, TikToker[8] @scarlet_jz posted a version of the trend, garnering over 28.8 million views in just over a week (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7147152897799900462
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7160809735829081390

Various Examples


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https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7147170620042743083

Search Interest

External References

[1] IMDb – episode five

[2] YouTube – Most Racist Anti-Racism Video

[3] YouTube – extended edition

[4] TikTok – mcplaygt

[5] TikTok – itslibralibre

[6] TikTok – lwang102

[7] TikTok – anthony

[8] TikTok – scarlet_jz

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