Friday, November 26, 2010

Alpha Boyfriend Meme

Internet memes are more often than not disturbing to me, but this image-macro is especially upsetting. Does anyone know how long this one has been going on and how prevalent it is?

Here's a link to a discussion on a bodybuilding forum: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=128109171

4 comments:

Leila said...

That is very disturbing. I have never seen anything quite so explicitly promoting domestic violence being shared in public forums (which is saying something, considering some of the trash going around the internet). Exploring public discussions around such images or messages is an interesting and valuable exercise and/or research topic.

Heather said...

I saw this one a few months ago, so it's been circulating for at least that long. I cringe every time I see it for the exact reasons Leandra stated.

plm said...

Is as fun as seeing a women kicking a men in the balls.

Igor Oliveira said...

The reasons for this becaming a Meme among English-spakers are obscure, but I am from Brazil and I know the original meaning of this cartoon. It is a joke about misinterpretation. The woman says she is pregnant of a boy. However, in Portuguese, it is possible, though ridiculous, to understand this phrase as pregnant FROM a boy. The man hits her and calls her "pedophile slut", showing he made that interpretation. The foccus of this cartoon was not on violence, but on misunderstandig. The hit on the face was used because it is the easiest way to represant an outrageous reaction. Although most men wouldn't hit their girlfriends, I believe most of them would be really outraged if their girfriend got pregnant from a kid.