In season 1 of Stranger Things, we had #Justice4Barb. This season, we’ve got… dancing Hopper. Stranger Things season 2 got its first meme this week, as a Twitter account called @hopperdancingto started posting videos of Sheriff Jim Hopper dancing to K-pop, the Stranger Things theme song, the Bag Raiders, and Michael Jackson.
The meme really took off when David Harbour, who plays Hopper, tweeted his fervent approval of the account. Now, 17,000 people are following Hopper Dancing To.
It’s too bad the scene is so dimly lit that Hopper and Eleven look gray and washed-out. The clip is taken from Stranger Things season 2, episode 3, “The Pollywog,” when (spoiler!), a flashback explains how Hopper sheltered Eleven after the events of season 1. Eleven looks on in awe, as Hopper shimmies to the 1972 song “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” by Jim Croce.
If you didn’t like the show’s song choice, or just want to see Hopper get hyped about music from a different era, you can set the running loop of Hopper dancing to a new song with the hashtag #HopperDancing. Viral memes tend to be open-ended enough that anyone can add their own contributions. This one’s no exception: there are an infinite number of ways to reimagine what Hopper is hearing when he dances.