What Are You Gonna Do, Stab Me?

What Are You Gonna Do, Stab Me?

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What Are You Gonna Do, Stab Me? or Quote From Man Stabbed refers to a screenshot of a newscast by station KHQ about a man who got stabbed, showing a quote from the victim spoken right before the stabbing, saying, "what are you gonna do, stab me?" The image first started circulating online in mid-2012 and is paired with reaction images that highlight the quote's absurdity. The image's exact origin was unknown until a 2023 BNet story was published where the author reached out to a KHQ reporter, who offered a transcript of the report. The video of the news report has not been recovered.

Origin

On June 17th, 2012, an Imgur[2] user posted a screenshot from a KHQ newscast offering a "quote from man stabbed," the quote reading, "what are you gonna do, stab me?" gaining over 551,000 views and 1,200 upvotes in nine years (shown below).


Quote From Man Stabbed www.khq.com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" KH HR11:01 67

According to a 2023 BNet[1] blog post exploring the image's origins, websites including Cracked[3] have speculated that the image is in relation to a July 2012 stabbing in East Spokane that KHQ[4] reported on, although this is incorrect. The author reached out to Cory Howard, the reporter who wrote the story, who confirmed that this was not where the image came from. Howard wrote: "From what I can gather, the stabbing actually happened on September 23, 2011, in west Spokane, though it doesn't appear we have any archived articles on it." He then offered the author two transcripts from the original news report revealing the date of the stabbing, location, and names of those involved (shown below, left and right). The video of the report has not been recovered.


[ReadRate:14] { ***ON CAM*** } [ReadRate:14] WE HAVE AN UPDATE FOR YOU TONIGHT ON A STORY WE BROUGT TO YOU LAST NIGHT... ABOUT AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN ROOMATES TONIGHT LED TO ONE OF THEM BEING STABBED IN THE NECK. TONIGHT WE LEARNED FROM THE MAN WHO WAS STABBED, TIMOTHY JOHNSON... THAT THE ARGUMENT WAS ACTUALLY BETWEEN HIM AND HIS WIFE.. THAT'S WHEN JOHNSON'S ROOMATE CAME IN ARMED WITH A KNIFE... [TAKE: CG FULL PAGE] { ***CG FULL AΤ ΤHΙS POIN , JOHNSON SAID HE LOOKED AT HIS ROOMATE AND SAID QUOTE, "WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO, STAB ME?" [ΤΑΚE Vο] JOHNSON WAS THEN STABBED AND THEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL SOON THEREAFTER.. THE SUSPECT, WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED IN THE SPOKANE COUNTY JAIL ON FIRST DEGREE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSAULT...

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One of the earliest memes to use the image is an image macro posted to Meme Center[5] in 2012. The image received viral spread through reposts. For example, on July 23rd, 2014, Instagram[8] page fuckjerry posted the image, gaining over 18,200 likes in eight years.

On November 9th, 2018, Redditor Shynai posted a version of the meme using Surprised Pikachu as a reaction to /r/memes,[6] gaining over 2,500 upvotes in three years (shown below, left). On November 19th, Redditor xX_macksjuicebox_Xx posted a meme to /r/HistoryMemes[7] likening the image to the story of Julius Caesar, gaining over 2,100 upvotes in a similar span of time (shown below, right).


Quote From Man Stabbed www.khq.com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" HD 11:01 67- Julius Caesar (circa March 15, 44 B.C.) Quote From Man Stabbed www.khq.com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" HD 11:01 67

On December 17th, 2023, Instagram[9] user memelord posted a Yes Chad meme using the image, gaining over 49,000 likes in just over a year (shown below).


Quote From Man Stabbed www.khq.com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" What are you Yes gonna do? Stab me?


Various Examples


Quote From Man Stabbed www.khq.com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" KH HD 11:01 67 Verypoor choice of words. My death will probably be caused by being sarcastic at the wrong time. Quote From Man Stabbed www.ktq .com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" F Quote From Man Stabbed www.khq.com "What are you gonna do, stab me?" WHE HD 11:01 67 The guy after getting stabbed Shouldn't have said that. nade with mematie I should NOT have said that.

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External References

[1] BNet – what are you gonna do

[2] Imgur – Well, are ya?

[3] Cracked – 5 Awful Stories You Shouldn't Laugh At

[4] KHQ – spokane stabbing

[5] Meme Center – 1st meme

[6] Reddit – memes

[7] Reddit – historymemes

[8] Instagram – fuckjerry

[9] Instagram – memelord

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