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Meme history: Jeff Goldblum Is Watching You Poop

In the pre-Facebook era, one meme ruled because it was physically reposted on actual walls


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 19, 2013   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 12:20 am CDT

Years ago, Jeff Goldblum had a vested interest in your bowel movements.

Before memes became ubiquitous in the mid-2000s, they were simply nondescript or nonsensical images and unsourced video clips, spread out on various community websites.

Memes would circulate, but without the social-sharing power of Facebook and Reddit, their subjects never became megastars

Pre-Facebook, this meme ruled because it was posted and reposted on actual walls.

Its success required a dedicated real-life effort, printer ink, tape, and thousands of public restrooms.

This is Jeff Goldblum Is Watching You Poop.

Capturing a still from Goldblum’s 1986 film The Fly, Jeff Goldblum Is Watching You Poop dates back to a 2002 Geocities page, according to Know Your Meme. While it seems inspired, it actually predates Ceiling Cat Is Watching You Masturbate.

At the time, the meme didn’t make much sense: Back in 2002, before mobile phones made toilet browsing a necessity, computers seldom entered the bathroom. But the image macro was printed out and hung in restrooms everywhere. 

I personally have one in my own bathroom, perfectly eye-level with anyone who sits down on the toilet. No, really:

As Goldblum’s fascination with your poo became widely circulated, it of course spawned spinoff images. The most well-known of these was Christopher Walken Is Watching You Pee:

While Goldblum and Walken reigned supreme among the actors witnessing the production of excrement, many others temporarily joined their ranks.

Photos via christopherwalkeniswatchingyoupee, quickmeme,, memegenerator,

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*First Published: Feb 19, 2013, 1:00 pm CST