Why are you still here?
Because we need at least one person to fill the role of Forum Ass.
Back on topic…
I created an analogy for Cyber6x’s post:
Unwanted internet fame is like a mosquito bite. The more you scratch at it to relieve that annoying itch, the bigger it gets, the more it itches and the longer it lasts
But unlike mosquito bites, there’s no cream you can put on it. The only thing you can do it ignore it as much as possible no matter how much it stings. Eventually it will go away.
But here’s something that I think would help to remember:
Often memes that feature you are not targeted at you directly in any personal way, rather they are targeted at a certain image or stereotype. The memes don’t suggest that you actually are that image or stereotype.
Is Butthurt dweller actually butthurt and living in his basement? Is college liberal actually a liberal and in college? We don’t know. Those memes don’t say anything about those actual people in those macro’s
If you show up in a meme: It just so happens that your appearance at the time, complimented the stereotype and image that the meme is about, so it was used for it. It has nothing to do with you personally
So when you see Scumbag Steve, you are not seeing a personal attack on Blake Boston, you are a seeing an attack on the Scumbag stereotype.
Likewise when you see Potato Girl, you are not seeing an attack on Heidi Crowter, you are seeing a joking portrayal of goofiness.
Notice there that I didn’t say ‘Down Syndrome’. I never actually thought that the Potato Girl meme was ever directed at people with Down Syndrome directly when I first saw it. I thought it was just creating a goofy character. We make jokes out of slow, silly, goofy characteristics all the time (Biggest example: Derp) but we rarely ever equate those to actual mental disabilities.
The only reason why Derp (and concequentially Derpy Hooves as well) have any connection to disabilities at all is because people added the connections in there after the meme was created despite the fact that the meme was never made with that intention
I bet nobody would be talking about how the Potato Girl meme portrays people with Down Syndrome if Heidi Crowter said nothing at all. In fact, I bet nobody would have though about down syndrome in the first place, either negatively or positively. Hell, nobody would even know who Heidi Crowter is and would never recognize her in real life.
So in conclusion of this whole thread: Do nothing at all or play along with it.
Oh, actually I have an idea to remove your unwanted meme fame: commercialize it!
Capitalize on your own meme and try to make a profit from it. Then people will want to just ignore the meme from then on.
You can also try getting the writers of Family Guy to include your meme. That will kill it indefinitely as well