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"It Was Me, Barry!," also known as Zoomposting, refers to a series of memes, including video edits and text posts, parodying a line of dialogue spoken to DC Comics superhero Flash by villain Zoom in the Flash: Rebirth comic series where Zoom reveals that he's the source of numerous bad things that have happened in Flash's life. The joke began on 4chan in 2010, rising in popularity over the next decade.

Origin

Between April 2009 and February 2010, DC Comics published a six-issue series of comics titled Flash: Rebirth. At one point in the story, Eobard Thawne, also known as Zoom or Reverse-Flash, reveals to Flash that he was responsible for just about every terrible thing that's ever happened to Flash throughout his life, including killing his mother (examples shown below, via Imgur).[1]


NNFF I OPENED THE DOOR, BARRY. I STARTED THE FIRE. OH, NO. I'M- I PUSHED YOU DOWN THE STAIRS. YOu.. YOU DID IT, DIDN'T YOU? "BUT WHEN YOOU WOW! NICE WORK, MOM! LOOKED BACK-- MON "--NO ONE WAS THERE." "SOMEONE PLISHED YOU DOWN THE STAIRS IN SCHOOL. OLICE WHEN IT COMES TO THIS LEMON, I'VE GOT THE MAGIC TOUCH. DO YOU REMEMBER THE ELECTRICAL FIRE THAT BURNED DOWN YOUR FIRST HOUSE IN FALLVILLE? OR THE DAY YOU MOVED TO CENTRAL CITY AND YOU LEFT THE BACK DOOR OPEN? YOUR DOG RAN OUT AND GOT HIT BY A CAR. YOU SON OF A BITCH, YES. WHAT IF EVERY BAD THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU WAS ORCHESTRATED BY ONE PERSON? BY AN ENEMY YOU HADN'T EVEN MADE YET? SHE FOUGHT. OH, HOW SHE FOUGHT. THAT'S WHAT'S DIFFERENT. THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN FEELING. YOU'RE LYING. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SPEED FORCE. IT'S ME, YOU LIVED A LIFE WHERE YOU WATCHED YOUR PARENTS GROW OLD TOGETHER. BUT THAT'S GONE NOW. BARRY. IT'S GONE FOREVER. I'VE LEARNED THROUGH EXPERIENCE, YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE PAST. BECAUSE YOu'VE TRIED, I KNOW YOU'VE TRIED, BUT THANKS TO MY SPEED FORCE, I CAN. I MURDERED YOUR MOTHER, BARRY BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT HAVEN'T CHANGED IN THIS NEW LIFE OF YOURS. SHUT UP! WHAT WAS IT YOU KEPT CHANTING TO YOURSELF? "AS LONG AS I REMEMBER IRIS, I'LL BE ALL RIGHT--" I'M GOING TO TAKE HER FROM YOu IN EVERY WAY, BARRY. BEFORE YOU TWO EVER MARRIED. BEFORE YOU EVEN DATED. SHE'S GOING TO DIE. IRIS. AND YOU'RE GOING TO FORGET HER.

On February 8th, 2010, an anonymous user of 4chan's /co/ board made a text post referencing and parodying the scene, offering the earliest known parody of it (shown below). The link to the post has since been lost.


□ Anonymous 02/08/10(Mon)21:31 No.14464425 THAT TIME WHEN YOU POOPED A LITTLE ON YOUR GIRLFRIEND'S COUCH? ME BARRY. ME HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

Posts parodying the scene grew in popularity over the following years, imagining a variety of negative things Zoom could have done to Flash. On June 27th, 2014, an anonymous user of 4chan's[2] /co/ board made a thread titled "Zoom is a dick," posting a parody of the line immediately and inspiring a number of other users to do the same. On December 6th, Redditor u/pump_dragon posted a screenshot consisting of various posts from the thread to /r/FlashTV,[3] garnering over 250 upvotes in six years (shown below).


File: professor-zoom-pushes-bar.Lipa (83 KB, 607x619) O Zoom is a D--- Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)00:22:50 No.63092845 >263093531 >63094125 >>63094234 >63094711 >You remember when you fell down those stairs? >IT WAS ME BARRY! ME! O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)01:27:14 No.63094363 ► DO YOU >>63094234 >You know how you wet the bed until you were 14? Ever wonder why your hand felt warm and wet too? REMEMBER THE ELECTRICAL FIRE THAT BURNED DOWN YOUR FIRST HOUSE IN FALLVILLE? OR THE DAY YOU MOVED TO CENTRAL CITY AND YOU LEFT THE BACK DOOR OPEN? YOUR DOG RAN OUT AND GOT HIT BY A CAR. IT WAS ME, BARRY! MEI! O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)01:28:27 No.63094385 z263094419 >>63094234 >you remember that time that giri was going down on you and she did that thing with her fingers and it made you wonder if you were gay for a while? >THAT WASNT HER, BARRY WHAT IF EVERY BAD THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOu WAS ORCHESTRATED BY ONE PERSON? O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)01:33:55 No.63094502 ► >You remember that time when you were drinking from a water fountain when you were 8 and it sprayed all over you and made it look like you peed your pants? >IT WAS ME, BARRY! MEI! O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)01:42:40 No.63094638 ► O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:25:02 No 63095277 >Do you remember when you almost finished your 4th grade spelling test, and your water bottle splashed all over it? >IT WAS ME, BARRY, MEI >You remember that time you were browsing the internet when your page suddenly turned to p--- just as your mom walked in? O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:28.03 No 63095325 263095467 >MEEEEEEE BARRY! >You remember the time that you tried to fart quietly and ended up s------- your pants in gym? >IT WAS ME BARRY I S--- YOUR PANTS. O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:16:58 No.63095160 >>63095173 >>63095467 >You remember that time in your junior year at that party where that girl you were hitting it off with went off to refill her drink and never came back and you found out later from a friend she ditched the party and f----- someone else? >>IT WAS ME, BARRY, ME! O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:48:37 No.63095643 263095922 O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:34:59 No.63095432 ► >>63095467 O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:55:08 No.63095757 > 263095784 >>63095922 >>63095467 >Do you remember when you were about to win the big race, when you tripped on a small bump? >I WAS THAT BUMP, BARRY! MEI! >Remember the time you ate that undercooked chicken and had the runs for an entire week? >I WAS THE CHICKEN, BARRY! IT WAS ME! >Remember when you were about to get with that girl in high school when her parents walked in? >I WAS THE PARENTS, BARRY! THEY WERE ME! O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:17.06 No.63096077 ► O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:12:02 No.63096021 ► >Remember the time you were about to finish that NES game but the power turned off at the final boss. >IT WAS ME, BARRYI MEII >Remember that time you found a letter in your locker from the most popular girl in school and when you asked her she humiliated you in front of the school? >I WAS THAT GIRL, BARRY! T WAS ME! O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:24:18 No.63096171 ► >Remember the time you were on a date and you went to sip from your drink and the straw wouldn't go in your mouth. O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:21:50 No.63096141 263096186 >IT WAS ME, BARRY! MEIL >REMEMBER THAT TIME YOU WERE ABOUT TO EAT A HOT SLICE OF PIZZA AND IT WENT COLD? SIT WAS ME BARRY I WAS THAT PIZZA O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:37:10 No.63096326 O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:25:41 No.63096186 ► >Remember when you were 5 and you were trying to blow bubbles but they kept popping on the wand >IT WAS ME, BARRY! ME! >>63096141 >And do you remember that time you bit into a slice of pizza that had been sitting there for a while yet you still burned your mouth? O Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)03:56:08 No.63096528 ► >THAT WAS ME TOO! >Remember when you went to the movies, and that popcorn kernel part was stuck in your teeth for weeks? >I MADE THAT POPCORN, BARRY! ME!

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On December 21st, 2014, Redditor u/dbasinge posted "IT WAS ME BARRY" to /r/FlashTV[4] along with a GIF of a man beating a dead horse labeled "IT WAS ME BARRY, I BEAT THE DEAD HORSE" implying the joke was dead, garnering over 600 upvotes in six years (shown below).


BRW.I B EAT THE DEAD HORSELI

On June 14th, 2020, Twitter[5] user @viewtifulval posted a video showing an image of Zoom from the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox along with a voice-over saying, "Remember when you were making out with your first girlfriend and you came right as she touched your leg? It was me, Barry. I jerked you off at super speed so it would seem like you nutted at just a woman's touch" (shown below). The post gained over 33,700 likes and 13,000 retweets in 10 months.



On June 17th, YouTuber[6] kingozebras posted a video syncing @viewtifulval's audio clip with a scene of Zoom speaking from Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, garnering over 1.2 million views in 10 months (shown below, left). On July 12th, YouTuber[7] Radical Larry uploaded a video reading a number of parodies of the phrase, garnering over 170,000 views in nine months (shown below, right).



On March 12th, 2021, Redditor u/lion_OBrian posted an image of Zoom to /r/TwoBestFriendsPlay[8] along with text claiming Zoom ended Super Best Friends Play, garnering over 1,900 upvotes in under a month (shown below).


It was me, Barry! I was the one who ended Super Best Friends Play so that you would have nothing to listen while studying and flunk your social sciences exam! I knew it would bum you out so much you'd mess up the entire essay part!

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