I Quickly Became Homophobic
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I Quickly Became Homophobic is a catchphrase referring to a viral video where YouTuber Karim Jovian describes how he became homophobic due to being surrounded by homophobia in his everyday life and how he learned to accept the LGBTQ+ community after befriending gay people in college. The video was posted in 2016 and became the subject of memes over the following year, specifically a moment when he says, "I quickly became homophobic. Hating on gay people became a part of my lifestyle," inspiring ironic animations and memes using the audio clip.
On August 30th, 2016, YouTuber storybooth posted a video where YouTuber Karim Jovian tells a story about being homophobic in high school as a result of everyone around him also being homophobic. At the start of the video, he says, "Being exposed to all of the hate towards the gay community, I quickly became homophobic. Hating on gay people became part of my lifestyle." He then goes on to explain how he overcame his homophobia when he went to college and started befriending gay people and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The video (shown below) gained over 7.9 million views in seven years.
The video and line of dialogue became the subject of memes over the following years. On February 16th, 2021, YouTuber notsql posted an edit of a scene in the video, garnering over 800,000 views in two years (shown below, left). On November 23rd, YouTuber shandzii posted an original Arcane animation using the line of dialogue, garnering over 2.6 million views in two years (shown below, right). On October 21st, 2022, YouTuber Dann posted a similar animation, garnering over 17,000 views in six months,
On November 1st, TikToker @dummy_dump_truck posted a wenomechainasama style meme using the audio clip, garnering over 41,000 views in five months (shown below, left). On March 23rd, 2023, TikToker @ryurinsolos posted a similar meme, garnering over 80,000 views in a month (shown below, right).
@dummy_dump_truck homodinger #jayvik #arcane #arcaneviktor #arcanejayce #arcaneheimerdinger ♬ Let You Break My Heart Again – Laufey & Philharmonia Orchestra
@ryurinsolos rin is so done with whatever these two have going on 😦 #ryusae #itoshirin #itoshisae #shidouryusei #bluelock #fyp ♬ original sound – ryurin solos
On April 2nd, YouTuber Nobody Real posted a video editing the audio clip under the homophobic Ruby scene from RWBY, garnering over 42,000 views in two weeks (shown below).
 YouTube – storybooth
 TikTok – dummy_dump_truck
 TikTok – ryurinsolos
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