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Talking Ben the Dog is a Talking Tom and Friends application where users interact with and talk to a talking dog named Ben, who is described as a retired chemistry professor who likes reading newspapers. Users can ask Ben questions by interacting with a rotary phone next to the character, receiving often snarky answers and sometimes getting hung up on. The application saw a boost in popularity in February 2022 when streamer iShowSpeed started playing the game on YouTube.
The Talking Ben the Dog app was released on Android and iOS devices on April 29th, 2011. On March 6th, 2014, the Talking Tom and Friends YouTube channel posted a gameplay trailer showcasing the app, gaining over 16.7 million views in eight years (shown below).
YouTube streamer and creator iShowSpeed regularly plays with the Talking Tom and Friends applications on stream and in videos, including Talking Ben. In the videos, iShowSpeed tries to get Ben to respond in a funny way to controversial questions and topics (examples shown below, left and right).
On February 11th, Twitter user @ishowspeedoocc posted a clip from Speed's stream where Ben hangs the phone up on him after asking if he supports LGBTQ+, gaining over 51,000 likes and 9,000 retweets in a week. iShowSpeed uploaded a video to YouTube containing this clip on February 17th, gaining over 200,000 views in a day (shown below).
On February 18th, Talking Ben the Dog reached number one on the App Store after iShowSpeed played the game on his stream (shown below).
Talking Ben "HoHoHo No" TikTok Sound
On February 14th, 2022, TikToker @usernameazure posted a video where Talking Ben reacts to a young man thirst trapping, saying, "hohoho no," gaining over 3.3 million views in four days. He reposted the video the next day as an original sound, gaining over 1.6 million views in three days (shown below).
The video's original sound became notably popular over the following days in lip dub skits where users refuse to do something or use the voice to answer "no" to a question, inspiring over 26,000 videos in under a week. For example, on February 16th, TikTokers @levigarciaa and @masonhasnoidea posted videos using the sound, gaining over 1.5 million and 3.8 million views in two days respectively (shown below, left and right).