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Libya: Zenga Zenga Meme Goes Viral

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Libya, Digital Activism, Humor, War & Conflict, Youth

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011 [1].


The video remix of Gaddafi's now infamous “Zenga Zenga” speech, has hit a near 3 million viewers mark less than two weeks after it was posted on Youtube. In it “The Brother Leader Guide” promises to “cleanse Libya inch by inch, home by home, house by house, street by street (Zenga Zenga)” (posted by noyalooshemusic [3]):

For some reason, a version of the same clip without the lap dancers is also available here [4].

According to Know Your Meme [5] website, Zenga Zenga started to become a viral catchphrase after an Israeli journalist uploaded a remix of Gaddafi’s speech featuring the quote.

The video seems to have launched a meme on the video sharing website Youtube. More similarly edited speeches of the Libyan leader are emerging, much to the delight of viewers. Here, Gaddafi performs a duet with Shakira (video posted by camelsmaycry [6]):

Here's another remix using other segments of the same “Zenga Zenga” speech, posted by ZZFO [7] (over a million viewers):

This video is entitled: “Muammar Gaddafi: Had you said this, it would have been better for you.” It was posted by ml4482 [7]:

And here the Colonel raps (posted by LinoVenturaa3 [8]):

And here “The Brother Guide” in a remake of Singing in the Rain. Video posted by EFFERLECEBE [9]:

Finally, the Looney Tune version featuring Ga-daffy (posted by Trashman1964 [10]):

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011 [1].