Yes, It's Time For Those 'It's Gonna Be May' Memes
Cue the eye rolls!
Your social media feeds today are likely packed with what have become the second-most tiresome May-related memes after those “May the 4th Be With You” ones coming on Saturday.
“It’s Gonna Be May” memes have been ubiquitous on the last day of April since 2012, when a Tumblr user singled out Justin Timberlake’s southern enunciation of “me” on the 2000 hit “It’s Gonna Be Me.”
JUST SAY NO 🚫 TO ‘IT’S GONNA BE MAY’ MEMES 🗣🗣🗣THIS YEAR— AA (@allisona15) April 30, 2019
In 2016, Timberlake blamed the song's producer. "Max Martin made me sing ‘me’ that way,” he told a British radio station. “I think he just wanted me to sound like I was from Tennessee.”
NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick last year told Variety: "I remember when we were recording the song, Max Martin kept telling Justin to sing it more ‘may’ instead of ‘me,’ and then it just became May. When it was over, I remember even Justin saying, ‘Man, that sounds ‘May’ more than ‘me,’ but it didn’t really catch on until someone made that meme."
Appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, JT’s fellow NSYNCer Lance Bass celebrated the enduring popularity of the meme. “When we recorded that song there was no social media so we had no idea this would happen,” he pointed out.
“We never really thought about the way Justin pronounced ‘me’ before, until this meme started going around.”
Timberlake has embraced this little bit of pop culture by tweeting about it for the past three years. Afterall, “It’s Gonna Be May” has been good for business. According to YouTube, the song's video – which currently has almost 95 million views – enjoyed a 325 per cent increase in views on this day last year. (JT utters the phrase around the 1:00 mark.)
Everybody... It is ACTUALLY GONNA BE MAY!#canyoumemeyourself— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 29, 2016
Probably not, right?
Hey guys... it's May.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 1, 2017
Wait for it 😂l https://t.co/TjSECg4q0x— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 30, 2018