Here’s What Wes Anderson Thinks About All Those Memes About His Films
Doesn’t mean you have to stop posting them on your TikTok, though.
For many creators, seeing their projects floating around the Internet in the form of vicarious memes is the highest form of recognition.
To become a meme, something has to stand out and be very expressive, so there's no chance that an ordinary thing can go viral or at least be somewhat popular on any social platform.
Also, memes just give more exposure to the original content, spreading it around and getting people more invested in it. How many people do you think decided to play The Last of Us just because of pictures of Pedro Pascal looking devastated and down?
While there is no way to actually count, our guess would be pretty high.
Despite the fact that ending up on the internet is perceived by the majority as a success rather than a failure, not everyone is happy to see their style mocked for the sake of quick entertainment.
In a recent interview with The Times, Wes Anderson revealed that he doesn't enjoy any of the memes he's been sent.
“If somebody sends me something like that I’ll immediately erase it… I don’t want to look at it, thinking, ‘Is that what I do?’” the director explained.
This is unfortunate, considering that Anderson's famous visuals are not being mocked by anyone, but praised. It started as a trend on Tik Tok, with people making a "Wes Anderson movie" out of their lives, choosing the most aesthetically pleasing colors and spots to create the perfect video.
Then the trend moved to AI, where everyone started imagining other movies through Wes Anderson's famous prism. This move is much more questionable, as is the nature of AI tools, but it doesn't hurt the original creations.
While it is understandable that the director might feel insecure, thinking that his work has been reduced to its visual component, in reality, viewers are just trying to show their gratitude and appreciation, as well as express themselves.
As long as you enjoy it, keep doing it! Just maybe refrain from showing anything to Wes Anderson, even if you get the chance.
Source: The Times