Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
My name is Melissa Herrera and I am a Junior at Utah State University. Majoring in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science (ADVS). I was born in Anaheim, California, but moved to Logan, Utah, when I was nine years old. Needless to say, choosing to attend USU was an easy choice. I work as a Veterinary Technician (Not Certified), and I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Beta Xi chapter here at USU. You will find me on my phone scrolling through Facebook, iFunny App, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
I first started seeing this meme years ago but it fully aware of it popularity until it was discussed in an online forum for ENGL 3070 (Folklore and the Internet) Fall semester of 2016. The goal of the discussion was to post three versions of one meme. Then reflect on how it’s typically used, what kind of attitude or commentary it holds. I messaged the person who posted the meme in the discussion, in hopes to get an interview. However, I did not receive a message back. “Directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of a whimsical chocolate factory, the idea for a film adaptation for Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…The film was released on June 30th 1971.” (knowyourmeme.com).
The overall feeling of this meme to be humorous. However, Willy Wonka memes are meant to give a sense of sarcasm and appear condescending. They are typically insulting, yet hilarious at the same time, which can give conflicting feelings if the meme is pertaining to you. The image is usually coined with a caption relating to an annoyance people experience or a new trend that no one can stand.
Dr. Lynne Mcneill
Semester and year
G9: Internet Memes
Herrera, Melissa, "Willy Wonka Meme" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 62.