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Is this meme?

Last posted Jun 27, 2010 at 06:56PM EDT. Added Jun 16, 2010 at 05:02PM EDT
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This isn’t a new question. It’s been asked before. Here’s a link to the old thread.

Here’s an excerpt of what Chris said about this which I think still applies:

The top hat and monocle are key components of the stereotype of a late 19th century upper-class gentleman. This stereotype gained mainstream recognition through the editorial cartoons of newspapers and advertising of the time.

Mr. Peanut, the mascot for Planter’s Peanuts has appeared with a top hat and cane since 1916.

I’m not sure exactly of when the top hat and monocle fell out of vogue, but the use of such a character for satirical purposes never really left. To call this an Internet Meme just seems to me like it places credit in the wrong place.

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