If you were online last week and following the Fortnite/dragonball crossover event, chances are you’ve run into someone who loses it during an apparent zoom mispronouncing Goku’s signature attack. “So we all know the Kameyamama is mastered,” creator Dagwummy said in his August 18 video. It spread like wildfire. Soon everyone from Ninja to the actual voice of Goku was speaking. Most then quickly moved on. If they hadn’t, they would have realized they had been trolled.
“I had noticed that a lot of other Fortnite the creators mispronounced the name,” dagwummy Told Kotaku in a telephone interview. “And so the night before I made this video, I was just thinking, if everyone says it wrong, it would be funny to add something to that at once because I knew some people would kind of take the bait and there would be funny comments. He was right.
The video ended up nailing this social media sweet spot to make angry people about someone getting it wrong in an extremely specific and corny way. Dagwummy also confessed to never watching any of the original anime.
He said he chose a “Yo Mama” pun because it was one he had used occasionally in the past, and despite recording several different takes with different ways of mispronouncing the phrase, he ended up sticking to this version. It apparently took him 20-30 minutes to nail the perfectly dry and direct intonation.
On the contrary, the fact that the pun is so cheesy and makes no sense helped make it even more believable as a genuine mistake. Anyone familiar with his channel would have heard him pronounce Kamehameha correctly the day before, but in the context-destroying world of the internet, it has become perfect bait. Especially since there is already a cultural subtext that young people play Fortnite have no idea where the trademark crossover characters they originally play come from.
Dagwummy, who has 630,000 subscribers on YouTube and nearly a million subscribers on Tiktok, has been making videos for years, focusing on short informational films that let people know what’s going on in Fortnite. According to him, the video started exploding on YouTube and TikTok shorts before reaching a whole new audience on Twitter. “I’m crying why he says kamehameha like that,” anime account JohnnySpitten wrote later that day in a tweet that garnered over a hundred thousand likes.
While some dragonball fans raged in TikTok duets, others just tried to add their own dunks. “The cum hey ha mama,” Ninja wrote. “Smh,” KSI replied. Even Goku’s English dubbed voice, Sean Schemmel, reacted by tweeting, “The ‘Kamiamama’ is Kami’s mom?”
On August 20, Dagwummy posted another video explaining how he managed to troll millions of people. This video ended up getting even more views than the original. He also maintained the schtick, calling Goku “Gaku” at the very end of the video. “I’m crying this Aizen level stuff here mf played tf out of me 😭😭,” replied the JohnnySpitten account.
Others in Dagwummy’s comments claim to be unconvinced. For his part, he says he didn’t expect he would get so much attention in the first place. “It wasn’t really, you know, meant to be an engagement forum,” he said. Of course, that didn’t stop him from trolling people with it again. another pronunciation error earlier this week.
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