Thanks to the voice of the translator, any meme or character gains French charm with baguettes, the Eiffel Tower and traditional music.
In February, jokes gained popularity in the Russian-language segment of social networks, where a voice from a Google translator pronounces memes in French, names of celebrities or fictional characters. After that, the hero of the template ends up in France, and accordion music plays in the background. Other languages were also used as a joke, including Italian, German, or Arabic.
In October 2019, TikTok @ austin.burnman posted a video where he plays the French pronunciation of the word “titties” on Google Translate. After that, the user ended up with a glass of wine near the Eiffel Tower. Against the background, the composition “ Traditionnel musette ” by composer Maurice Larkange played, which was most often used in subsequent memes. The video gained more than 1.5 million likes.
This format gained popularity in TikTok – at first, users entered random words in the translator, and soon they began to insert celebrity names.
Soon, the meme evolved – variations with other languages appeared.
Out of TikTok, the meme went only in December. The joke got to Instagram, where users for the most part inserted various famous people into the template.
Danny de vito
On Twitter, the meme appeared in January.
Nintendo Wii our boulanger du 16eme arrondissement pic.twitter.com/NAEOmwdJa8— Middy (@Dick_w0lf) January 13, 2020
Google Translate Meme French Animal Crossing pic.twitter.com/NRsjNXwXuA— Animal Crossing New Horizons (@ACNewHorizonsFR) January 29, 2020
And in early January, the Translated Memes channel was launched on YouTube , where they published similar videos. They mostly post memes on Star Wars, but there are jokes with other pop-cultural characters like Shrek or Naruto .
Anakin Skywalker in France
Darth Vader in China
Luke Skywalker in Turkey
In the Russian-language segment of social networks, the format attracted attention only in mid-February. Basically, users added other memes that were ever popular in Russia to the format.