Oh, Weegee. You were my first true meme love. Originating on /v/, Weegee’s blank, vacant stare has been there, ready to make things awkward since 2007. The iconically and unintentionally terrifying Weegee sprite was first used in Mario is Missing, a reportedly terrible game that starred Luigi as the protagonist for the first time.
With the advent of the internet, this nearly forgotten Luigi incarnation was given new life by user MonkeyInCloset and has been applied liberally wherever awkwardness and general unease is called for. Despite his popularity on 4chan and in Youtube Poops, Weegee is an aquired taste IRL. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had friends sit and stare mildly at a Weegee image thread while I laugh so hard I end up making multiple trips for fresh panties.
Following an official endorsement by 4chan founder Moot and the widespread use of Weegee on /b/ and other 4chan boards, the meme is now considered by internet elitists (ahem… anonymous et al) to be dead. Weegee’s spirit lives on, however, in the hearts and minds of those who just… can’t… look away…
Allow me to play you out with some videos.