At first, it was just a trickle. Shortly after singer Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's thank-you speech at the Video Music Awards, a handful of Internet jokesters had posted video and photo parodies.
By late Tuesday, however, e-mail inboxes, blogs and Facebook feeds were inundated with half-baked Kanye spoofs.
No joke was left unturned. The singer was superimposed onto every famous image in history - from the Sistine Chapel ceiling to Dogs Playing Poker.
"OK, we get it already," said one exasperated Facebook user. "Kanye is the Forrest Gump or Zelig of interrupters. Haha. Now please stop."
Instead, despite pleas from Congress, the United Nations and Oprah, the trend is expanding exponentially.
Desperate for original material, Internet users are now adding Kanye interruptions to family photos, the Hindenburg disaster, even the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Not everyone seems to mind. In South Carolina, Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson welcomed the Kanye craze, saying it "got me off the hook, that's for sure."
Meanwhile, at the White House, President Obama convened an emergency cabinet meeting and... Yo, reader! This is Kanye here. I'm really happy for you getting this far in the article and I'mma let you finish, but National Lampoon is the best satire of all time! Of all time!
This article originally appeared at NotTheLATimes.com.
Copyright 2009 Roy Rivenburg.