We played the soundtrack for the new Beauty and the Beast as part of our background music rotation at the store where I work for a couple of months, and I had to stifle my laughter every single time “Be Our Guest” started because it’s freaking Ewan McGregor. As a singing French candlestick.
Now, I know Mr. McGregor is a very talented actor who has been in many things besides Star Wars. But the crossover opportunities are too good to pass up. These two memes are two of my favorite Obi-Wan/Lumiere mash-ups (bonus points for the high ground one). But there are plenty more. Bless the internet for never passing up an opportunity for these kinds of jokes.
If you haven’t caught on already, I LOVE Obi-Wan. And not just beautiful-faced, sass-mouthed, sad-eyed, prequels-era Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan. I also ADORE weary-eyed, cranky-grandpa, dad-bod, 500% done Alec Guinness OT Obi-Wan. And maybe it’s just Guiness suffering through his annoyance with Star Wars to earn a few bucks, but I think OT Obi-Wan has got such a “WHY ME?!” way about him.
That, combined with my penchant for macabre humor, brings us today’s meme selection. These text-posts totally punch you in the feels and cause that delicious guilty-laughter and then SADNESS that is quite unique to the Star Wars, and Obi-Wan in particular. Seriously, someone give Obi-Wan a cup of tea and sympathy. *weeps*
The “tag urself” meme is a special breed of internet humor that involves reducing beloved characters to a short list of characteristics/descriptions (often making liberal use of various forms of internet speak and meme vocabulary), giving each a funny name, and then inviting viewers to “tag” themselves as the one they most identify with. This often also means poking fun at said beloved characters. Of course, given that Star Wars memes are the best memes on the internet, Star Wars tag urself memes are some quality products. There are more where these came from, but these two are my favorites. The Obi-Wan one alone is just SO ACCURATE. Have you ever seen Obi-Padawan more perfectly described? The Rogue One meme is also generally perfect, with some subtle character analysis thrown in for good measure.
Tag urselves. (For the record, I’m “mullet” and either “good dad.jpg” or “apple pie-lot.”)
This meme was my gateway drug to the Star Wars Meme universe, and I always snort-chuckle whenever I see it. Three things:
- A while ago I was watching AotC with my little sister and we kept laughing at how Obi-Wan always addresses Anakin with too many modifiers. “We will not exceed our mandate, my young padawan learner.” “Only in your mind, my very young apprentice.” For the next few days, every time we talked to each other my sister and I would extend this as much as possible. She asks for me to pass the salt, I respond with “Of course, my little tiny baby young child apprentice student padawan learner.” This meme bastardizes the phrase “my young padawan” in the same way.
- This is that perfect balance of Dad Joke and Absurd that the internet, especially Tumblr, does so well. It is… an exquisite specimen.
- I feel a special connection to anyone who spends their free time badly photoshopping unflattering pictures of Anakin. I think said connection is the closest I’ll ever get to the Force.
I loooove the Anakin Phelps meme, mostly because I was watching live (well, “live”– it was the NBC broadcast) when this moment happened during the 2016 Olympics. I have only rarely laughed as hard as I did that night. These Star Wars editions of the meme just make it better. You could insert Phelps’s face into certain parts of RotS and not even notice the difference: “From my point of view, Chad Le Clos is evil!”