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Emotional Damage Meme – What's Behind The Surge In Popularity?

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Emotional Damage refers to a video of YouTuber and comedian Steven He frustratedly tossing a sneaker and yelling "emotional damage!" with a strong Asian accent.

Shortly after being posted in September 2021, the clip became a popular response to the video depicting someone being owned or emotionally wounded, both sarcastically and unironically.

Emotional Damage Meme

The website "The Teal Mango" dug out the meme's roots, explaining that the popular video was taken from one of He's YouTube films, "When 'Asian' is a Difficulty Mode."

That is, in essence, what the meme is.

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It begins with a random humorous yet witty video and concludes with an Asian man stating "Emotional Damage" in a strange but somewhat entertaining tone.

As of this writing, the original video has around 12 million views since it was initially released in September.

Around the 1:07 mark, the now-famous sound byte appears.

The now popular meme is being utilized in videos and chats by producers across social media.

When "Asian" Is a Difficulty Mode

Who Says Emotional Damage

Creators of a famous TikTok meme put together films that include footage of Chinese Irish comedian and actor Steve He shouting "emotional harm!"

The website "The Teal Mango" dug out the meme's roots, explaining that the popular video was taken from one of He's YouTube films, "When 'Asian' is a Difficulty Mode."

As of this writing, the original video has around 12 million views since it was initially released in September. Around the 1:07 mark, the now-famous sound byte appears.

In the video, the comedian imagines a video game with a difficulty level above Easy, Medium, and Hard: "Asian."

While playing in "Asian" mode, the player confronts a "Level 1,500,000 Boss Aunty," who says, "Steven, when did you grow so fat?"

The character dies as a result of "emotional harm."

On TikTok, the fad has taken on new life, thanks primarily to the account @emotional damage, which publishes footage of individuals being roasted and stitches them together with He's now-famous "emotional damage" remark.

More than 550,000 people follow the account.

He previously participated in Awkwafina's Comedy Central comedy "Nora from Queens" and film and theatre projects in the United Kingdom and China.

He has almost 2 million YouTube followers.

Meme Spreading

  • On December 20, 2021, @liamkearney263 uploaded a video of Billie Eilish talking about how if you give an ugly person a chance, he "thinks he runs the world," followed by a youngster calling her out for using autotune, then the footage of He shouting "emotional harm," receiving over 13 million views in four weeks (shown below). This is the first known response footage.
  • TikToker[4][5] @emotional..damage, a response clip account, released their debut video on December 22nd, adding it to a Siri roast war, earning over 180,000 views in four weeks (shown below, left). The following day, a video of a Disney World actor portraying Gaston calling a lady ugly gained over 25 million views (pictured below, right).
  • @emotional damage and @emotional..damage launched on December 25, gaining 905,000 and 130,000 followers in a month. @emotional damage[6] submitted a meme on December 28 that garnered 18.7 million views in a month (shown below).
  • A captioned snapshot of the moment became popular in picture macros in January 2022. Instagram user dank memes repurposed the picture as a meme on January 12, 2022, getting 1,900 likes in six days (shown below, left). On January 13, Instagram user notshrmapproved uploaded a GIF meme utilizing the picture, receiving over 50,000 views and 2,200 likes in five days (shown below, right).
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  • Steven released a new comedic sketch on January 17, 2022, portraying the same role in "emotional damage" and repeated the phrase multiple times to educate viewers about emotional damage. It gained over 833,000 views in under a day.

Conclusion

The clip became extremely popular on TikTok, as people attached it to the conclusion of video recordings in which one of the characters may have suffered emotional damage.

People Also Ask

What Is Emotional Damage?

Emotional injuries may be the mental consequences of physical wounds, such as a brain trauma that causes forgetting, insecurities induced by lasting scars, or bodily responses generated by emotionally charged events.

What Is Emotional Damage Meme From?

The website "The Teal Mango" dug out the meme's roots, explaining that the popular video was taken from one of his YouTube films, "When 'Asian' is a Difficulty Mode."

As of this writing, the original video has around 12 million views since it was initially released in September.

Who Is The Guy Saying Emotional Damage?

Steven He, an Irish-Chinese YouTuber, and comedian, is the man behind this newest internet trend.

Steven He on YouTube Comedian Steven He has over 2.4 million YouTube followers.

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