Fifth Estate actor Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Friday's Graham Norton chat show in the UK. Up for discussion was his role as Sherlock Holmes and Julian Assange but more importantly his latest range of memes.
Cumberbatch has been memed as an otter for sometime. In 2012 as global fame took hold following his role as Sherlock Holmes, Huffington Post UK reported on the otter meme. Red Scharlach was the person responsible for the original meme.
A British woman, Red's Tumblr blog has amusing Cumberbatch meme images from Friday's Graham Norton show. Harrison Ford was the featured guest on Friday's Graham Norton but Cumberbatch stole the show. Clips of the Fifth Estate, with the actor playing Julian Assange were compelling. He now looks more like Assange than Julian himself.
Arriving late Benedict made a Hollywood entrance. The audience obviously loved this rising star. With his own range of otter memes, or otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch, his fame is guaranteed. As the Fifth Estate hits cinemas Cumberbatch is big news, and so are his otter memes.
What is a meme?
Look online for a definition of a meme and here is what you will find. A meme is -- an element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. Hm. Here is another definition -- an image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.
Wikipedia however describes a meme as -- "an idea, style or action which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet, as with imitating the concept. Some notable examples include: posting a photo of people in public places lying down planking, or uploading a short video of people dancing to the Harlem Shake". An online meme is a viral trend. Some memes are accredited but others appear and catch on quickly. These are soon copied by others and a new range of memes is born.