Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life is a series of green text stories that often contain sexually explicit encounters between the fictional ogre character Shrek and children who pray to him.
The original “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” story was posted to 4chan on January, 14th, 2013, which tells the story of a 9-year-old boy who prays to Shrek prior to being sodomized by the green ogre character.
>I was only 9 years old
>I loved Shrek so much, I had all the merchandise and movies
>I pray to Shrek every night before bed, thanking him for the life I’ve been given
>”Shrek is love” I say; “Shrek is life”
>My dad hears me and calls me a faggot
>I know he was just jealous of my devotion for Shrek
>I called him a cunt
>He slaps me and sends me to go to sleep
>I’m crying now, and my face hurts
>I lay in bed and it’s really cold
>Suddenly, a warmth is moving towards me
On February 18th, 2013, YouTuber SgtSnuggleButt uploaded a dramatic reading of the original green text story (mirror below, left). On the following day, YouTuber CatalystEXE uploaded another reading of the story dubbed over a dark computer animation of Shrek (shown below, right). In nearly one year, the videos gained over 550,000 and 300,000 views respectively.
On March 5th, a variation of the original green text story was posted on 4chan, in which a 14-year-old performs oral sex on Shrek after the ogre chases away his entire class at school. The green text story was subsequently submitted to the /r/FiftyFifty subreddit, where it received more than 2,000 up votes and 70 comments before it was archived.
On May 28th, Redditor SirBerrington submitted a photograph of graffiti on the wall of a school library reading “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” to the /r/4chan subreddit (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post accumulated upwards of 3,900 up votes and 100 comments.
On November 30th, YouTuber syklopaattii uploaded a Garry’s Mod animation featuring the Scout character from the multiplayer first-person shooter game Team Fortress 2 portraying the boy in the original “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” story (shown below, left). On March 18th, 2014, YouTuber Sykotic uploaded a computer animated depiction of the original story (shown below, right). On March 25th, the video was submitted to the /r/videos subreddit, where it garnered over 2,600 up votes and 150 comments in the first 48 hours.