Anatomy Of A Meme: The Best Of The Single Ladies DanceMara Siegler
No one can be quiet about the recent 7 years olds in burlesque outfits talentedly gyrating away to the popular Beyonce song. They’ve caused the most controversy and negativity, but they are certainly not the first to garner Internet-wide attention by stating that if you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it.
The original spoof video of Justin Timberlake on SNL with Beyonce has been taken down (at least from what I can find), but here are a few of the other highlights:
Joe Jonas was one of the next big celebs to parody the dance. While I kind of wish it had been Nick in a unitard, this is still pretty good.
The award for the largest amount of people involved was the flash mob of Single Ladies who strutted their stuff in Piccadilly Square in London.
Tons of adults uploaded themselves, but none really took off as much as the versions of babies rocking out. The one above has been disputed as to whether or not it’s been manipulated. I think it has, but man Allie McBeal would have been proud.
This video also got a lot of attention and is certainly real. I’m impressed.
And of course no one can forget the little boy who cries because he is not a single lady. Hundreds of drag queens would probably disagree with the meaning behind this statement.
And then finally, there is this, the Single Ladies video scorned round the nation. Could this final video and the outrage caused by it, create a backlash and finaly put an end to the meme. It’s doubtful, but we’ll see. Parents are aware that videos of kids dancing to this song spread like wildfire on the Internet so they may be uploading with purpose. The parents of these dancers say it was taken out of context and not meant for YouTube, but someone did put it up.
To cap it all off though, I’ll leave you with this. It’s Benny the Bull doing his thang in front of Jay Z and Diddy and neither crack a smile, which is the funniest part. C’mon Puffy!