How ‘Don’t Talk To Me Or My Son Ever Again’ Went Viral

Although the meme's origins lie in a Tumblr post, Vocativ analysis found the Twitter post that really got things started

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Mar 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM ET

There’s a new meme in town, and the premise is fairly simple. It involves a picture of a person (or sometimes a thing), standing along side a smaller version of themself. Accompanying the image is a caption that reads “don’t talk to me or my son ever again.” It is truly great. As New York Mag notes, its roots lie in a Tumblr post about the anime series Cowboy Bebop. Now the Twitter-obsessed segment of the world has taken notice, and in the last week, started to run wild with this meme.

Vocativ analyzed social media around the meme to find that this the tweet that started the meme’s transformation from tumblr curiosity to viral sensation in 140-character form:

Since the tweet was posted on November 29–364 days after the patient zero tumblr post–there have been 47,727 uses of the joke on Twitter. And for your benefit, we’ve gathered the most shining examples from this outburst:

By the way, did you know that this is what David Letterman looks like now?

RIP Rob Ford