Mesothelioma Ad Copypasta refers to a transcript from an personal injury attorney’s advertisement directed toward those suffering from asbestos-related cancer, which is often used as a non-sequitur punchline in various image macros online.
On August 29th, 2008, YouTuber injurylawassociates uploaded a a commercial for the Houston, Texas attorneys Danziger & Dellano, alerting viewers that they made “be entitled to financial compensation” if they were diagnosed with mesothelioma
“If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you may to be entitled to financial compensation. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Exposure to asbestos in the Navy, shipyards, mills, heating, construction or the automotive industries may put you at risk. Please don’t wait, call 1-800-99 LAW USA today for a free legal consultation and financial information packet. Mesothelioma patients call now! 1-800-99 LAW USA”
On May 16th, 2012, Redditor caraeeezy submitted a post asking if anyone else got the word “mesothelioma” stuck in their heads after watching attorney commercials on television to /r/DoesAnybodyElse, garnering upwards of 770 votes (86% upvoted) and 100 comments prior to being archived. On November 16th, 2014, Redditor Kelvinist joked that aliens would think our “entire economy is based on car insurance and mesothelioma lawsuits” if they were intercepting our television signals on /r/showerthoughts. On June 25th, 2016, Twitter user @cool_as_heck tweeted a distorted stock photo of a person dialing a phone captioned with the mesothelioma copypasta (shown below).
On November 4th, an emoji variation of the copypasta was posted on /r/emojipasta. On December 29th, the original copypasta was reposted on /r/copypasta. On January 4th, Tumblr user idiotdadsubmitted a photoshopped Hollywood sign with the mesothelioma ad copypasta (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained more than 8,600 notes.