The Insulting ‘Mocking SpongeBob’ Meme Is Taking Over The Internet

SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999. Rugrats was still on the air at the time, as was Kenan & Kel, The Angry Beavers, and The Wild Thornberrys. Stephen Hillenburg’s animated series about a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea bridged the gap between Millennials and Generation Z, and made Nick billions of dollars in the process. SpongeBob has also spawned two feature-length films, multiple video games, a half-dozen albums, and, most importantly, numerous memes.

“We Should Take Bikini Bottom and Push It Somewhere Else,” “Surprised Patrick,” “Caveman SpongeBob,” and “Confused Mr. Krabs” are all widely-used classics that aren’t going anywhere, but there’s a new SpongeBob meme that’s taking over Twitter. “Mocking SpongeBob” comes from the season nine episode “Little Yellow Book,” and according to Know Your Meme, it’s used to “indicate a mocking tone towards an opinion or point of view.”

The meme originated earlier this month, when Twitter user @OGBEARD posted a screenshot of SpongeBob acting like a chicken with the caption, “How i stare back at little kids when they stare for too long.” The next day, @lexysaeyang used the same image, along with a picture of a disgruntled-looking bird, and tweaked the format: it became a call-and-response.

@DaniLevyyy finally perfected the meme by ditching the non-SpongeBob image, but keeping the irregular upper-/lowercase spacing.

And thus, a viral sensation was born.

(Via Know Your Meme)