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SweetBabyFishin / Guy Feeding Barbeque Sauce to Fish

Updated Jul 10, 2024 at 11:42AM EDT by Zach.

Added Jul 10, 2024 at 10:06AM EDT by Phillip Hamilton.

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Overview

SweetBabyFishin, also known as Guy Feeding Barbeque Sauce to Fish, is an Instagram user who, in June 2024, began posting videos of himself force-feeding Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce to fish (particularly largemouth bass) that he just caught, then throwing them back into the water. The videos went viral in July 2024 after they were shared on X / Twitter, inspiring reactions, memes and backlash towards the user, with many seeing the act as animal cruelty and demanding his account be taken down or legal action be taken against the user.

History

On June 3rd, 2024, Instagram[1] user sweetbabyfishin posted his first video in which he pours Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce into a fish's mouth and over its body, then tosses the fish back into the lake, captioning the video, "sauce em and toss em," garnering over 740 likes in a month (shown below). Two people are present in the video and both laugh as they throw the fish back.



The user posted six more videos between June 3rd and July 7th. The most popular video was the second that he posted to Instagram[2] on June 3rd in which he does the same thing as a friend cheers him on, garnering over 649,000 likes in a month (shown below, left). On July 7th, he uploaded a video to Instagram[3] that gained over 3,000 likes in three days (shown below, right).



Online Presence

July 2024 Virality

On July 8th, 2024, X[4] user @15HunnidJustin shared several of sweetbabyfishin's videos, writing, "There’s a IG page dedicated to catching fish and pouring BBQ sauce in the fish mouth and this gotta be top 5 dumbest shit the internet has ever seen," garnering over 53,000 likes in two days.

The videos garnered significant criticism from viewers. That day, X[5][6] users @kokabiel__ and @hoeglizzy made critical posts responding to the videos, the former calling it animal cruelty and wondering why animal cruelty towards non-mammals is "normalized," garnering over 91,000 likes and 150,000 likes, respectively, in two days (shown below, left and right).


lil bugdrool @kokabiel__ why is animal abuse towards non-mammals just so casual and normalized?? the cognitive dissonance im feeling rn towards these comments is unreal Justin @15Hunnid Justin • Jul 8 There's a IG page dedicated to catching fish and pouring BBQ sauce in the fish mouth and this gotta be top 5 dumbest s--- the internet has ever seen sweetbabyfishin posts 2,958 followers following Sweet Baby Ray Fishin Large mouths and Sweet Baby Rays. All you can eat. Daily videos of fish getting the Sweet Baby treatment Follow II 0:02 0:00 Message + Rate proposed Community Notes 7:24 AM · Jul 9, 2024 - 2.8M Views Watch again ↑ Leo @hoeglizzy White people get bored and start bothering everything around them Justin @15HunnidJustin ⚫ Jul 8 There's a IG page dedicated to catching fish and pouring BBQ sauce in the fish mouth and this gotta be top 5 dumbest s--- the internet has ever seen sweetbabyfishin 7 posts 2,958 followers 1 following Sweet Baby Ray Fishin Large mouths and Sweet Baby Rays. All you can eat. Daily videos of fish getting the Sweet Baby treatment Follow II 0:00 Message + Rate proposed Community Notes 10:45 PM - Jul 8, 2024 - 4.6M Views ↑

On July 9th, 2024, X[7] user @TRIGGERHAPPYV1 shared one of the videos, garnering over 17,000 likes in a day. Later that day, X[8] user @microgoeswild made a post discussing the dangers of feeding a fish BBQ sauce that garnered over 9,200 likes in a day, writing:

Things like bbq sauce have garlic and onion which contain compounds such as thiosulfates and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells in fish, leading to hemolytic anemia. The sugar in the sauce can also cause an excess of bacterial and fungal growth which will fuck up their digestive tract and affect the water quality around them when they poop. Doing shit like this can fuck up the entire ecosystem for a couple likes. It’s not even funny content. It’s just destructive and abusive and stupid.

Also on July 9th, X[9] user @DubzyOnceAgain posted, "A poor bear is gonna eat this fish and then go the rest of its life chasing that dragon," garnering over 92,000 likes in a day (shown below). That day, one of the videos was posted to the subreddit /r/iamatotalpieceofshit,[10] garnering over 9,900 upvotes in a day.


Dubzy @DubzyOnceAgain A poor bear is gonna eat this fish and then go the rest of its life chasing that dragon Crime Net @TRIGGERHAPPYV1 - Jul 9 This man dumps barbecue sauce into fish's mouths and posts it on instagram 8:16 PM - Jul 9, 2024 3.3M Views

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Gismirante
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I've been going around the internet, PLEADING with people to report a man who films his dogs brutally murdering cats and posts the videos on Youtube (who declines to suspend his account), and THIS is what gets attention?!??!?!?!

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