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A forced meme can be commonly defined as something that a person or group attempts to force into internet culture. Many forced memes never become embraced by the communities they are forced upon, but some have successfully become a part of Internet culture.
When 4chan users attempted to force the Simpsons character Millhouse as a meme, a new catchphrase, “Milhouse is not a meme”, was formed simply out of denial of the status of Millhouse being a meme.
While “Millhouse is not a meme” is still thoroughly based in the controversy over the forced meme, posts regarding Millhouse have become popularized because of this controversy.
Fuck Yeah Seaking
“Fuck Yeah Seaking” originated on /b/ as a forced meme similar to Milhouse. Now, F* Yeah Seaking is popular not only on /b/ but many other websites, commonly seen interacting with other memes. People still note the fact that it is a forced meme, but that particular history has faded through use of the meme.
Common examples of forced memes can be found as “gets” on 4chan. There will be a time when a person posts a picture, followed by “(#) get and this is a meme.” If the get is a fail, people are happy that they won’t have to deal with the implications of the get had it been gotten.
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It’s very possible that there are many other forced memes than most may think. Because of the anonymous nature of the internet, there’s a lot of room for a single person or group to carefully manipulate the masses into accepting a certain thing as a meme.