“Johny Johny Yes Papa”: the meme born from YouTube’s hellscape of kids’ videos, explained
“Johny Johny Yes Papa”: a meme born of YouTube’s kids’ video hellscape - Vox
Johny Johny Yes Papa
The nightmarish nursery rhyme went viral over the past week, drawing hundreds of thousands of new people into its lore. In the most shared version, a child with an absurdly large head sneaks out of bed to gorge on sugar cubes when his father — known only as "Papa" — sternly calls out "Johny" and breaks into a Gangnam Style -type dance. When Johny denies eating sugar, Papa asks if he's "telling lies" while emphatically doing the wave. Caught in the lie, Johny belts out in deranged laughter and lifts his hands, spinning around like he's performing some sort of playful demonic possession. Since that tweet, Johny, Papa, and their fixation on sugar inspired memes about their strange storyline.
The song is about a child, Johny , who is caught by his father eating sugar. Versions of this song comprising more than one verse usually continue with variations on this theme. A book by the American scholar and professor Jessica Wilson states that the nursery rhyme originated in Kenya. The lyrics to the song are in a call and response format, and typically sung to the tune of " Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ".