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Surely You've Heard By Now That Zendaya Is Meechee

By Mieka Strawhorn | Film | September 24, 2018 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Film | September 24, 2018 |


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Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Zendaya is Meechee? I remember it like it was yesterday. In fact, it was yesterday. I was sitting right where I am now, at my desk, and I’ll never be the same again. No song in the history of music has ever reached so deeply into my soul so quickly and assuredly as Zendaya is Meechee. If you’ve never heard it before, I envy you. There’s nothing like your first time. If you are already among its legions of devotees, there’s no such thing as too many times. So, before we proceed: Get your life (again).

This “little diddy that could” caught lightning in a bottle on Twitter yesterday, and within 24 hours of its posting, earned over 100K likes.

It was presented with no clumsy context, its only message a resounding truth: Zendaya is Meechee.

This has been confirmed by multiple sources. Zendaya herself endorsed creator and performer Gabriel Gundacker’s heartfelt assertion.


No lies detected. Zendeya is Meechee. I find it hard to put into words what it is about this song and video that make it so special. Here are a couple of reasons why I think Zendaya is Meechee so thoroughly invades the heart, mind, and spirit.

It’s earnest. Gabriel has created something so wholly uncynical in a week where thinking, feeling people are white-knuckling it through a barrage of despair, anxiety, and rage. No specific reason; Mercury must be in retrograde or something. But at least we know, even as the civilized world seems to be crumbling before our very eyes, that there is only one Meechee, and that is Zendaya. In other words, Zendaya is Meechee.

Or put more simply:

It’s a banger. Dammit if Zendaya is Meechee isn’t the catchiest jam of the year. It’s only 52 seconds long yet, it feels eternal. Maybe that’s because I find I can’t listen to it just once. And when I think I’m done listening to it, my brain tells me “Nah, bitch! Zendaya is Meechee” and plays it for me several more times, and then several more.

The performance is outstanding. Gabriel has got some serious chops! We’ll probably be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. Gabriel was a popular Vine creator and is now a Youtuber and writer for Our Cartoon President on Showtime. So he’s not a complete ingรฉnue, but dammit he’s dreamy. And he sells the shit out of this song.

You might be asking yourself, what is a Meechee anyway? It doesn’t matter. I refuse to give it any more context than it requires. If you feel the need to ask, go back and watch the video again. All that matters is that Zendaya is Meechee. Sure, Lebron James is Gwangi. Danny Devito is, in fact, Dorgle. Common is none other than Stonekeeper. But it can’t be stated in more certain terms, Zendaya is Meechee. Ok, yes, Gina Rodriguez is Kolka. But the reason you and I are still here, thinking deeply about the universe and yetis and the like, is the plain and simple fact that Zendaya is Meechee. I did that from memory, people! I only had to look up how to spell Gwangi.

There is no Zuul, only Meechee.

I’ll see myself out.



Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.



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