The Downfall Meme Never Dies…

…it just adapts to new circumstances.  The latest version has Hitler reacting to the news that Sarah Palin has resigned from her position as Governor of Alaska.  I originally wrote about the “Downfall Meme,” a creative use of web video in which users substitute alternate subtitles to a scene from the movie Downfall to make it appear as if Hitler is reacting to current events, in May 2008 and figured it would be a short-lived curiosity, a relatively thin joke that would fade quickly from memory.  But now, well over a year later, the meme appears to be alive and well, and the video’s creator, andyroweiii, here offers a creative take on the Palin story with a twist of Michael Jackson humor.  Good stuff.


  1. Rob Rushing Said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    Very nicely done—I especially liked how he worked in the reference to Stalin.

  2. Chuck Said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Yes, the Stalin line was perfect. One of the better versions of this meme that I’ve seen in recent months.

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    April 9, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    […] like the Downfall Meme, I think the Texts from Hilary meme is extraordinarily flexible. It can be used to riff on any […]

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