Don’t Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again refers to a popular meme and catchphrase on the internet, usually paired with a photoshopped image of a fictional character and a miniature version of themselves.
It became highly popular following 2015, when father-son memes would grow in popularity on Twitter and Tumblr. Image macro memes, as well as YouTube parodies would then spread across the web, appearing in a variety of sites.
The first instance of the meme was uploaded to Tumblr by Splendidland on November 4th, 2014.
The image depicted Spike Spiegel, the protagonist of the anime series “Cowboy Bebop,” standing with a miniature version of himself, paired with the phrase “Don’t Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again”.
The meme wouldn’t get viral until August, 2015, when a picture was uploaded to Tumblr by konkeydongcountry, depicting a plush Yoshi alongside a miniature Yoshi amiibo, released to promote “Yoshi’s Woolly World”.
The trend would spread quick in late 2015, spreading the meme on to sites like Twitter and Reddit. The format visually resembles the 2019 Mini Keanu Reeves trend, and may be considered as a precursor meme to it, although there is no direct link between the two.
As of 2021, “Don’t Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again” remains a well-recognized meme, new variations of which still emerge on sites like Instagram, Reddit, Facebook and Twitter.
- New York Intelligencer – ‘Don’t Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again’: A Guide to a Great Meme
- Theawesomedaily.com – 29 Don’t Talk To Me Or My Son Ever Again Memes That Turn a Random Saying Into a Catch Phrase
- Dailydot.com – The Internet has one simple demand: ‘Don’t talk to me or my son ever again’