Shrek is love, Shrek is life refers to the popular green text stories that are predominantly describing sexual encounters with the fictional ogre Shrek.
The phrase developed to be a catchphrase associated with the meme of worshiping Shrek as a saint or a deity. Online, the meme has developped into a veritable cornerstone of internet culture, incidentally influencing pop culture as well.
The first recorded instance of “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” emerged on 4chan on January 14th, 2013 in a green text story about a child, who is fanatically worshipping Shrek and ends up having sexual intercourse with him.
Within a month, several readings of the original green text story would be uploaded to YouTube, which became viral online, starting an iconic series.
Over time, “Shrek is love, Shrek is life” would emerge in a variety of sources, appearing in numerous green text stories on 4chan as well as threads on Reddit and animations on YouTube.
But Wait, There’s More! The meme also turned into a viral catchphrase online, appearing in discussions, artwork, parodies, as well as posts about anything related to Shrek. These include fanfiction, pranks, or just tweets expressing appreciation toward our favorite ogre.