A while ago, a young man named Jack Weppler broke up with his girlfriend. Sad day for love, but what happened next made Internet news: his ex promptly spammed his Google image results with a ton of mocking Lolcat-style images.
She did this by taking a (amusingly cheesy) photo of Weppler and running it through Memegenerator.net in order to create a flurry of rude images, all of which she uploaded to the web. The pictures were mostly deleted, but because of the way Google's cache works, many are still accessible on image search. A Google image search for his name returns that professionally-taken headshot, adorned with phrases like, "To be or not to be? LOLJK I can't read." and "V-necks. Mom jeans."
Then Weppler's fate was sealed as either a hapless victim or a target worthy of being snickered at, depending on how you look at it—because his mom wrote to Google's help forum to beg for assistance on his behalf:
"My minor son's ex-girlfriend took a copyrighted picture of him (we own copyright) and uploaded it more than 60 times to a website. On each image she wrote slanderous, defamatory and pornographic captions. The webmaster of the site states he removed the images 6 weeks ago, but Google Search still shows all the images. My son is so stressed out and embarrassed and we've done everything we can to get images off of Google."
Some of the images have homophobic and otherwise offensive phrases, but it's impossible to know at this point which graphics were originally created by the ex and which were designed by subsequent meme-jumping trolls.
Without knowing anything more about the story, I'm inclined to send a golf clap in the mystery ex's direction. Yes, it was immature and obnoxious, and possibly entirely undeserved—but points for creativity, girl.
What's your take on this Google-spam revenge? Cruel cyber bullying, or all's fair in love and war?
Image via Memegenerator.net