Imma Firin Mah Lazer, also referred to as Shoop Da Whoop is a series of image macro, depicting an MS Paint blackface edit of the “Dragon Ball Z” character, Cell, shooting a stream of laser.
Online, the meme is a popular ironic reaction meme, endorsed by dwellers of the web for its edgy racism and offensive senslessness.
The image macro originates from the “Dragon Ball Z” episode, “Hour of Temptation” which first aired in Japan in 1992.
The episode contains a scene where Cell encounters Vegeta and they engage in a fight, with Cell releasing a scream right before the battle commences.
While the first instance of the meme is unknown, it is widely agreed that it was first posted on 4chan’s /b board during the 2000’s.
An early example of “Imma Firin Mah Lazer” was uploaded to DeviantArt in 2006, with the captions displaying the phrase, playing on the stereotype of African American Vernacular English.
Over the years, “Imma Firin Mah Lazer” has appeared in various sources, both as an image macro on meme sites, as well as parody videos on platforms like YouTube.
“Imma Firin Mah Lazer” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2007.
It remained popular in the following years, even in the early 2010s, appearing on forums, message boards and meme sites, like 4chan, Reddit and iFunny.
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