The Brief: A video of a woman dancing in Myanmar as military vehicles arrived to stage a coup went viral and led to meme remixes.


On Monday, Myanmar’s military seized control of the country in a coup and a PE teacher recorded herself doing a dance aerobics routine in the country’s capital, unaware of armored vehicles arriving behind her. This video inspired many memes, remixes, and parodies about the juxtaposition between her cheerful dance and a military coup.

Aerobics instructor Khing Hnin Wai was recording a video for a dance aerobics competition, unbeknownst to the fact that the cars driving behind her were on their way to the parliament for a military takeover. She later posted the video on Facebook where it went viral.

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This aerobics/coup video has been edited into a variety of other scenarios including other moments of political upheaval like the January 6th riots and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more.

Some meme-makers edited the video to include other well-known dance memes like the vibing cat and Hamster Dance:

Memes of this video are popular on Reddit, YouTube, and Twitter.

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