Brian Peppers is a person whose photograph was turned into a meme in 2005, due to the disbelief of many that he can indeed be a real person.
The reason he was turned into a meme is because it is nearly impossible to believe that the photo is legitimate, as his facial features are extremely malformed, assumably because of Apert or Crouzon Syndrome he was suffering from.
“Brian Peppers” is a sex offender in the state of Ohio, and the photo was obtained from the Ohio Electronic sex offender Registry.
Because of his abnormal demeanor, the photo was initially assumed to be fake, before it was confirmed authentic by Ohio authorities.
The photo has since been used as a shitposting meme, often with a caption, or catchphrase “You gon get raped”.
The original photo, depicting “Brian Peppers” and his eery facial expression was taken by Ohio authorities in 2003.
According to Ohio’s Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN), Peppers was convicted of Gross Sexual Imposition, targeting a female child, rendering him a notorious sex offender.
It is unclear where the very first meme was posted, but the earliest known instance was on a 1UP forum board by member PaulGonza in 2005.
Someone else uploaded his image as their own on dating application Hot or Not around the same time.
The image started gaining traction online, following a post on LiveJournal, shared by user Brian-Peppers on March 24th, 2005.
“Brian Peppers” became a popular fad, and had his very own YTMND forum named “Brian No!”, created by shadow22 on March 26th, 2005.
The internet flourished with “Brian Peppers” meme pages in the first few years after his photograph went viral, and there’s even a “WE LOVE SEX OFFENDER BRIAN PEPPERS” community on LiveJournal.
However, after the truth about his offence and his unfortunate life story, many felt bad for him and removed their pages.
This was reinforced in 2012, when news of Peppers’ death, caused by damages of excessive drinking at the age of 43, spread on the web.
Following his demise, “Brian Peppers” would appear online in a much different tone, with articles and blog posts telling his story in a more serious manner.