Lighten up, Francis refers to a memorable quote from the military comedy flick, Stripes, uttered by Sgt. Hulka.
Online, the expression is predominantly used in the form of reaction image macros and reaction GIFs, in a similar fashion to Daddy Chill.
The movie Stripes premiered in the United States on June 26th, 1981, featuring Bill Murray.
In one of the scenes, Francis “Psycho” Sawyer (played by Conrad Dunn) is addressing his squadron about how touching him and his belongings will result in the massacre of everyone.
Upon hearing this, the leader of the soldiers, Sgt. Hulka (portrayed by Warren Oates) to “Lighten up, Francis”.
The first isolated clip of the scene was uploaded to YouTube by darkchia00 on March 22nd, 2010.
Since then, numerous other videos were uploaded to the platform, containing longer or shorter segments of the dialogue.
For a short while in 2012, image macros were made from the scene, paired with the captions “Lighten up, Francis” used to others down online, however it is no longer in fashion.
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