Hitler vs. Sad Keanu Memefight
As we wind our way through G4tv.com’s month-long epic battle of Internet Memes called MEMEFIGHT, members of the staff will be picking key match-ups and taking sides. In this edition, Feed Senior Editor Steve Johnson will be arguing for the Downfall Parodies meme, featuring Adolf Hitler, while Reviews Editor Dana Vinson will be valiantly defending Sad Keanu.
Dana: It’s Hitler. There. Keanu wins.
Steve: It’s hard to say you think Hitler should win any kind of contest, as a person, but we’re not talking about Hitler the Dude; we’re talking about Hitler the Meme, and, as a meme, Hitler’s histrionics in the movie Downfall paired with whatever dumb pop culture thing people care about that second is comedy deutschemarks! It’s quintessential Internet: Mash something incredibly serious (the Holocaust) with something incredibly frivolous (Kanye West interrupting the Grammys), toss in a bit of DYI awesomeness, and you end up with the kind of meme we all can get behind. Sad Keanu is just a stupid joke about a stupid actor. Lame.
Dana: Sad Keanu is not just a stupid joke about a stupid actor. No, it’s much more than that. It’s a look into the melancholy abyss that is the human existence. Here’s a guy: He’s famous, he has money, and yet, we find him sitting alone time and time again looking like someone just killed his dog. It resonates with everyone, because even though he’s someone that people might think of as the template of success, he’s still alone. . .with only his sad sandwich to keep him company.
Steve: Okay, how about this: Because of the Hitler meme, I became aware of and was inspired to watch the movie Downfall, and discovered as excellent a movie about Hitler as has ever been made. I imagine a lot of Internet-people did the same. What other meme has ever acted as a viral marketing scheme for a criminally under-seen art film instead of a fast food chain? That’s good meme!
Downfall is an honest, documentary-style chronicle of the last days of the worst human being who ever lived, and is a better movie than anything Keanu Reeves has even seen. What movie did “Sad Keanu” inspire you to watch? A Scanner Darkly?
Dana: The only thing the internet has ever inspired people to do is fap and write mean things about each other, so I guess that means you win The Best Person Ever prize, because it inspired you to watch the 8,826th art movie made about Hitler and World War 2.
Need I remind you that the Internet is here to make us laugh? There’s nothing greater than seeing Keanu getting caught looking sad over and over again. Not to mention all the photos the creative citizens of the Internet photoshopped Sad Keanu into. It’s a never ending fountain of comedy. Sad Keanu in a parade? Hilarious. Sad Keanu at a kid’s birthday party? Gold.
Also, I like that you brought up A Scanner Darkly instead of, oh, I don’t know, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. You really do enjoy being pretentious and esoteric, so I guess you and Hitler are a good fit.
Steve: So now you’re comparing me to Hitler? Other than the mustache, I just don’t see it. I’ve thought very carefully about the things you have said, Dana, and while I value the time we have spent together, I can no longer consider you a friend. I wish you well, and I want you to know there are no hard feelings. I just think it would be better for both of us if we started seeing other memes. I expect you to return my CD player.
Dana: Although I’m sorry to see our friendship end this way, I only have one thing to say to you: