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Did Barack Obama really say ‘Stay woke, bitches’ in this viral video?

“Thank you. And stay woke, bitches,” is not a quote you’d normally attribute to former US President Barack Obama. But filmmaker Jordan Peele just made this a reality, by using intelligent visual trickery.

Okay, that isn’t the most pertinent takeaway from this story.

Peele, the mastermind behind megahit Get Out, this week demonstrated how AI technology could be used in digital warfare.

Teaming up with Buzzfeed, his Monkeypaw Productions team created a fake public service announcement delivered by AI Obama, to show just how artificial intelligence and visual editing tools could be used to spread misinformation in the future.

And it’s scary.

Not only does the AI Obama look like, well, real Obama, Peele does a pretty good job of impersonating his voice.

But, you know, Jordan Peele does poke fun at “dipshit” Trump, and does drop a Get Out “sunken garden” reference into the mix too.

And at that point, if you still don’t realise that this isn’t quite the real Barack Obama, puppet master Peele appears within the clip split-screen style.


Yes, AI Obama drops a casual “fuck” into the mix too, but the video itself is a tangible, shocking reminder of how we should question everything we see and hear on the internet.

And yes, especially videos of beloved (and not so beloved) politicians.

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More


  1. DrMitoFit

    April 18, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    As an American, I have to object (again) to how Memeburn covers President Trump. This is an admitted fake video that pointlessly insults my President. Have you ever covered Trump fairly? President Trump crushed ISIS in one year when Obama said it would be a generational (never-ending) problem, North Korea is now willing to eliminate their nuclear weapons due to the “extreme pressure” policies of the Trump administration, North and South Korea are negotiating the end of the Korean War which past Presidents failed to do or even imagine, and Trump has squelched chemical warfare in the modern era with precision cruise missile strikes. Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Memeburn fails to cover any of these remarkable developments in world peace. I also want to tell you that the big political news about South Africa we hear in America is the murder and land confiscation of SA farmers. Yet total silence on this topic by Memeburn. Instead you post fake, derogatory, and silly internet videos.

  2. charl

    April 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Dude you must be retarded to think this is silly.
    It shows how A.I will start an revolution of Fake news that people like you would believe.

  3. DrMitoFit

    April 20, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    As an American, I know what my presidents sound like. Peele’s impersonation is really lousy and what he chose to make Obama say is really inane. This is what Obama really sounds like (when not using a teleprompter): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poz6W0znOfk

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