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Wazzup

Newgrounds was forced to declare a state of emergency as a result of the rapidly spread Wazzup virus.

The entire Wazzup phenomenon was harmless at first - it began with a delightful Budweiser commercial played during the Superbowl. In this television advertisement, Philadelphia residents were seen yelling "Wazzup" at each other from across the room, over the phone, and even via intercom. It wasn't until the phenomenon mutated to viral parody form that it became so devistating. While Newgrounds was immune to the infectious "Superfriends Wazzup" video, a new strain of Flash Wazzup parodies entered through the Portal and spread across the entire site at an unprecedented rate.

The first of the Flash Wazzup parodies was the infamous "Elian Wazzup", by Sean Bonner and Chris Lathrop. Tom Fulp invited the virus into Newgrounds when he emailed Sean Bonner and exclaimed, "Dude, you gotta upload this to Newgrounds!" No one could ever have guessed what would happen next.

  • Elian - Wazzup!!!
    Elian - Wazzup!!! by seanbonner

    The original that started the fad!

    Score
    3.54 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    454,383 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

The Portal was not programmed to log visitors during the peak of Elian Wazzup traffic, but Tom estimates that "a whole shitload" of people saw the movie. The concept was funny and fresh at the time, so the parody quickly climbed to the top of the Portal charts. Not even legal threats from the Associated Press could stop it! Everyone thought we had a new classic on our hands - a movie that would remain a favorite for years to come.

Then came the other Wazzup parodies...

  • AIM Wazzup
    AIM Wazzup by Fieldmarshall

    Creative twist, I guess!

    Score
    2.60 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    124,035 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Final Fantasy 8 Wassap!
    Final Fantasy 8 Wassap! by Dom-Price

    This one got a nice bit of attention from the Final Fantasy fan sites!

    Score
    3.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    489,912 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Quake III Wazzup?!?
    Quake III Wazzup?!? by Dark-Nova

    A nicely done parody featuring characters from Quake! Is that the guy from Doom in there?!

    Score
    3.46 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    107,808 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Wazzup, Dog?
    Wazzup, Dog? by wavion

    Wazzup, with dogs.

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    7,291 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Tardz Wazzup
    Tardz Wazzup by romper

    Funny parody from The Romp!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    144,436 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

The Portal soon became infected with countless Wazzup parodies. Political figures, video games, MTV VJs, cartoons - nothing was safe. The viral act of sending Elian Wazzup to friends mutated into a trend of users attempting their own Wazzup parodies. Everyone and their cat was trying to cash in on the popularity of Wazzup parodies, and as a result they dilluted the brand, or "turned it to shit", as many users said.

  • Clerks Whassup?
    Clerks Whassup? by the-k-man

    Kevin Smith fans will enjoy this one!

    Score
    2.89 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    50,601 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • All Your Wazzup
    All Your Wazzup by Mushroom-Clock

    It's All Your Base and Whazzup combined for the first time ever into one super parody!

    Score
    3.98 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    102,350 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Conan O'Brien Wazzup?
    Conan O'Brien Wazzup? by Assmasterq

    All I gots to say is that there is an appearence by Pimpbot. That's all that matters!

    Score
    2.41 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    39,340 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Wassup - Election 2000
    Wassup - Election 2000 by chef

    ...and another....

    Score
    3.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    71,015 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • George W. Bush Wazzup
    George W. Bush Wazzup by IanthePez

    ...yet another...

    Score
    2.80 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    92,209 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • MJ + Elian = Wazzup
    MJ + Elian = Wazzup by Wolvie

    The bottom of the barrel has officially been scraped.

    Score
    3.66 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    53,450 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • MTV Whassup!?
    MTV Whassup!? by JeffreyAtW

    Watch those annoyingly stupid MTV personalities go "wazzup!"

    Score
    2.47 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    65,121 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Neon Genesis Wazzup!
    Neon Genesis Wazzup! by Rhete

    Gotta love the anime wazzups!

    Score
    2.76 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    91,367 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Wazzup
    Wazzup by TML

    You know the drill!

    Score
    2.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    97,407 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Slipknot Wazzup
    Slipknot Wazzup by stupudkid

    Slipknot gets down with the Wazzup craze!

    Score
    1.68 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    334,764 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

Fortunately, clever authors began making "anti-Wazzup" spoofs. Two favorites include Dragon Ball Z Wazzup and Snookie Knows Wazzup. These cartoons provided laughs at a time when Wazzup wasn't funny, and they helped build negative sentiment towards the creators of generic Wazzup parodies. This flow of negative sentiment managed to kill the virus, as people stopped sending Wazzup parodies to their friends, and stopped clicking on any link with the word "Wazzup" in the title.

  • Dragon Ball waZzup
    Dragon Ball waZzup by Septimus

    People really love this one... I'm sure you will too!

    Score
    3.70 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,451,435 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Snookie Knows Whassup!!!
    Snookie Knows Whassup!!! by BA-MF

    Everyone's favorite pimp (next to Tyrone, of course!) gives the beatdown to the Wazzup crew. They're from Philly!

    Score
    3.66 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    177,187 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • I hate Whazzup!!!
    I hate Whazzup!!! by Natedogg187

    I greatly enjoy this underappreciated submission.

    Score
    2.42 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    49,277 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Wazzup Annihilation
    Wazzup Annihilation by bronson

    Fly a bomber over the Wazzup crew, dropping bombs all the way!

    Score
    2.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    40,324 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • GIFT FOR ALL WAZZUP FANS
    GIFT FOR ALL WAZZUP FANS by PirataCobra

    Short and sweet.

    Score
    1.06 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    54,220 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

Newgrounds enjoyed a complete recovering, containing the virus in this collection page. Users soon went back to their regular jobs, making the stick cartoons that Newgrounds is known so well for.

  • MLP Budweiser Commercial
    MLP Budweiser Commercial by Dalailama

    Sit back, relax and drink a Bud with your fellow ponies and friends!

    Score
    2.93 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    4,467 Views
    Rated
    Everyone