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Guido Jesus is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a tanned man with long flowing black hair and chin-strap facial hair taken with his cellphone in a mirror. The captions typically begin with a biblical allusion to the Miracles of Jesus, followed by an irreverent statement portraying the subject as a Jersey Shore-style stereotype.
The original photo was posted to the Dutch message board FOK! in July 2007 after one of the users had been contacted by the man through a social networking site under his pseudonym “Ansswa.” Many people on the forum began sharing his photos and editing them to poke fun at him. The following month, another user had received a message from him as well. On November 17th, 2008, another thread was posted revealing “Ansswa” was a nickname for Mehmet Ordu, a Turkish pimp who had just been arrested with his partner Murat for running a prostitution ring.
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Captioned photos of Christian imagery have appeared as early as 2005 with LOL Jesus, which uses a variety of different photos with generally humorous captions. Within LOL Jesus, there is Gamer Jesus (below left), with captions relating to video games, Hipster Jesus (below center), which is often seen with a pair of photoshopped hipster glasses, and Story Time Jesus (below right), who represents a Bro stereotype.
A cropped and lightened version of the original photo was first shared on the Tumblr blog A Picture Is Worth 1000 LOLz on July 24th, 2008. This version also surfaced on men’s humor blog Caveman Circus in May 2010 and Tumblr blog Get Out of the Mirror in June 2011 before it was shared on Reddit four days later. On July 11th, 2011, the first captioned instance was submitted to the Advice Animals subreddit, with a caption about turning water into tequila instead of wine.
The following day, collections were posted to the Body Building Forums and Slacktory. That month, Guido Jesus also appeared on Smosh, Uproxx, and Funny or Die. In September, a collection was featured on Buzzfeed. As of June 2012, the Quickmeme page has 1049 submissions, 140 instances have been shared on Reddit and a Facebook fan page for the series has 338 likes.
Searches for the term “Guido Jesus” had a brief bump in October 2009 that may have been unrelated to the image, but began rising dramatically in July of 2011 after being posted to Reddit.
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