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Um, Light, That's Not How It Works

Added • Updated 28 days ago

Added by Philipp • Updated 28 days ago by Zach
Added by Philipp • Updated 28 days ago by Zach

Um Light That's Not How It Works meme from death note.

About

Um, Light, That's Not How It Works, also known as Racist Light Yagami, refers to a series of memes parodying a scene in the Death Note anime series in which the character Light Yagami writes down names of criminals, sentencing them to death. The format imagines Light to be racist or hateful towards certain groups and attempting to kill off entire country populations by writing them down in the notebook and Ryuk trying to tell him that the Death Note doesn't work this way.

Origin

On October 4th, 2006, episode one "Rebirth" of the anime series Death Note premiered in Japan.[1] In one scene of the episode, Light Yagami writes down the names of criminals in the Death Note, sentencing them to death by heart attack (scene shown below).



On May 18th, 2023, X[2] / Twitter user @einsatzgroypen posted images of Light Yagami writing in the book and Shinigami Ryuk captioned with a humorous dialogue about Light, apparently racist, attempting to write down names of entire countries in the book to kill off their entire population, and Ryuk trying to tell him that this is not how the book works (original post no longer available, repost shown below).


Einsatzgröypen @einsatzgroypen "AFRICA!" "Um, Light, that's not how it works." "MEXICO!" 2:12 AM 18 May 23 :

Spread

In May and June 2023, the post saw viral spread through reposts. For example, on June 7th, 2023, iFunny[3] user CaptainGadget posted a screenshot of a repost by user HakkiTheDeaf together with several comments building upon the joke. The post (shown below) received over 180 smiles in eight months.


"AFRICA!" "Um, Light, that's not how it works." "MEXICO!" 116 comments "ISRAEL" "Alright I'll allow that one" BigCheeseBall 5h 1.7K 10 "Light... Light stop writing "The Jews" over and over... i told you it doesn't f------ work like tha-LIGHT!" TheLongestManJenkins 2h Ś

The format saw moderate spread through 2023, primarily on X / Twitter. For example, on August 6th, 2023, X[4] user @IslandGoSAMe posted a meme that received over 20 reposts and 290 likes in six months (shown below, left). On January 29th, 2024, X[5] user @IronicallyinEur posted a version that garnered over 70 reposts and 1,100 likes in three weeks (shown below, right).


Sam MAGIC FEST CHIGAGO!!! SOON @IslandGoSAMe "NYKTHOS" "um, Light, thats not how it works" "THOSE LITTLE F----- ELVES" 9:32 AM - Aug 6, 2023 18.7K Views Living Ironically in Europe @IronicallyinEur "ALBANIA" "Uh... Light that's not how it works" "SERBIA" 4:31 PM Jan 29, 2024 30.7K Views :

The format experienced a surge in popularity in late January and early February 2024.

Various Examples


Hecarim @HecarimIRL "LEAGUE PLAYERS" "Uh, Light? That's not how the notebook works-" "VALORANT PLAYERS" 6:51 PM . Jan 29, 2024 149.2K Views hairyniggaballs270 @Lallanagaming "SAUDI ARABIA" "ISRAEL" "Uh... Seyed Ali that's not how it works" "AMERICA" 5:08 PM Jan 29, 2024 3,219 Views . : Towarzysz Patryk @Patryk87837486 "GERMANY!" "CZECHOSLOVAKIA!" "Um, Marshal Piłsudski, that's not how it works" "THE SOVIET UNION!" 4:52 PM Feb 10, 2024 2,609 Views ...
QUnéèr @Draw2uLose "KANSAS CITY" "erm light thats not how it works" "SAN FRANCISCO" 7:56 PM. Feb 11, 2024 770 Views . ... "DJENT!" "Um, Light, that's not how it works." "MATH ROCK! "USA" "China" "Um, Light, that's not how it works" "Government of the Philippines" DOPAMEME APP

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