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This is the lightning life cycle of a meme in 2016.
The hottest meme of the millennium is no more.
But the viral video, recorded on Snapchat by Daniel Lara’s friend Josh Holz, originally blew up when Holz posted it from his Twitter account. That fateful tweet is now gone forever, thanks to some joyless, racist hackers.
got my account back. they’re are some really sick people out there and I’m sorry you guys had to see all that.
— Josh (@Josholzz) February 29, 2016
This is the lightning life cycle of a meme in 2016: Blow up, hear the remix, appear on Ellen, have a SWAT team sent to your house, get hacked by white supremacists, try to recover the precious meme that started it all.
Even if you did get the video back, would it matter? We can never regain our youth or innocence, Josh. Just let it go, dude. Damn.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'