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“Barbenheimer” Memes Get a Bad Rep Amongst Japanese Audiences

today1 August 2023


With a plot centered around the creation of the atom bomb that was eventually used to end World War II, the fate of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and its release in Japan has been up in the air for quite some time. 

Despite being released around the world on July 21, Japan has still not received a solid release date but it has been confirmed that the film has not been outright banned in the country. Meanwhile, other Asian countries have shown the film, albeit with explicit scenes censored. 

One of the biggest things surrounding Oppenheimer is the coincidental release it has with Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, leading to numerous memes on the internet. Known as “Barbenheimer”, the memes highlight the juxtaposition in themes and tone between the two blockbuster…

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Written by: Dale B

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