Sponge Man Ice Cone is a popular image macro series, depicting Patrick Star from SpongeBob Squarepants with an Asian man’s face replacing the original and Chinese characters overlapping his stomach.
The Chinese sentence on Patrick’s stomach reads something along the line of “You f*cking black ghost, this is my ice cream”, with “black ghost” being a Chinese derogatory slur, aimed toward people with darker complexions; the N-word of the East.
The image macro was first posted to 4chan by an anonymous user on December 12th, 2014.
It would be reposted on Imgur on March 15, 2015, by Imgur user ilovenapkins420.
The “Sponge Man Ice Cone” meme’s text was first translated online on Reddit’s r/translator sub.
The image macro’s popularity was largely boosted in 2019, when on February 8th, YouTube user CallMeCarson included it in his video titled “The Most Cursed Images 3.”
Within a few months, the meme had appeared on numerous sites, including Twitter and 9GAG.
Other videos would also be uploaded to YouTube, including Spicy Lice’s video uploaded on June 14th, 2021.
It features John Cena talk about an ice cream cone, with the “Sponge Man Ice Cone” image macro cut in every time he refers to the cone.