In 1998, the ‘Bert is Angry’ meme trend began to become popular when Dino Ignacio created a website where Sesame Street character Bert was photoshopped into old historical photographs were uploaded to the site. The images on www.bertisevil.tv were meant to be funny and the Project was called Bert is Evil because there was there was a belief that Bert was evil. For example there were images of Bert as part of the KKK as well as being involved in the JFK assassination (see images). The great success of this trend was no doubt due to the fact that these images of Bert in unexpected places/photographs was that people could easily photoshop their own photographs and were also able to easily share them with the rest of the world thus helped the trend grow even more.
However, although ‘Bert is Evil’ became very popular and hit an all time high around 2001 because of 9/11, the trend began to die down and decline in popularity around 2004.