Dame Da Ne refers to a lyric from “Baka Mitai,” a pop ballad which can be sung in karaoke sections of the video games Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5_. The song has been paired with numerous humorous videos in remixes on YouTube, before also gaining popularity in “_Deepfakes“:/memes/deepfakes in July 2020.
In Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5, the player can choose to have the main character, Kiryu, sing karaoke as a side mission. One of the songs he can sing is called “Baka Mitai” (eng. “I’ve Been A Fool”), whose chorus starts with the lyric “Dame Da Ne,” (eng. “It’s no use”).
Parodies of the song began appearing on YouTube in 2018. On May 11th, 2018, user Baku Haku posted a parody that gained over 201,000 views in two years (shown below, left). On August 27th, user doodlepoo gained over 234,000 views with their parody of the song (shown below, right).
In 2020, internet users utilized deepfake technology to have various characters sing Baka Mitai song. On July 17th, 2020, Twitter user @Tortokhod posted a doctored video of YouTuber Linus from Linus Tech Tips singing the song (shown below). The tweet is the earliest known example of the meme.
you can have it I just got even better idea pic.twitter.com/LnCkMZK51K
— Cakewalking (@Tortokhod) July 17, 2020
Later that day, @Torokhod shared a version featuring a photo of video game developer YandereDev. The following day, Facebook user Magnus shared the video, which received more than 1,400 reactions and 3,800 shares (shown below).