The bokepy viral phenomenon got a bit of a boost on Monday when the online news site Reddit published a post that included a picture of a dead boke, and the caption, “When the internet GETTERS LESS and LESS VIRAL than usual.”
While the post did not specifically name the site as the source of the post, it was the first time Redditors had explicitly used the phrase “Bokep,” a term popularized by the film “Bookep” by the Dutch filmmaker Aja Anya.
The post sparked outrage among many users, many of whom have since taken to Twitter to explain why it was “a little funny.”
“What if boke p’s true?,” asked one user.
“I think that’s what it’s all about, so if it’s the truth, then why are people laughing at it?,” tweeted another.
While Reddit users pointed out that the word “bokep” does not appear in the film, the post drew a quick response from the film’s director, Martin Vejle, who said he was “not going to be a laughingstock.”
“No, I don’t believe in the word ‘boke’,” Vejl said in a tweet.
“I hope that the next time it happens it’s a joke.”
The boke is a fictional character that plays an important role in the plot of the film.
In the film and its sequels, the character is an alien creature who is responsible for spreading viruses, and has an army of other creatures called “bookep.”