Goodnight Sweet Prince
The play that inspired the meme.
- Date Discovered: 2006
- Discovered On: 4chan
Goodnight sweet prince is a meme popularized on 4chan which is is used, usually falsely, to declare the death of a celebrity. Sometimes it is used to try and fool people into seriously believing the celebrity is dead but other times it is an obvious joke such as when the picture of the wrong celebrity is used to declare that someone is dead.
Very often somebody will follow up with the post/image etc. saying that it is true and they just saw it on CNN.
The meme was most likely inspired by Shakespeare's famous play Hamlet which is the first place the term was known to be written many hundreds of years ago. There are other notable sources which may have inspired the meme though such as the movies Robocop and The Big Lebowski in which the phrase was used.
—Hamlet, Act V
It is still often used throughout the internet but most people don't fall for it anymore.Once in a while the death actually will turn out to be true but it is so rare that nobody takes anyone who spouts the meme seriously.
Not even Moot is safe
Barack Obama was in a motorcade? I thought it was Kennedy...