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.