Call Meme MaybeJuly 20, 2012 8:30 am Internet, memes, social media
Almost anyone who has been near a radio this summer has certainly heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy tune, “Call Me Maybe.” In June, our family embarked upon a massive roadtrip that took us from Washington, DC to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia and back. We must’ve heard this song at least two dozen times while in the car, usually with a “Turn it up!” request from my girls in the backseat.
As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones. The Harvard University baseball team had a little fun with the song, as well. Apparently, on a roadtrip of their own back in May 2012, they sang and danced to the tune from the backseat of their van and uploaded a video of it to YouTube. Then, the Internet took notice. At the time of this post, their video had over 14.6 million views. But it didn’t end there.
A quick search on YouTube will yield dozens of other “Call Me Maybe” cover videos — some as a response to the Harvard Crimson crew and others that date as far back as March 2012 — including groups such as Lock Haven Women’s Lacrosse, Florida Gators Baseball, Texas State Baseball, UNC Club Baseball, LSU Tigers Dance Team, Monmouth Women’s Lacrosse, Scotts Valley High School Softball, Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Ramapo, UConn Women’s Basketball, STAPLES Center Team and even the Olympic College Softball team got into the act.
The women’s rowing team from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX put a unique spin on their version, literally. Their choreography included upside down manuevers and dancing on the inside of the van roof. The two teams actually squared off outside 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City for a “Call Me Maybe” showdown LIVE on NBC’s Today Show but the YouTube numbers prove that the Harvard boys are the hands down champs. The SMU rowers have only garnered 800,000 views to date.
The latest music video trend features edited lyrics from movie scripts or speeches spliced over the music such as this Star Wars Call Me Maybe rendition.
Of course, it was only a matter of time before the Maybe meme would eventually make its way into politics. We all know that President Obama is a pretty good singer, but here’s his take on “Call Me Maybe” with over 20 million views. Not to be outdone, former Governor Mitt Romney joined the president for a Maybe duet — sort of.
In any case, as silly as all this seems to most, this is exactly why the Internet was created. Right? Well… maybe.
Widener University (my alma mater) takes on “Call Me Maybe” Chester style! (8/26/12)
U.S. Olympic Swim Team Enter The ‘Call Me Maybe’ Fray With Viral Video Parody (MTV Blog, 7/27/12)
VIDEO: Ultimate ‘Call Me Maybe’ Viral Mashup (Shira Lazar, Huffington Post, 7/25/12)
Call Me Maybe – Rep. Loretta Sanchez 2012 Summer Intern Project (FamousDC, 7/2/12)