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Internet Memes: Shoop Da Woop Imma firin Mah Lazer
The orginal firin mah lazer video
Shoop Da Woop
The shoop da woop meme began a few years ago when somebody on the 4chan imageboard took a picture of the villain, Cell, from Dragon Ball Z, added blackface to it and had him firing a laser out of his mouth and screaming either “Shoop Da Woop” “Imma firin mah lazer,” or “Imma chargin mah lazer.”
Blackface was first invented in the early nineteenth century. It was created by minstral shows and vaudeville as a way for white actors to stereotypically play black characters in order to amuse their audience. These days, blackface is construed as racist and politically incorrect, but amongst the bowels of the internet, there are no rules. Anything can and will be used to create funny.
The pictures (and videos) of a blackface cell weren’t that impressive themselves, but the meme quickly spread to include all sorts of media altered to be a person with blackface firin lazers to humorous results. Political figures, cartoon characters, even other memes, (creating meme crossovers), were fodder for the "shoopers."
This meme has mostly run its course but it remains significant because it shows how a simply odd and seemingly irrelevant image can have a lasting impact upon a whole consciousness of people. And, it does, a little bit, reveal some of the underlining racist tones of an internet which is touted to be the grand equalizer that brings us all together.
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