In case you don’t follow Céline Dion on Twitter (weird), or own a Disney Plus account, or have friends who are staunchly devoted fans of the “Star Wars” franchise, here’s what you might have missed this week: Baby Yoda — yes, that Yoda — has effectively taken over our planet.
Or if not our planet, then at least our virtual one. In mid-November, a “Star Wars” spinoff series called “The Mandalorian” materialized on Disney’s new streaming platform, and just three weeks later, a little green humanoid alien in a shearling coat had already become the internet’s newest obsession.
Basically, if we can all agree on one thing, in a time when we can’t agree on anything, it’s Baby Yoda, who has literally surfaced in every single format you can imagine.
Watch: Someone turned Baby Yoda into a cake. Story continues below.
He’s overtaken Kermit the Frog as the pettiest GIF out there, sipping from an oversized mug. He’s been fashioned into a pair of beaded earrings by Indigenous artists. He’s been rendered as Funko pops and plush toys and bobble heads, he’s out-trended political candidates in the midst of a Democratic presidential campaign, and he’s even been blended up with caramel and matcha into a Starbucks Frappuccino.
Most of all, he’s been transformed into memes that will outlast the show, as Canadians and Americans alike have tried to lay national identity claims to a creature that obviously transcends geography.
For your consideration, here are some of the best Baby Yoda memes out there.
Canadian Baby Yodas
O.K., hear us out: Baby Yoda, if he were moored to a single birthplace on planet Earth, would totally be Canadian. The comfort with the brisk weather: Canadian behaviour. The wide, kind eyes: Canadian signature. The massive mug, filled with — presumably — Tim Hortons coffee: definitely Canadian.
And Céline Dion agrees. Here’s Baby Yoda imploring you to listen to her latest studio album, Courage, the first English one she’s released in six years:
Not only is Baby Yoda Céline Dion, he’s also Moira Rose, from the Canadian sitcom, “Schitt’s Creek”:
Some have also speculated that Baby Yoda might be a distant cousin of Darwin the macaque, the beloved Canadian Ikea monkey, given their shared affinity for resplendent shearling coats:
And he obviously drinks Tim Hortons, a.k.a. the superior coffee:
Non-Canadian Baby Yodas
For the sake of diplomacy and objectivity, let’s consider the opposing viewpoint, which is that Baby Yoda is, in fact, American. The argument might spring from the well of a single remixed scene from “The Mandalorian,” in which Baby Yoda is desperate to jam out to a beloved all-American boy band, the Backstreet Boys:
He also might prefer his coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, though this hasn’t been confirmed:
He’s also been transformed into a supporter of various American sports teams, both by the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Yankees:
Also ... Guy Fieri:
To be fair, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — famously part-Canadian — did reveal himself to be Baby Yoda’s father, which means we have to engage with both sides of the argument (he would have dual citizenship):
Celebrity sightings of (and thoughts on) Baby Yoda
And a bunch of celebrities talked about him on the red carpet at the Gotham Awards on Dec. 2, with Laura Dern claiming she actually saw Baby Yoda at a recent basketball game. “It was NBA,” she said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Yoda ... as a Starbucks frap
Oh, and since Yoda contains multitudes, he also contains the potential to be transformed into a cold beverage, as mentioned earlier:
Werner Herzog’s reaction
And then there’s Werner Herzog, the German film director, who co-stars in “The Mandalorian,” who noted how “heartbreakingly beautiful” the reaction over the little green tyke has been: