It appears that New York State Governor Kathy Hochul may have unintentionally killed the viral “watch this” Usher meme.
RIP to the now-iconic Usher meme. After the legendary R&B singer hosted his first NPR Tiny Desk Concert to close out Black Music Month, thousands of hilarious “watch this” memes were made in dedication to Usher’s “Confessions Pt. II” performance, with backing vocals from Vedo and Eric Bellinger.
Parents: “don’t act up”
A little kid:pic.twitter.com/yU5Z1kMquf
— Joi Childs (@jumpedforjoi) July 1, 2022
Me: I’ve already seen 200 of the Usher memes. I’m sure they’re done now.
My Twitter timeline: pic.twitter.com/FGmHAymY5o
— Melcolm X (@MelcolmRuffin) July 3, 2022
Now it appears that New York Governor Kathy Hochul may have deadened the trend with a wordy albeit unfunny tweet.
Supreme Court: We’re going to make it harder for the government to limit dangerous emissions and fight climate change.
New York: pic.twitter.com/ZLtS4pcXwt
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) July 5, 2022
Some Twitter users who saw the tweet gave the meme an official time of death of July 5 at 7:04 PM in their responses, also calling for Black Twitter jokes to be better gatekeepers.
— Del. Gabriel Acevero (@GabrielAcevero) July 6, 2022
Official time of death for the Usher meme: 4:04p, 7/5/22 https://t.co/OgnJ7DUQrL
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 6, 2022
please leave black Twitter content alone. Can we have nothing to ourselves.
— don't play ya self (@Curly_cici) July 5, 2022
Was there not a "Friends" or "Schitt's Creek" meme available? Could you let us keep this one to ourselves?
— KimberlyYayyyy! (@KimberlyYayyyy) July 6, 2022
Despite the flub, Usher’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert was an soulful grand finale to wrap up Black Music Month. The month-long showcase featured performances from FKA Twigs, Monica, Larry June, Denzel Curry, Ravyn Lenae and more throughout June. During his set, Ush opened with his 1997 hit “You Make Me Wanna,” following with “Nice & Slow,” “Superstar,” “Confessions Part II,” “You Don’t Have to Call” and “My Way.”
“Celebrating Black Music Month, this is Black magic right here,” Ush said during the performance. “I really, really am happy to celebrate all of the years of music and really celebrate my brothers. I’m really happy to be able to share. I think that if life has taught us anything, it is that we should share with each other. Not just the music, but understanding that life is a collaborative process and being able to lift each other up, stand with each other. That’s all it’s really about.”