According to foreign news agency Techspot, a new fashion is sweeping social media, especially a bizarre deepfake meme that appears on TikTok. In these “viral” videos, various well-known and unknown characters are singing “Baka Mitai”, a Karioki song heard in some Yakuza video games.
These memes are relatively simple to make, and Kapwing, a San Francisco video editing start-up, has even created a step-by-step tutorial on how to make them. The method uses a target picture, a template video, two Tar files, and a Python script. The tutorial video was released less than a month ago and has nearly half a million hits.
Baka Mitai isn’t the only Deepfake song to pop up on TikTok. JVKE’s Upside Down and Millie B’s M to The B have both used this plug-and-play template to get their own memes.
“There’s a delicate line between using deepfakes for entertainment and memes and using them for injury,” says Grace Windheim, manager of Kapwing’s YouTube channel. “In this tutorial, I said, ‘This is how you make this special deepfake’. But the scary thing about this script is that it can be applied directly to making any type of deepfake you want. “