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Justin Timberlake References ‘It’s Gonna Be May’ Meme With A Perfect Punchline

Singer Justin Timberlake has proven over the years that he has a great sense of humor.

He has starred in a growing number of big-screen comedies. He is one of the most popular hosts and musical guests on Saturday Night Live.

Recently, the Mirrors singer proved that he is even capable of poking fun at himself with his own witty punchlines and impressive comic timing. Timberlake referenced a popular meme on Facebook and Twitter that seems to reemerge online towards the end of every April – a meme that simply says “It’s Gonna Be May.”

What is the hilarious connection between the “It’s Gonna Be May” meme and Justin Timberlake? To answer that, you must first be familiar with the hit 2000 song, “It’s Gonna Be Me” by N’Sync.

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During the song, Justin Timberlake is the one that clearly sings the line “It’s Gonna Be Me.” However, when he pronounces “me” it sounds just like “May.” Therefore, even though most N’Sync fans and critics know what he is really singing when they hear the 16-year-old song, the fact that he sounds like he’s saying “May” is something that you just can’t get out of your head once it’s in there.

The meme usually sprouts online every now and then throughout the year. However, it seems to hit a major wave of exposure around the middle of April. As the month of April comes to an end, most people realize that “it’s gonna be May” – which causes the classic meme poking fun at Justin Timberlake to find its way back into the wonderful world of viral images.

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Based on his Facebook post, though, it is clear that Justin Timberlake may somewhat enjoy the meme himself – especially when the timing is right.

However, perhaps the biggest highlight of his post was the hashtag response that he used after referencing the “It’s Gonna Be May” meme.

The hashtag #CanYouMemeYourself has started generating its own buzz on Twitter since Justin Timberlake first posted it on Facebook Friday. However, quite a few of the responses to the hashtag just go right back to the original “It’s Gonna Be May” meme one way or another.

“It’s Gonna Be Me” was the second U.S. single released from N’Sync’s second studio album, No Strings Attached. Reports confirm that the hit single was the group’s only chart-topping #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Even though the popular boy band decided to call it quits several years later, Justin Timberlake continued in the music industry as a solo artist – creating a vast number of hit singles with the help of producers like Timbaland and Pharrell Williams, along with an impressive list of featured artists over the years.

As long as there are still people that enjoy or at least remember the N’Sync song, the Justin Timberlake “It’s Gonna Be May” meme will more than likely live on for many more years to come.

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