The hit or miss meme has been synonymous with the social media platform TikTok since it went viral in 2018. But what is the true origin of the song? Here’s everything you need to know about the viral diss song.
Mia Khalifa’s rise to fame
For those unfamiliar with Mia Khalifa, the Lebanese-American internet celebrity rose to fame during her stint as a pornographic film actress. She started working in the adult film industry in 2014 and by the end of the year she was the most searched actress on Pornhub.
One of the videos that went viral involved Khalifa wearing a hijab during sexual acts. This led to some controversy in the Middle East – to the extent that the artist actually received death threats. Naturally, the click got her more attention (thanks, Streisand Effect!) and searches for Khalifa increased fivefold.
After three months of working as an adult film actress, Khalifa decided to quit due to an increasing number of death threats. Now she’s focusing on being a social media personality — and even eschewing the role of sports commentator.
iLOVEFRiDAY has a beef with Mia Khalifa
iLOVEFRiDAY are an Atlanta duo consisting of rappers Smoke Hijabi and Xeno Carr. They released a music video for their song “Hate Me”, which featured Smoke Hijabi wearing a hijab and smoking a blunt. A screenshot of a fake tweet believed to be from Mia Khalifa was posted on Instagram.
The said screenshot criticized Smoke Hijabi’s use of the hijab while smoking a blunt. “She is so disrespectful to all Muslim women and gives us a bad image 🤦♀️🧕🏾💣.”
Smoke Hijabi took offense at the apparent hypocrisy of Mia Khalifa who criticized her after she appeared in an adult video while wearing a hijab. This led to the group releasing a diss song titled “Mia Khalifa”, in which the duo mocked the actress extensively.
A meme featuring the song was popularized by a user named Nyannyancosplay who posted the Clip on TikTok. The clip went viral and led to a viral trend where users take to public spaces to perform the #hitormisschallenge, in which they shout out the lyrics to the song “Mia Khalifa” to elicit a response from other people familiar with the trend.
The popularization of the song “Mia Khalifa” through TikTok was one of the most interesting examples of music artists gaining a fan base through meme culture. It can be argued that the success of “Mia Khalifa” opened the door for other artists like Lil Nas X to also find success through TikTok.
So while the whole feud between iLOVEFRiDAY and Mia Khalifa started because of a misunderstanding, its lasting effects can be seen today as many artists can now benefit from the viability of TikTok and other video social media as viral marketing platforms.