The popular video clip ‘Teen Werewolves’ is a Youtube clip featuring a clique of teens that call themselves werewolves. The video was quickly turned into a meme after the story aired on San Antonio’s news station KENS5 in 2010.
The video begins with descriptions of the cliques found across San Antonio’s North side. Video shots show emo-presenting teens with fluffy, wolf like tails, and dark hair swooped to the side.
One blond she-wolf declares to the camera that the group is not in fact like a gang, but that they are actually a family. The newscasters then go on to explain how the packs do indeed “meet under the full moon”- but only if their parents let them. Then comes a brief explanation of pop culture depictions of werewolves, including more recent movies such as “Van Helsing” and the Twighlight Saga. A school counselor is interviewed, wherein she describes how the kids are “looking to find their identities” and searching for “a sense of belonging”.
The lead wolf is then interviewed, and declares that the pack means that these kids are accepted, and that everyone isn’t fully human and has a part of an animal inside of them. He also says that he himself has a wolf inside of him that sometimes howls to get out. Another shot of the pack in a group depicts their colored contacts, fangs, leashes, and yipping.
In the 2010 broadcast on Teenage Werewolves, one of the teenagers being interviewed told the reporter that they are part of the “wolf pack” to find new friends and express who they want to be. One student who was interviewed said “You get friends, you get a place you belong. Yeah you pretty much are accepted where you are, who you are, and what you are.” These students are looking for a place to fit in and be who they want and the “wolf pack” allows them to do that. In the popular movie series Twilight one of the main character Bella Swan is a normal girl who falls in love with a werewolf that she continues to want to learn more about his culture and who he is. The popularity of the movie brought out a new culture for young millennials, and thus had them create their wolf pack. This exemplifies the sexuality and theme of growing up in the werewolf community, because these wolf pack members are just trying to find out who they are. The friends also work together as a team to look out for each other which is also expressed in the song Lil Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. In the song the werewolf is portrayed as someone there to protect little red riding hood on her way to her grandmothers. The lyrics express this throughout the song, one example of this is, “Until you get to grandma’s place I think you ott to walk with me and be safe.” This theme of a werewolf is also shown as someone who protects others, which is also expressed in the T.V. series Teen Wolf. In Teen Wolf the main character Scott Mccaw is a high schooler who protects his friends as well as the city he lives in. This exemplifies the theme that werewolves are protectors, and stand their ground.
One member of a San Antonio wolf pack came under criticism from the TV show for his alleged involvement with the death of a neighbors dog. 18 year old Wolfie Blakheart, depicted with a giant sword (below), was found to be in possession of the fleshless skull of his neighbor’s dog after it went missing
Shortly after the clip aired on KENS5, it became forever engrained in internet culture as a meme. Helen A.S. Popkin explains in her article “Teen Werewolf Internet backlash is now!”that in a few days the video clip moved “from viral local news video to cyber punch line” [XXX]. The meme was spread quickly across various social media platforms, and people took delight in making fun of the teens. It currently has over 7 million views.
- Teen Werewolves.YouTube, 20 May 2010. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q77sJT8O56E>.
- Popkin, Helen A.S. "Teen Werewolf Internet backlash is now!" Technotica. NBC News, 1 June 2010. Web. 19 Apr. 2017. <http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37400306/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/teen-werewolf-internet-backlash-now/#.WPgyrBTMxUQ>.
- "Teen Werewolves." Know Your Meme. Cheez Burger, 30 Sept. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/teen-werewolves>.
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