Smash Mouth All Star video

Screengrab via SmashMouthVEVO/YouTube

You’ll never shine if you don’t glow.

Smash Mouth unknowingly retweeted a cartoon by an anime porn artist Thursday, and something tells us they regret the decision.

It started when the band noticed an innocent-seeming fan drawing that referenced their song “All Star” and embedded it into a tweet. In it, a girl holds “her finger and her thumb in the shape of an L on her forehead.”

“This is super cool!” the band tweeted. Seems normal enough.

Screengrab: Gizmodo

Evidently, though, someone should have taken a peek at the artist’s other tweets. If they did, they might have stumbled across the drawing of Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein as naked children smoking weed. Or noticed that his bio is, “Every hole’s a goal” and his timeline is loaded with Nazi imagery.

Gizmodo describes the cartoonist, whose handle is @Shadbase, as “an artist who’s best known for drawing lolicon (meaning prepubescent women in sexualized scenarios) versions of popular characters from video games and politics.” So definitely not the G-rated moment the band thought they were having.

After the retweet, other people did click through to @Shadbase’s tweets and apparently gave the band a heads-up. Smash Mouth sent a followup tweet explaining they’d “just checked out his other ‘work'” and then deleted their original tweet.

“He may have issues. lol,” they concluded, before also deleting that tweet.

You’d think that might be the end of the story, but no. Their new tweet’s most-liked reply is from @Shadbase himself—and it’s more lyrics from “All Star”:

https://twitter.com/Shadbase/status/878003733837172736

Seems like they’re still on good terms.

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.

Unclick
What Smash Mouth really thinks of all your ‘All Star’ memes
Well, the memes start coming and they don’t stop coming.
From Our VICE Partners