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Blink while someone’s showing off their sportsball moves and you might just miss them. Meanwhile, doubters are going to call bullshit.
The hottest new trend with the teens pokes fun at the phenomenon of videos that capture the perfect trick shot. As Deadspin points out, we’re totally over ogling those low-res vines of some run-of-the-mill bro sinking a ball in a moving, flaming trash can while blindfolded and guffawing something pseudo-macho. “Haters gonna say it’s fake” takes this cliché and parodies it to death with memes that explode the genre.
It’s pretty simple: teens film themselves making a trick shot after trick shot, each one more outrageous than the last. It’s abundantly clear that these attempts wouldn’t take in IRL, but video editing helps bend reality. First comes the outlandish shot, then a quick cut to footage of the ball making it through the hoop (or whatever the “goal” of the sport may be).
It’s also obvious that you’re not even seeing the same ball throughout the video, adding to the outlandishness. For some, the shoddy quality makes it even better. Other teens have taken the concept even further, making fun of the water bottle flip that recently went viral.
Finally, teens are calling out the boring redundancy of trick shots and stunts. Perfection is overrated. Being funny is better.
“Haters are gonna say it’s fake” has a similar ethos to memes such as “looks shopped.” Both phrases are aptly deployed when it’s quite evident that something in the visual content has been altered. But that’s where the humor is, whether it’s defending yourself from haters before they even have a second to doubt you or insisting on a doctored image’s legitimacy.
haters gonna say it’s fake pic.twitter.com/RfS9nW5wIx
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) June 15, 2016
Check out more of these priceless (and totally real) videos here.
Gabe Bergado is a Daily Dot alumnus who covered dank memes, teens, and the weirdest corners of the Internet. One time, Ted Cruz supporters turned him into a meme—or at least tried to. In 2017, he started reporting for Teen Vogue's entertainment section.