good evening everyone, it’s just me, your good pal “splendidland”. you might know me because of the artwork i post sometimes, or maybe you stumbled across my web presence because of my hit 2012 RPG game “megaman sprite game”.
i’ve also made a handful of popular posts on here, such as “mickey’s dick smasher”, “tough boy”, and “that comic where wario tries to convince mario to say the dreaded fuck word”, which is a comic based on my sincere feelings and experiences around the subject of swearing; there really was a time where i was asked to say fuck by a classmate, but i refused and said “duck” instead. sonic in the comic represented my fear as a kid that if i ever swore, my mother would find out about it somehow.
despite this story being channeled through Video Game characters, this was actually a pretty personal comic, so it was suprising to me that it became so popular, spawning a lot of redraws of the comic where Mario and Wario are swapped out for the users favourite anime characters or whatever, as well as a pretty funny voice acted version of it.
a lot of people connected with it in some way, either just finding the scenario humourous, or actually responding to it and telling about their own experiences with the subject at hand, and i truly think that it’s a beautiful and positive thing, but it’s also left me feeling quite vulnerable, how this silly ms paint drawing I made to vent my personal feelings has spread much further than I ever imagined.
out of all the ones i made, i’m not completely sure why this phrase is the one that became a beloved meme, but i think it’s because of the juxtaposition of how needlessly aggressive the phrase is for a concept as ridiculous as a character standing next to a smaller, identical clone. (here’s some meme trivia for you, spike spiegels son in the image is named “tyke spiegel”.)
watching this meme grow has been a pretty disconnecting experience, mostly on account of the fact that i don’t really think i did anything myself to help it become viral, as all i did is create a phrase that people associate with something that was already funny. what really made this meme spread was the creativity and keen eyes of people on the internette. even feeling as detached from it as i do, knowing that i was the one who created that phrase does leave me feeling weird motherly feelings towards it, which is why i feel a level of personal shame when people make racist or antisemetic versions of the meme, or upload obnoxious review videos of it with stressful and irritating sound effects and uncouth commentary.
it’s not the first time this has happened to me in regards to something i made going horribly awry and out of my control. when i was around 14 or 15, i created a small flash animation called “frog squisher”; a ghastly interactive piece of media in which you press a button to make a hammer kill a cartoon frog. despite killing a frog being one of the single most despicable acts a human could ever commit, i was proud of this due to being a dipshit teenager, and saw fit to send it to everyone in my school using the “all students” email address that i had recently discovered.
only problem was, my school had never intended for anyone other than teachers to use this function, and for some reason, anyone who recieved FrogSquisher.swf was unable to remove it from their inbox, and in fact, attempting to delete it would make it duplicate. none of this went down especially well with anyone, but walking around the campus, i recall 2 occasions in which i walked past people saying things along the lines of “i wish i could remove that fucking frog game from my inbox”.
while “Don’t Talk To Me Or My Son” has definitely travelled to some shady places Online that i’d have very much preferred it not to, seeing it acknowledged by various corporate branded twitter accounts is weirdly validating to me in a very shallow way. as small as it is, it’s a way in which i have genuinely made some kind of mark on the world, even if all that amounts to is adding another meme into some eternal digital rolodex and will eventually become replaced by some newer, better meme, which i hope will be more wholesome and encourage eating healthy fruit and vegetables.