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The sudden resurgence of “Bring It On” memes this week, explained

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When it emerged that Melania Trump’s opening night speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night (July 18) included several lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech, the internet gasped. Then, of course, it responded with memes.

Many of the jokes focused on plagiarism: #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, for example, attributes well-known lines to the former model and wife of the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump.

Another rich source of memes was the American cheerleading film, Bring It On, which took on a particular resonance given the racial implications of Trump, who is white, appropriating the words of Obama, who is black.

The film, released in 2000, follows a high school cheerleading squad (led by Kirsten Dunst) on their journey to nationals, and their rivalry with a mostly black squad (led by Gabrielle Union) from a poorer part of town.

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