May 1 has been a holiday for basically as long as holidays have existed — but thanks to a certain ’00s phenomenon, May Day has recently gotten a whole lot better.
In case you don’t know, once upon a time, there was this boy band called ‘N Sync. They had a song called “It’s Gonna Be Me.” In those bygone days, all the cool kids were pronouncing words weirdly when they sang. (It’s why Britney Spears had a generation of kids wondering what the hell a “babe-in” was, as in “Oh babe-in babe-in, how was I supposed to know/That something wasn’t right here?”) It showed passion, and made all the ladies/fellas want you.
So when Justin Timberlake — back when he still had his curly fro — went to sing “It’s gonna be me,” he made a very crucial artistic decision. (Think Picasso.) Instead, he said, “It’s gonna be May” — or at least, that’s what it sounded like.
And now the world can’t (and won’t) let it go. Every year, J.T.’s “It’s Gonna Be May” meme lives on — and every year, it gets just a little less funny. But I suppose it has to survive at least through 2014 — because even Barack Obama got in on the action April 30, when he posted the above photo to Facebook. The caption? You guessed it: “It’s gonna be May.”
So now, it’s May. Which means we have 364 days before we have to decide if this meme is still funny. In the meantime: