The Brief: "Were you silent or were you silenced?" memes began appearing on Twitter and TikTok after Oprah posed the question to Meghan Markle during an interview special.


On Sunday evening, Oprah held an exclusive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry about their decision to leave the United Kingdom after dealing with British tabloids and alleged mistreatment from the royal family.

One question that stood out during Markle and Oprah’s two-hour conversation was “Were you silent or were you silenced?”

The query instantly became the center of  memes and a new TikTok trend. On Twitter, users paired the video clip with captions about various things that are silent, typically letters in different words.

In TikTok videos, users are lip-syncing to the audio in skits about silent letters and cartoon characters. Here’s one for the word “queue.”


I hope this hasn’t been done before🥲 #fyp #harrymeghanoprah #oprah #oprahwinfrey #wereyousilentorwereyousilenced

♬ original sound – Nathanael Parker

Here’s another with a creator interviewing Ferb of Phineas & Ferb:


ahhhh a man that doesn’t speak 🥰🥰🥰 #phineasandferb #silentorsilenced #Coming2America #fyp #uk

♬ original sound – Nathanael Parker

And, Ariel of The Little Mermaid.


Ariel finally breaks her silence(tuh) on Ursula. #blackcreatives #tiktokpartner #littlemermaid #mermaidtiktok

♬ original sound – Nathanael Parker