Shakira's Halftime Show 'Zaghrouta' Tongue is the Internet's New Favorite Thing

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show included two millennial icons, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.  Both had hits in the early 2000s, like J. Lo’s “Jenny From the Block” or Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever.” These songs were must-haves at any middle school dance during the turn of the century. So, of course, their halftime show got meme’d—another millennial must.

Shakira wiggling her tongue making a high pitched noise became the most meme-able of the evening. People on the internet loved it, but were baffled by it.  The wiggle and wail was a zaghrouta, a popular Arabic expression of joy. Half Colombian and half Lebanese, Shakira already uses traditional Arabic belly dance in her performances. The zaghrouta was another nod to her heritage.

The action added cultural spice to a halftime show celebrating the melting pot of the U.S. in one of its most diverse cities, Miami. Below are some of the best memes capturing that moment.

Even though many people had no idea it was a zaghrouta, they still loved it.

It also got compared to other classic tongue wiggling memes.

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🤪👅 . . . . . . #shakira #superbowl #superbowl2020 #shakiramemes

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#superbowlmemes #superbowl #shakiramemes #shakirameme #catmeme #catmemes #kittymemes #catmemesarethebest #tongueout #meme #firememes🔥 #memesdaily #dankmeme #memelord #funnymemes #memepage #memez #memelife  #dailymeme

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Shakira was greetings people #arabe #arabic #Muslims ! And deep #ocean …😂😂😂😂😂 #bobSponja #funny Shakira’s tongue and Spongebob! 🙌 Credits gifs #GLITZMEDIACO #shakiramemes #funnyvideos #shakira #superbowl #superbowl2020 #shakirasuperbowl2020 #shakiratongue

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Others applied it to everyday situations.

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My last two brain cells are out ✌🏻 #shakira #jlo #superbowl

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I love 2020 . . . #memes #memepage #memesdaily #memeplus #memestagram #shakira #videomemes #jenniferlopez #drunkmemes #dankmemes #superbowl l #alcohol #superbowl2020 #relatablememes #shakiramemes #sundayscaries #superbowlsunday #workmemes #alcoholmemes #halftimeshow #superbowlhalftimeshow #superbowlliv #49ers #chiefs #9to5 #9to5life #retailproblems #workmemes #shakirashakira

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🌪💤🌪 . . . . . #3amthoughts #insomniaproblems #insomnia #cantsleepnow #superbowlliv #superbowl2020 #superbowlmiami #superbowl54 #jenniferlopezforever #jlosexy #shakirafans #shakirashakira #superbowlmemes #miamimemes #memestagram #funnymemes #miamiflorida #miami #shakirameme #shakiramemes #insidemymind

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It’s impossible to find the perfect caption on such a gem of a video. Thanks @Shakira

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😜😜😜 . . . . . #superbowlmemes #shakiramemes #shakira #thisiswhyimsingle #singleaf #relationshipmemes #crushmemes #relatablememes #adultmemes #instagood #superbowlliv

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I’m craving chocolate chip cookie dough 😋- – – – – #shakiramemes #shakira #superbowl2020 #memes #icecream #followers

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And, of course, since millennials are Spongebob Squarepants fans, they couldn’t help but think of  the show’s “leedle leedles”

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Was a lit show but damn 😂 too funny @shakira #superbowl2020 #Superbowl #shakira #shakiradance #shakiramemes #superbowlparty #superbowlhalftimeshow

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Shakira be like… . . . #Superbowlmeme #shakiramemes #spongebobmeme #magicconch

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Shakira said • • • • • • • #shakira #shakiramemes #shakiravideo #superbowl2020 #superbowl #victoryscreech #spongebobmemes #spongebob #goviral #viralvideos #shesaid #jlo #latina #latinasbelike #whatthatmouthdo #hilarious #memesdaily #dankmemes

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No one asked for strippers at the halftime show. Bet little Jimmy in the audience was wondering why his pee pee stick was getting so big. Credit to r/memes #superbowlmemes #superbowlmeme #superbowlmemesfordays #superbowlmemes2020 #superbowlmemessoon #superbowlmemes_ #superbowlmemesarefunnierthanthecommercials #footballmemes #footballmemesinsta #footballmemesofficial #footballmemesco #memesfootball #americanfootballmemes #funnyfootballmemes #nflmemes #nflmemes_ig #nflmemespage #nflmemes_ig♦️🔷🔶 #memesnfl #nflfootballmemes #nflfunnymemes #nflmemesig #funnynflmemes #shakiramemes #shakirameme #memesshakira

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