Dark Web: How Obunga Became One of the Internet’s Most Cursed Images
Dark Web is a new series exploring some of the weirder sides of internet culture. This week, we’re looking at the “cursed image” of Obunga…
In 2008, the image of Barack Obama became synonymous with hope and optimism thanks to the now iconic posters of American artist Shepard Fairey.
There, in bright colors, the vision of the young Democratic candidate was one of prosperity and optimism, signaling the beginning of a new era for American politics.
But just as no one could have predicted the direction that Donald Trump and the far right would take in the United States in the years following Obama’s two terms in office, no one could have predicted in 2008 that a distorted and doctored portrait of newcomers President Obama would become one of the most cursed images on the internet more than a decade later.
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This image, to the uninitiated, is known as Obunga, and it is downright terrifying.
You haven’t seen ‘Obunga’ yet? You won’t soon forget itTwitter
Like most memes, its origin remains a mystery.
There isn’t much information on when, why, or by whom it was created. But he would first have been designed to look like characters from the Terra Formars manga, and it first appeared on the 4chan /tv/ (television) set in the summer of 2013.
The bizarre nature of the images, horribly distorted from a photo of one of the most recognizable people on the planet, struck a chord with some people and it proliferated across the internet for several years.
It never became a widespread meme until it was covered in a PewDiePie video made in 2018, which racked up over 5.6 million views.
OBUNGA 💖ELAS 🆃🅷🅸🅲🅲💖 GIRL [MEME REVIEW] 👏 👏 #26www.youtube.com
The internet watched the hugely popular YouTuber discuss it, but it wasn’t until a few years later that the meme got a new lease of life as part of the NextBot Chase Garry’s Mod Game.
This is where the cursed image really came into its own. The game involves players running around a map followed by various things. There are videos of gamers being chased by everything from pictures of dogs to murderous versions of Elmo from Sesame Street.
It is and most tense of all are the clips on YouTube that feature Obunga chasing after petrified players, who never fail to raise the heartbeat.
Don’t believe us? Look at them.
Obunga is really awfulwww.youtube.com
He followed uswww.youtube.com
Obunga has also been integrated into the third person shooter Tower Battles: Battlefrontand we don’t think it will belong until this bizarre meme makes its mark in other corners of the internet soon.
Even after those games, there was still a tremendous amount of mysticism surrounding the meme, which adds to its terrifying nature. When it comes to cursed images on the web, however, they’ve been embraced far more by the gaming community than most.
Who knows where he will appear and terrify us all next.
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