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Gatekeeping / Gatekeep

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Gatekeeping or Gatekeep is a slang term referring to the process of a group or individual restricting access to information from another group. In meme culture, gatekeeping is used to describe how a fandom or community may try to restrict or hide information from newer members, fans or normies. Gatekeeping can also be described as making a culture or community exclusive in order to keep it from going "mainstream." The subreddit /r/gatekeeping often receives jokes in the format of Oh You Love X? Name Every Y memes. Interest in the term "gatekeeping" in meme culture grew exponentially after the rise of the catchphrase Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss meme in 2021.


It's unknown when exactly gatekeep was first used online, but search interest in the term steadily rose during the 2010s until it saw a sharp rise in the early 2020s.[7] On March 3rd, 2012, Urban Dictionary user sarahalyse posted a definition for the term for the first time to the site, gathering over 2,900 likes in 10 years (seen below).[1]

Gatekeeping When someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity. "I love punk bands like Green Day!" "Ugh, they're not even punk. They totally sold out." "Oh man, I love Harry Potter. I am such a geek!" "Hardly. Talk to me when you're into theoretical physics." "Erika Moen is my 1 y favorite queer cartoonist." "She's not queer, she married a man!" "Quit your gatekeeping. No one died and made you Queen of the Gays!" by sarahalyse March 3, 2012 2941 456 FLAG


A prominent early internet meme about gatekeeping was "Oh You Love This Band? Name Three of Their Albums" style phrasal template, a joke that likely precedes the internet. An example of the joke format can be seen below.[2]

d @jawncheadle 1. There's food at home 2. I'm not one of your little friends (went 3x platinum) 3. I'll give you something to cry about David DeWeil @daviddeweil. May 13, 2017 Oh you love your mom? Name three of her albums Show this thread 10:02 PM . May 13, 2017 11.2K Retweets 232 Quotes 17.6K Likes

On July 23rd, 2016, the subreddit /r/Gatekeeping was created to host examples of people gatekeeping things. On November 28th, 2017,[3] a post about someone trying to gatekeep Salvador Dali gathered over 44,000 upvotes on the subreddit (seen below, left). On January 10th, 2018, Redditor /u/ajd011394[4] posted an example of someone gatekeeping being vegan, gathering over 54,000 upvotes in five years (seen below, right).

44.1k nyeupe this h Only art students have eyes ( submitted 5 years ago by [deleted] X 679 comments share save hide report crosspost hide all child comments XIX only art students/art enthusiasts will get how cool this watch is literally everyone knows who salvador dali is 54.1k Because heaven forbid non-vegans eat vegan foods ( submitted 5 years ago by ajd011394 X 2975 comments share save hide give award report crosspost hide all child comments T-Mobile Home (12) + 11:27 AM Hey! I loved your tofurkey dinner recipe you shared, how long have you been vegan? @86% Hey thanks! I love making it haha. I'm not a vegan though, I'm sorry glad you enjoyed it Oh vegetarian? No, I just don't like the taste and texture of most meats haha Oh So your like pretending to be a vegan cause it's cool and in? I've been. vegan for 3 years now and it was the best decision I've made in my life. It's not hip or cool. It's important. Aa T-Mobile Home (12) + Good for you!! That's great! I am not pretending to be a vegan at all, in fact I'm quite open about eating beef on profile. There's public posts that state that. I just like tofu more than most meats. Tofu is strictly for vegans vegetarians. You are basically admitting to appropriating us and stealing what we need for your own selfish use. I'm going to request to the admin that you are removed from our group. 86% With all due respect, I'm not appropriating anything, I'm eating food I like you absolute f--- Aa

Gatekeeping as a concept explored in memes became more popularized after the year 2019, eventually leading to the creation of the Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss meme trend. On July 10th, 2020, the Instagram[5] page @pairofkingspod posted a meme about gatekeepers, gathering over 4,000 likes in three years (seen below, left). On March 13th, 2021, the Instagram[6] page @2.718281828459045235360287420 posted a now-deleted tweet about gatekeeping, gathering over 54,000 likes in two years (seen below, right).

Wanaodh An interesting brand you'd love to research and learn more about A toxic, gatekeeping "die-hard" community who have completely misinterpreted the designer's message mrs jesse pinkman @fluoxetinefairy idkkk men doing coke is kind of weird to me.. like that's a girl drug 4:56 AM 2/16/21. Twitter for iPhone 4,633 Retweets 1,713 Quote Tweets 70.8K Likes ↑ mrs jesse pinkman @fluoxetine... 1d... Replying to @fluoxetinefairy f--- it yeah i am gatekeeping cocaine and whos gonna stop me 20 193 27 5,347 ↑

Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss

Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss is a parody of the phrase "Live, Laugh, Love" used in a variety of shitposts, that began on Tumblr in January 2021. The phrase is used to mock the stereotypical sentiments of the typical "empowered feminist," with each term holding a negative connotation in reference to female empowerment.

Gatekeeping Yuri

Gatekeeping Yuri refers to art that parody images that set up a contrast between two or more people or characters typically used to compare different gender stereotypes. These images intend to subvert those stereotypes by illustrating the characters finding love in each other. Common examples make use of Virgin vs. Chad and Bimbofication and often feature same-sex relationships.

Various Examples

IF NIRVANA IN 2022 Wow!! Kurt is gatekeeping his own music! "This song is off our first record. Most people don't own it." #cancelkurt so pretentious! Ignorant Kurt is unknowingly highlighting the fact that most people can't afford physical media! BAND MEMES w-- that guitar is clearly plugged in Ab i believe in gatekeeping be some ppl dont deserve to enjoy the same things as me 4114 gatekeeping my hotness by staying in my room all day 13 SPIRIT Gatekeeper Comes with: - A link to his diy blog about ambient music Not Included: - Unwarranted sense of entitlement - Superiority complex ADULT Size Costume ONE SIZE FITS MOST i do the opposite of gatekeeping. you will be forced to like my interests. you will listen NEW: Kim Jong Un reportedly bans leather coats to stop citizens from copying his look kordell @lledrook he gatekeeping drip

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External References

[1] Urban Dictionary – Gatekeeping

[2] Twitter – jawncheadle

[3] Reddit – /r/gatekeeping

[4]  Reddit – /r/gatekeeping

[5] Instagram – pairofkingspod

[6] Instagram – 2.718281828459045235360287420

[7] Trends – Gatekeep/Gatekeeping Search Interest

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There are far too many people online saying: 'Gatekeeping is bad… also anyone who is not perfectly politically aligned with me is a Nazi and should be run out of this hobby or prevented from entering it.'


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