One of the great things about America is everyone’s entitled their opinion. Everyone is free to express that opinion wherever and however they want. This conceit has been pushed into brave new worlds as of late and perhaps never more curiously than in the case of the song, “Mia Khalifa” and it’s strange rise to fame on the app/social media network(?) Tik Tok.
It all starts when Pakistani-American rapper @SmokeHijabi posts a video of herself smoking a blunt and rapping in a hijab.
It’s a beautiful day for freedom of speech when someone can take to the Internet and issue a bold satire of religion without institutional persecution. The court of public opinion on the other hand is another matter. For, in America it is equally the right of others to criticize such satire, which Lebanese Adult film star Mia Khalifa did on her Instagram, reposting the image with the caption, “She’s so disrespectful to all Muslim women and gives us a bad image smh,” followed by the female face palm emoji, female Hijab emoji, and the bomb emoji.
Under the artist name iLOVEFRiDAY, SmokeHijab and her producer Xeno Carr released a diss track in response entitled, “Mia Khalifa” which rips the woman for, essentially, being a hypocrite because she’s sex worker.
As a track, the song is only partially serviceable, in my opinion. The hook and verses by her producer, Xeno Carr, are painfully amateurish next to SmokeHijab’s brief but unforgettable appearance at the end. (Carr also comes off as a total dick, spitting hostile lyrics towards a woman.)
The Internet would seem to agree to some extent, as the track’s popularity certainly rests on the fact that a clip of SmokeHijab’s lone verse in “Mia Khalifa” went mega-viral through app du jour, Tik Tok.
The lyrics from the viral clip of SmokeHijab’s verse are as follows:
Hit or miss, I guess they never miss, huh?
You got a boyfriend, I bet he doesn’t kiss ya (Mwah!)
He gon’ find another girl and he won’t miss ya
He gon’ skrrt and hit the dab like Wiz Khalifa
Cosplayer Nyannyan posted this Tik Tok clip lypsyncing to the verse dressed as Cheerleader Yazawa Nico/niko from the transmedia Anime universe, LoveLive!
From there, it went bonkers. While numbers proving the meme’s dominant spread across the platform don’t exist, even a brief glance at Tik Tok yields dozens and dozens of imitations of Nyannyan’s original performance.
Given this drama’s roots in freedom of speech among two Muslim-American women, one of whom is an Internet rapper, the other an Adult film star, the setting of the drama being Instagram and YouTube, and then its eventually catapult into viral fame on Tik Tok via an Anime cosplayer, the so called, “Hit or Miss” meme is easily my pick for meme of the year and a strong contender for meme of the decade or even century. Pay attention to this one. It’s a hit.